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Bird Photos-six of my favourites from South Africa

Updated on August 11, 2012
Artic Tern at Nahoon Estuary-East London
Artic Tern at Nahoon Estuary-East London | Source
A pair of Ostriches in Karoo
A pair of Ostriches in Karoo | Source
Marabu Stork at Punda Maria-Kruger NP
Marabu Stork at Punda Maria-Kruger NP | Source
Pygmy Kingfisher at Nahoon Estuary NR.
Pygmy Kingfisher at Nahoon Estuary NR. | Source
Vulture landing Kruger NP
Vulture landing Kruger NP | Source
Hornbill in Kruger
Hornbill in Kruger | Source

Six favorite Bird photos


Wild bird photographs are difficult to take for several reasons. Wild birds are naturally suspicious of humans and so it is difficult to get close to them. Secondly birds do not often oblige by posing for any amount of time, especially the little colorful ones like the Sunbirds and Bee-eaters.


The answer then obviously is to have a really big lens for your camera and a lot of patience, both lacking in my armor. Add to that a good bird hide, an artistic eye, a lot of luck, and a bulldog determination and you are on your way. In the South African Game reserves you are usually not allowed out of your car, due to the presence of some big and dangerous animals, and so the car becomes your hide.


Be that as it may we try our best and rather than keeping my favorites to myself I am sharing them with you. My hope is that you will come and visit our country and take your own. Of course photos are very personal and they bring back memories that only you as the photographer have.


With your big lens and all the other attributes that you have I am certain you will get some really great ones and also add to the memories recorded in your mind. Meanwhile these will have to do for now.


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      It was my pleasure, glad you enjoyed them!

    • Tricia1000 profile image

      Tricia1000 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for sharing. I love the beautiful pictures.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks Teresa.

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Love the matter-of-fact tone to your words on the left of your stunning photographs. My brother grew up as an avid bird watcher, setting up hides in the bush and everything, but didn't really take photos of the birds. Your bird photos are super, well done, and thanks for sharing them with us. Makes me realise how lucky I am to live in South Africa - what a beautiful place.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      It is a great country to visit and some time in one of the game reserves is a must. The Kingfishers are one of the beautifull bird species. Thanks for your comment.

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      Your Cousins 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is a beautiful Hub. I can't believe the vibrant colors you captured in the Pgymy Kingfisher, and I could almost hear that hornbill call! I hope to visit South Africa one day (we now have direct flights from Atlanta). I know that the game reserves will be high on my Must-See list!

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      They are also reasonably easy to find because in relation to the USA we are a small country.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Beautiful photos, Johan. I hope that I get to go to SA one day soon. Those are such interesting and gorgeous birds.

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