Last Wednesday I got a bit of a debate going when I challenged my South African friends to see if they could spot a Northern Wheatear. I shared the IUCN info that suggested Northern Wheatears don’t make it as far down as South Africa. However, I thought that they may make it down that far south and my suspicions were confirmed, first by Perdebytjie, and then by Dried de Wet, when he accepted my challenge.
Perdebytjie shared the Afrikaans name, Europese Skaapwagter… that translates to European Shepherd. OK, so… why on earth would they have been given the name of shepherd? Are they commonly found among sheep? I really don’t know but if you’d like to share your thoughts, please do so. Just by the way, do visit Perdebytjie’s blog… her Kalahari and Namib photography is stunning!
Back to my sightings – this week I’m showing you images of a male bird, taken in the same location as last week’s photos of the female bird. Could my suspicions be justified? Do we have a breeding pair right on our doorstep? We will keep a close eye and report back. The female was nowhere to be seen and if you’re wondering about the quality of the shots, the male wouldn’t allow us half as close as the female did so my poor lil ol lens was working past its maximum best. This last photo… the lil darling came straight at me… really testing the auto-focus!