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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotted Dikkop and eggs

I was lucky to find this bird sitting on her eggs but when I approached, she quickly moved off so as to distract me from them. As you can see, it did not work. :)
They are a common resident and found throughout South Africa.

Open grassland is preferred by them and often seen on lawns and playing fields.

Active mainly at night but seen on cloudy days in the shade of bushes.
Eat insects, grass seed, frogs and snails.

4 comments:

Gaelyn said...

I remember seeing those at Sterkfontein Cave.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Same ones in some of the pictures. :)

Firefly said...

We have a neighbour with a double plot and they have dikkoppe on their property.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Is there anywhere they are not found Jonker? :) Noisy birds. :)