Birding

General posts about birds and the art of birding.

Diederik cuckoo, male

Diederik cuckoo – observations and photos of mating rituals and nest intrusions

The unmistakeable, loud deed-deed-deed-deed-er-ick call of the diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius, is a characteristic of the spring and summer landscape of southern Africa. The species is an intra-African migrant, tending to follow the rains, returning to southern Africa in September-October (mainly October, thought to be timed for the breeding season of its Ploceidae hosts). It …

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Forbes-Watson’s Swift

A tale of serendipity

In March of 2017 I was leading a birding tour to Southern Mozambique. On 3 March, while searching for the Green Tinkerbird some 30km inland from Inhassoro, I became aware that there were swifts overhead. Without giving it too much thought I recorded Common Swift on Birdlasser, but did pause to think that it was …

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