This is One Thing I Shall Miss

Being the type of person I am, I love wildlife and nature of all sorts. Here in South Africa, we have several species of birds and many I have never seen before and most likely will never see again.

The bird you can see in these images is one such bird. It is called Hadeda. Many people find it’s noise to be very disruptive if not annoying, me on the other hand, LOVE this bird and everything about it.

Looking through my kitchen window CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE


It is big and to me very majectic. In fact this morning after I took the pictures, one sat up on our outside concrete picnic table and from the back, you would have thought it was an eagle.

Several days this week, there has been at least a dozen or more foraging in our front yard and all over the farm.

The following information is courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Hadeda is a large (about 76 cm long), dark brown ibis with a white “moustache”, glossy greenish purple wings, a large black bill with a red stripe on the upper mandible, and blackish legs.

Hadeda-through kitchen window

It has a distinctively loud and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call that is often heard when the birds are flying or are startled, hence the name. (This is the sound many people find very annoying, but NOT me)

The Hadeda Ibis is found throughout open grasslands, savanna and wetlands, as well as urban parks, school fields, green corridors and large gardens. The countries that this bird occurs in are Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa.

It feeds mainly on earthworms, using its long scimitar-like bill to probe soft soil. It also eats larger insects, such as the Parktown Prawn, as well as spiders and small lizards. These birds also favour snails and will feed in garden beds around residential homes. They are particularly welcomed on bowling and golf greens because they are assiduous in extracting larvae of moths and beetles that feed on the roots of the grass. It is not clear how they detect these, but it seems likely that they can hear their chewing and digging.

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