"A lovely bird that gets its common name from the Tacazze River in northern Ethiopia where this species was reportedly first collected. This species is placed into the taxonomic family, Nectariniidae, the sunbirds and spiderhunters.

We reached the Ngorngoro Serena lodge in the evening and with the lodge built nicely in a valley on the rim of the crater, the light was fast fading away. I spotted some weaver birds around the lodge and just as I was getting ready to take a shot, this beautiful bird came and sat on the same tree but on a higher branch. Fortunately though it was sitting low enough for me to be able to get a decent shot even in low light."



"The Bateleur is a medium-sized eagle in the bird family Accipitridae. It is the only member of the genus Terathopius and probably the origin of the ""Zimbabwe bird"", national emblem of Zimbabwe.

Since we started going around Tanzania, we saw this bird several times flying overhead and I so wished to see it perched on a tree top. As if to fulfil that wish or going a step ahead, it decided to come and sit on the grass floor. Wish fulfiled!"


"Uncommon to fairly common in riparian woodland we spotted this bird in the Ngrongoro crater. The Schalow's Turaco is a frugivorous bird in the Musophagidae family. It is named after Herman Schalow. Mature birds have, on average, the longest crests of any turaco species.

While going around our lodge a member of our group spotted a bright green bird with red wings landing on a tree at about 100 m from where we were walking. Using our 400 mm lens we could see that it was a beautiful bird with bright red petal shape around its eye but we did not know what bird it was.

The next morning as usual I decided to prioritise a walk next to the lodge over my breakfast. To my absolute surprise the Turaco was sitting right on a tree next to the tents feeding on the figs. What luck!"


"The Red-billed Firefinch or Senegal Firefinch is a very small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in almost all parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

A red ball just shot from a neighbouring bungalow across the creeper and behind our host's bungalow. I tried to look with extreme caution since I wasn't sure where exactly it would be sitting behind there. At a distance I saw some small birds sitting on the ground feeding on something. There were a couple of red ones in the middle of a crowd of about 8-10 birds. Suddenly there was some disturbance at the other end of the bungalow and the birds flew off with a couple of them seen here very close to the end where I was waiting!"



"The Long-tailed Paradise Whydah or Eastern Paradise Whydah, is a small brown sparrow-like bird of Eastern Africa.

You should see this bird fly. It looks anything but a bird. When I saw it for the 1st time from a distance it almost looked like a small plastic bag piece flying due to strong wind current. Although not very graceful in flight, it stuns by its shape and color!"



"The Hildebrandt's Francolin is a species of bird in the Phasianidae family. The species is named after Johannes Hildebrandt, who collected the first specimens in Kenya. This one here is a male.

We were in Lake Manyara reserve which is a realtively thick forest unlike most others in African continent. We were only getting used to spotting birds and animals in the thicket, when suddenly a pair of these francolins came out of the bush right in front our 4X4. It was so close to us that I actually had to go back a bit since I was using 100-400mm telephoto lens to get a full frame shot of this bird."



"The White-bellied Go-away-bird, is a widespread bird of Africa in the turaco family. Typical calls are a nasal haa-haa-haa, like bleating of a sheep, and a single or repeated gwa (or g'away)

Although widespread, we saw just a couple of these during our trip and this one here is a female. Sexes can be distinguished from the color of the bill. Although its a turaco species, it is comparatively very less shy and can be spotted easily."



"The Kori Bustard is a large bird native to Africa. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight. It is generally a somewhat scarce bird.

During my first trip to Kenya we tried pretty hard to spot this bird but without any luck. Again this time when we spotted this bird, it was late in the day and I had exhausted my camera batteries clicking photos all day and so was not able to get a shot. Remembering my previous experience, I thought I had missed mt chance again. However, the next day we spotted a significant number of these often in groups of 2-6."



"The Asian palm civet, also called toddy cat, is a small member of the Viverridae family.

At Bandhavgarh we decided to visit the fort inside the forest in the afternoon when the park is closed. There is a small staircase which leads to a big statue of Vishnu at the bottom of the ascent to the fort. There is also a big pool of water and thick forest here. With temperatures at 48 degrees, we decided to rest a bit in the thicket before starting to climb. This civet probably without realising we are there came down for a drink. However, as soon as it spotted us it made a run for a tree top. Fortunately I got a few shots before it could disappear in its burrow in the tree."



This cub in Bandhavgarh was sitting on a kill of a deer with his sibling and their mother. With a dozen vehicles crowding to get a glimplse, it was extremely nervous. Their mother had already crossed the road but still the cub could not gather courage to do so. The mother then decided to come to them again and after reassuring them managed to make them cross the road.