Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s the second batch of photos taken by Rachel Wilmoth on a trip to Kruger National Park last October (first batch of photos here). Her notes and IDs are indented; some creatures are unidentified and readers are invited to give their take.

Here are bird pictures. I am not a birder and don’t know what most of the birds are. But I’m guessing other readers can identify what I cannot. Here are the birds I can identify:
Helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris). These were all over our campsite.
Two African fish eagles (Haliaeetus vocifer) in a tree.
Redbilled oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) on impalas (Aepyceros melampus). (We also saw these birds on a rhino and giraffe).
The rest I leave to other readers more knowledgeable than myself to identify.
A wading water bird.
A beautiful small rainbow-colored bird.
A black and white bird.
Another eagle.
And a black bird with red head.


  1. Roger
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    The red head black bird looks to be a Bucorvus leadbeateri.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted January 27, 2019 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, aka the Southern Ground Hornbill, formrrly lnown as Bucorvus caffra,
      Saddle-billed stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis,
      Lilac breasted roller Coracias caudatus,
      Blacksmith lapwing (or plover) Vanellus armatus
      Martial Eagle Poledmaetus bellicosus

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted January 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        Polemaetus bellicosus (typo, sorry).
        Not 100% sure of the vultures, possibly white-backed vultures Gyps africanus

  2. John Harshman
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    The vultures are hard to figure based on that view (at least for me). But the rest are saddle-billed stork (female), lilac-breasted roller, blacksmith plover, martial eagle (?), and southern ground hornbill.

    • John Harshman
      Posted January 27, 2019 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      I’m curious as to whether anyone can see this.

      • jahigginbotham
        Posted January 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

        yep, your comments are visible.
        funnily enough i just saw on tv today the roller (national bird of kenya), the lapwing, and the ground hornbill.

        • John Harshman
          Posted January 27, 2019 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

          Ground hornbills are among my favorite birds. They’ve been half-seriously proposed as an ecological model for azhdarchid pterosaurs.

  3. mrclaw69
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    The “rainbow coloured bird” looks like a Lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus).

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! What an adventure that must have been.

  5. Mathieu Siol
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    The unidentified birds are:
    -White-backed VUlture
    -Saddle-billed Stork
    -Lilac-breasted Roller
    -Blacksmith Lapwing
    -Martial Eagle
    -SOuthern Ground-Hornbill

  6. Paul Doerder
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    One of the great things about travel is seeing new species. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

  7. Jenny Haniver
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    These are really neat birds.

  8. rickflick
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    A nice set of pics. I’m amused to see the Southern Ground Hornbill with that beady eye staring out of a gob of read skin. “Hey you! With the camera. Why don’t you mind your own bees wax”.

  9. Mark R.
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    A very delightful set of African birds. Loved the profile of the Martial Eagle (thanks Mathieu above for the names).

  10. Posted January 27, 2019 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Bravo to both the photographer and readers who identified the species! My favorites: the fish eagles and the blacksmith.

  11. charitablemafioso
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for the bird identifications and compliments on the photos! It was a great trip.

  12. Stuart MacLeod
    Posted February 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hello Jerry

    My take on the unidentified birds: Whitebacked Vulture (could also be Cape Vulture as species can appear similar) Saddlebilled Stork Lilacbreasted Roller Blacksmith Plover Martial Eagle Ground Hornbill

    Cheers Stuart

    Sent from Sandré and Kayleigh’s iPad Pro


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