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Throwback Thursday #28
A great Challenge from Wetanddustyroads
Club Mykonos , Langebaan. May /June 2011
Our first visit to Langebaan.
Now We are living here!
Debbie from Travel With Intent blog One Word Sunday Challenge
Wordless Wednesday : Grassula blooming
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #252 What’s Bugging You?
Donna is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge
Insects are also called bugs
What are the 4 types of bugs?
The largest numbers of described species in the U.S. fall into four insect Orders: Coleoptera (beetles) at 23,700, Diptera (flies) at 19,600, Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps) at 17,500, and Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) at 11,500. Google
Nature Photo Challenge: #15
Denzil Nature: Birds feeding and drinking
Last Photo on the card for May 2023
From my Cell phone
From my Camera
On the Paternoster beach
Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Blues
Bird of the week #14
The bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus) is a bushshrike. This family of passerine birds is closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, and was once included in that group. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique.
The adult bokmakierie is a 22–23 cm long bird with olive-green upperparts and a conspicuous bright yellow tip to the black tail. The head is grey with a yellow supercilium, and the strong bill has a hooked upper mandible. The underparts are bright yellow with a broad black collar between the throat and breast, which continues up the neck sides through the eye to the bill. The legs and feet are blue-grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are a dull grey-green below, and lack the black gorget.
There are four subspecies, differing mainly in colour shade and size.
The bokmakierie has a range of loud whistles and calls, often given by a pair in antiphonal duet, but the most typical is the one that gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik. Levaillant called it bacbakiri based on the local name derived from its call. The Dutch settlers called it bokmakierie.
Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the bokmakierie is shy and skulking. This bird has a typical shrike diet of insects, small lizards, snakes, small birds and frogs. It is preyed upon itself by snakes, mongooses, and large shrikes like the northern fiscal and southern boubou