Sunday 3 October 2010

A private show

I made a short trip to Tuti on my own this weekend and the highlight was a fabulous display by a male Pin-tailed Whydah to his would-be mate. Despite her seeming indifference, the female was clearly interested and kept flying back to prominent perches to be courted.

Displaying Pin-tailed Whydah, Tuti, 1st October 2010

By comparison, this Beautiful Sunbird barely deserved a second look.

Beautiful Sunbird, Tuti, 1st October 2010

As my trip was only short I drove most of the way to the end of the island and spent most of my time looking for migrants in the bushes at the end. There were a few about, with Sylvia warblers being the most noticeable. Many went unidentified in the thick bushes, but most common were Blackcaps, with Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler also seen.


  1. These birds are stunning, and you are such a talented photographer. I came across your blog as I was researching the Egyptian Vulture. I absolutely can not believe there's birds like this in Sudan... I only ever come across those hideous pigeons.

    What an wonderful blog, I'll definitely be bookmarking it.

  2. We took this close-up footage in South Africa of Pin-tailed Whydahs feeding on a termite nest. We initially thought they were Larks but were told that they are in fact juvenile and female Pin-tailed Whydahs, Widow and Masked Weavers

    Is this correct?