Today I’m taking a leaf out of the de Wet’s very considerable book! I’d like to tell you a little about a new bird friend the GLW and I spotted a few days ago. This charming little bird is a Northern Wheatear. Not just any little brown job. One of my first attempts at getting a shot off wasn’t all that successful… as you can see, the little lady did a bit of a dive, leaving me with a blurry rear-end shot.
Not so bad really because I discovered this shows one of the identifying features of the bird. However, I did manage to get a few better shots. The sunlight really lit up the colours… making this pretty little bird an inviting target. This is a rather interesting bird. It’s regarded as one of the farthest migrating birds. It is also very widespread, therefore not currently being threatened, according to the IUCN.
I’m not going to tell you much more. Read all about it here on Wiki-P… you’ll be amazed to find out that some of these birds do the trip from eastern Canada, across the Atlantic to Britain and Ireland, before heading for southern Africa.
However, just before I go, I’m going to challenge Dries de Wet to prove the IUCN wrong. Surely, if the birds have been recorded in Zimbabwe and Botswana then a few must have made it the last few miles into South Africa? Mind you, a few other South Africans may also be able to join the challenge!