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07-10-2021, 02:11 PM - 4 Likes   #11176
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Local wildlife from Delta Park today
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Mousebird


And the resident Spotted Eagle Owl


And these I suppose should be considered in this category, though they are originally from Asia, there plenty of them around and breeding profusely.


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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Local wildlife from Delta Park today
Stonechat




Cape Robin


Mousebird


And the resident Spotted Eagle Owl


And these I suppose should be considered in this category, though they are originally from Asia, there plenty of them around and breeding profusely.
Beautiful birds, Noel. Thanks for sharing! We have a lot of "foreign" parrots that have naturalized in south Florida, many different kinds. Some of them have been resident for decades, they are quite at home.
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Beautiful birds, Noel. Thanks for sharing! We have a lot of "foreign" parrots that have naturalized in south Florida, many different kinds. Some of them have been resident for decades, they are quite at home.
Thank you! I don't mind foreign birds, some of them though are aggressive and will kill some of the indigenous birds. And then there is the problem of food.

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Thank you! I don't mind foreign birds, some of them though are aggressive and will kill some of the indigenous birds. And then there is the problem of food.
Understood, and agreed. I don't think there are any issues with the parrots here, although some people feel strongly that peafowl are not good neighbors.
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Blessed to see a Black Egret a Florida Lake yesterday 3rd time I have seen one in 40 years


They are well know for speading the wings to form a cover.


I had seen it flying in earlier, but the settings on the camera were all wrong
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Blessed to see a Black Egret a Florida Lake yesterday 3rd time I have seen one in 40 years


They are well know for speading the wings to form a cover.


I had seen it flying in earlier, but the settings on the camera were all wrong
Wait -- you're in Florida?! And you didn't warn me? Oh, I see, it's a town west of Joburg! <whew> I was thinking, I am a Florida native, and I have never seen a black egret! Until now, wonderful captures, Noel, thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by OrchidJulie Quote
Wait -- you're in Florida?! And you didn't warn me? Oh, I see, it's a town west of Joburg! <whew> I was thinking, I am a Florida native, and I have never seen a black egret! Until now, wonderful captures, Noel, thanks!
LOL! That was close .

More local wildlife from Florida-West of Johannesburg
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LOL! That was close .

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I'm still laughing. Lake Florida, Gauteng...I had no idea. Learn something new every day, neh? Had me going there for a minute, I mean, we have egrets ---but a black one?! -- and several kinds of cormorants... whaaat? Thanks for a good laugh on a rainy Monday!
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I mean, we have egrets --
Few of us get through life with no egrets.

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I'm still laughing. Lake Florida, Gauteng...I had no idea. Learn something new every day, neh? Had me going there for a minute, I mean, we have egrets ---but a black one?! -- and several kinds of cormorants... whaaat? Thanks for a good laugh on a rainy Monday!
You are welcome! We also have several kinds of Cormorants 5 in fact, of which I have only seen 2. One is is found along the coast of SA and seeing that I live inland, still to see one of those. The other two would be a boon to my list of birds.

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Few of us get through life with no egrets.
LOL! Good one.

Here's the other recorded sighting -Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Note it's yellow feet.
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You are welcome! We also have several kinds of Cormorants 5 in fact, of which I have only seen 2. One is is found along the coast of SA and seeing that I live inland, still to see one of those. The other two would be a boon to my list of birds.

Here's the other recorded sighting -Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Note it's yellow feet.
I think the black egret is really beautiful. We have lots of different egrets/herons (egrets are just small herons), none of them black. Amazing. I need to dig in my archives to see if I have an image of an anhinga ("snakebird" or "water turkey"), which is sometimes confused with cormorants. Similar at a glance, but different bird entirely.
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