Lots of Rufous Bush-robin family groups around. They'll be going soon.
The Purple Swamphens are less cautious now and this one was 'openly' feeding with two chicks.
This bird looks like a juvenile from last year - paler colours and some greyish feathers extending down from the chest to underparts.
A fine adult.
A couple of marsh terns were fishing last week - one each of Whiskered
and White-winged. Very nice to see the summer plumage (they are really quite difficult to photograph with the SX50).
After the reservoir I went to check in on the Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters. I heard them distantly calling but soon found them. There are at least two family groups here and I really cannot believe that they are migrants from breeding sites elsewhere. I had the most amazing views this morning - I waited quietly in the shade under a tree and for a minute three of the beauties flew around the tree within a few metres of me. When I moved for my camera they spooked and flew off to a more usual 70-100 m distance.
(such a shame that neither of them is in focus!)
Always happy to show off the good side of the Canon SX50 - this photo is uncropped, hand held at 100x.
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