31 October 2010

Golden-breasted bunting, Pilanesberg

Golden-breasted buntings (Emberiza flaviventris) belong to the same genus as yellowhammers. However, the other animals with which they share their environments could hardly differ more: rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and so on for this bunting (in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa); sheep, possums, rats, an occasional rabbit, etc. for the yellowhammers living here in the Pohangina Valley.

[2 May 2007, Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L IS, ISO 200, 1/500 at f5.6]

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Relatively Retiring said...

I appreciate the fact that the birds you photograph are so often watching you just as carefully as you are watching them. Some real encounters are recorded.

Zhoen said...

Bird standing there like he's above it all, in charge, and best dressed.

pohanginapete said...

RR, I long ago gave up on trying to sneak up on birds. They always know where I am, and stalking makes them nervous. Much better to amble slowly, in full view, giving them time to reassure themselves I'm not a threat.

Zhoen, it definitely has that attitude. Very pert and dapper.