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WHITE-THROATED BEE-EATER

Several weeks ago, my wife and I drove to the Legon Botanical Gardens. Now that’s a trip we’ve procrastinated on for many months, albeit it being only about 45mins away from where we live. Faithful day, we drove up there and my did nature turn up for me. Among the many was this White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) my wife spotted and pointed out to me.

A white-throated Bee-eater spotted at the Legon Botanical Gardens
A white-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis)

As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air from an open perch. However, this species probably takes mainly flying ants and beetles. White-throated bee-eaters, like other bee-eaters rely on helpers (usually relatives) to help rear the chicks. They also are gregarious and highly social and often touch each other whilst roosting. They are considered migratory, wintering in a completely different habitat in the equatorial rainforests of Africa from southern Senegal to Uganda.

A flock of White-throated Bee-eaters at the Legon Botanical Gardens
A flock of White-throated Bee-eaters

Photographing this made my day and I hope viewing the end product makes yours! Credit to mein Schatz for spotting for me on the regular.

Info. Source:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2012/may/22/10
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_bee-eater

AFRICAN DAISY

full bloom african daisy
The African Daisy in full Bloom

Also referred to as Goddess Of The Sun, The African daisy flowers reflect the beauty and the burning color of the sun. They are herbaceous annuals which close at night, in the shade, and during cloud cover, and Bloom between April and August.

Photo: Remshalden, Germany. June, 2014
Flower Facts: http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/wildflowers/african-daisy

Coat of Many Colours

Scarlet Chested Sunbird
The Scarlet-chested Sunbird

The aptly named Scarlet-Chested Sunbird, Chalcomitra senegalensis, is a strikingly colored Sunbird belonging to the bird family Nectariniidae. They feed mainly on arthropods and nectar, and can often be seen hovering around flowering plants or hawking prey aerially or plucking insects from the ground.

Scarlet-chested Sunbird sucking nectar from an aloe plant
The Scarlet-chested Sunbird feeding from the flower of an Aloe plant

The fellow in the shot is a regular of an Aloe Vera plant in my house. On one of such visits, my camera was ready

Bird

The bright colors on this bird adds to the beauty of nature and the validity of it’s intelligent design.

After the rain

A week ago after the downpour, I spotted a pretty large bird perched on the electric lines in front of our house. Beautiful Dark bird with white underparts, a long tail, yellow bill, dark feet and long talons. We tried hard, my Schatz and I to identify it by inputting the features into google search but came up with nothing. “Amateurs”. Still didn’t stop us from sharing some of our photos with you.

Large bird perching on an electric line
Large bird perching on an electric line
Yellow bill, white underparts, long tail, black feet and talons
Yellow bill, white underparts, long tail, black feet and talons
Clearer view of the unidentified bird
Clearer view of the unidentified bird
Ready for take-off. Identification anyone?
Ready for take-off. Identification anyone?

Bill looks curved like that of a predator bird but not quite. And when it flew, it moved quite close to the ground. I figured that’s in order to facilitate spotting of prey. Anyways, I’m sure my learned ornithology friends on here can help us out with identification.