Heuglin’s Masked-weaver

Heuglin’s Masked-weaver hardly rolls off the tongue does it! There are many kinds of Weaverbird. Most are fairly unextraordinary in their looks but some such as The Northern Red-bishop are extraordinary in theirs. Weavers are so-named because of the way they weave their nests from leaf fibres like a basket. They can leave Palm-trees shredded […]

Red Bishop

Red Bishop, the genus name for the Northern Red Bishop is Euplectes Franciscanus. Derived from the Greek and meaning ‘well-woven’, probably refers to their beautifully woven nests.  Franciscanus relates to a religious order from the 12th century that symbolized the crimson colour. Part of the weaver family of birds, it’s a regular visitor to Footsteps between June and […]

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Orange-cheeked Waxbill, as the name suggests has beautiful orange cheeks and belong to the finch family. The orange cheeks look almost as if they have been painted on. This delightful little bird is a daily visitor to Footsteps. It can be seen at our eco-pool mixing with Firefinch, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu and Lavender Waxbills alike. Where […]

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is so named because of its red cheeks. It is only the male that has them, however, maybe because he is embarrassed or hot who knows. They are small finches and love to hang around our Eco-pool’s filter area taking a drink from between the black-stone. lovely examples of male and female pictured […]

African Paradise Flycatcher

African Paradise Flycatcher, what a lovely name. It conjures up a mental picture of an exotic species and when you see him for the first time you won’t be disappointed. I say him because while the female is beautiful the male has a long swooshing tail which sort of reminds me of Siamese Fighting-fish. But […]


Shikra is a bird of prey and this one lives at Footsteps. You can always tell when she is around because all is quiet. Sometimes, while sitting in our purpose-built bird hide waiting to get some nice photos of whatever may come along that day, I will think, where are all the birds. Then it […]

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