Dinosaur of the week: Lilac-breasted Roller

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Coracias caudatus was one of the first species I learned to identify when we were in southern Africa a few years ago. This one posed rather nicely on a tree in Hlane National Park, Swaziland. Continue reading Dinosaur of the week: Lilac-breasted Roller

Dinosaur of the week: Cape Starling

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This Lamprotornis nitens was a curious little fellow in Hlane National Park, Swaziland. It’s also called a red-shouldered glossy-starling or Cape glossy starling. At first, I confused this species with Burchell’s Starling, but they have brown eyes, not yellow ones. Apparently, the Cape Starling is able to see in the UV-spectrum and can therefore recognize different grades of ripeness… Continue reading Dinosaur of the week: Cape Starling

Dinosaur of the week: European Turtle Dove

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This Streptopelia turtur was making the typical gentle purring noises to find a mating partner when we saw him at the RSPB reserve, Otmoor, last week. Turtle doves are classified as a vulnerable species. Main dangers are farming practices and hunting, in particular spring hunting in Malta. http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/lifestyle/environment/48705/scientists_warn_of_impending_turtle_dove_british_extinction#.VTT0-md0yUk Continue reading Dinosaur of the week: European Turtle Dove