Saturday, May 24, 2008


It's that time of year in this part of the world -- the male widows, whydahs and their kin are changing their drab non-breeding plumage for striking fancy-dress of contrasting blacks, yellows, reds, oranges, plus in some cases super-long tail feathers. This morning I saw my first full-breeding-dress male black bishop of this season in the neighborhood. Stunning!

It was also a good morning for falcons. There were a pair of red-necked falcons in the Borassus palm in which I observed them several times a while back. Pleasant to find them still (or back) in residence there. And, twice, I had an African hobby (probably a male, based on smallish size) scythe across in front of me. It'd be hard to get faster and more elegant than these guys.