Arrow Marked Babblers…

I’ve really struggled to get a decent shot of one of these birds until today…

Arrow Marked BabblersWhen two of them just hopped over to the dog’s bowl and began pecking at lumps of sadza…

When I think of the hours I have stalked these birds! They are usually heard first, but hard to get a shot at. Elusive, they hop about in the shrubbery and then, when I have missed any number of shots, fly rapidly away to cackle from a tree, just out of camera range.

Arrow Marked BabblersLoosely translated, their name is “women’s laughter…” in the local language and they do sound like a great gaggle of women having fun!

Arrow Marked BabblersIm not sure if they were making their nest…Im told its a communal one….but who cares…I hid in the kitchen doorway, with only my lens poking through until someone walked passed…this final one as they flew away:

Arrow Marked Babblers


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