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the crow and the coucal

A Senegal coucal sits at the peak of my neighbor’s roof, drawing the sun as daylight struggles past an early morning rain. Unusual to be so exposed, coucals prefer to clamber through the undergrowth of vegetation on a hunt for bugs … Continue reading

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starling on UN blue

A starling has returned to his perch above UN Drive. Two of them, actually. They have built a nest hidden deep in the hollow of a power pole. Lady starling, very discrete as the pair fly direct to their secret nest, her … Continue reading

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curiosity between species

Two shadows circled down from a nearby palm to scramble into the branches of a mimosa tree overgrowing our path through Old Embassy Compound. Plantain-eaters, often timid, usually keep their distance, but today we were allowed a closer look. The two birds … Continue reading

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kite sailing the sea-breeze

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the morning rounds of Plantain-eaters

A pair of Plantain-eaters pause briefly in a tree top on the grounds of Old Embassy Compound, Monrovia, before cruising on to their next perch. Easily identifiable in flight, the flash of white wing patches snap a staccato accent to their … Continue reading

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yellow-billed kite

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Senegal parrot

Not sure of the tree species flowering in the back garden but this morning it was busy with Senegal parrots. They seem to relish the flower spikes.

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Saturday morning with the Plantain-eaters

Perching on a wire above the street, a lone Plantain-eater, preening feathers along her back, stopped to assess any potential threat as I approached on my walk with Elle. Apparently neither of us posed sufficient danger, and she resumed her … Continue reading

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Western plantain-eater

A Western, or Grey plantain-eater cruises above the tree-tops over Old U.S. Embassy Compound in Monrovia. They are of the Turaco family, half a meter in length, head to tail. Like the turacos, they have a loud, crowing call.

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starling

Starling on a wire. Iridescent blue and green, golden eye watching.

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