A pair of Hadedas instead

So no guinea fowl photos, but I managed to capture this pair of Hadeda (or Hadada) Ibis instead. These are large birds which occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Their common name comes from their loud, very distinctive haa-haa-haa-de-dah call. Read more on Wikipedia . . .

These are interesting rather than pretty birds, but I find the glossy bluish tone on the wing feathers so beautiful.

The Hadedas are very common in our area, and spend a lot of time feeding in the local gardens. Hopefully what they are doing here is eating the worms and snails in our garden. As we don’t believe in using pesticides, we have to rely on the natural predators to get rid of them.

Rosie (our dog) hates Hadedas with a passion, and if she’s outside chases them if they land on our property. She was very upset because I wouldn’t let her out to chase these two. Rosie is turning out to be a bit of a liability in my quest to becoming a better bird photographer!

Because of the contrasts of bright sunshine and deep shadow, it was difficult to get the lighting right in these photos.



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14 Comments on “A pair of Hadedas instead”

  1. bagnidilucca
    January 18, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    These are beautiful birds. In Brisbane white Ibis have become pests in the city. They are beautiful too, but they seem to be thriving in the city and there are too many of them scavenging for food.

    • January 18, 2011 at 7:01 am #

      Can imagine that too many white Ibis would be a problem in the city. Where do they hang out – in the residential gardens or the city itself?

      The Hadedas are definitely NOT endangered in South Africa!

  2. January 18, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    What gorgeous birds, Lisa! And I too love that blue tone in the feathers. Stunning photos of some really beautiful birds! Congrats—–
    Hugs from Haiti,

    • January 18, 2011 at 7:04 am #

      Thanks! I couldn’t believe my luck when these two were feeding calmly so close to the house.

  3. January 18, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    These are great photos! Love the evidence of the dig on the bills. When my cat was still a kitten, she used to practise her stalk-and-catch thing on these birds. Maybe that’s why she’s still not a competent predator 🙂

    The birds are messy, though. They tend to leave some decorations behind after sitting on my landlord’s rooftop, so they get chased away quite often.

    • January 18, 2011 at 7:06 am #

      Thanks! Our cat also tries to stalk them, but they basically ignore her. They’re much bigger than her. They are scared of the dog though.

      Yes, they’re messy and noisy. I’m sure that a lot of our neighbours don’t appreciate them.

  4. January 18, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    The bluish-purple on their feathers in the shaded shots came out nicely. Very pretty! I can’t believe birds that huge just land in your yard!

    • January 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      Yes, the light has to catch the feathers just right for you to be able to see the colour in them.

      I guess it is kind of amazing that we have these birds in our gardens.

  5. January 18, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Well captured images, Lisa. We also have a couple of hadedas visiting our garden quite regularly – I don’t mind, as long as they lunch on the prolific snails! Like you, we also don’t use poisons – I grow herbs, and we have a cat, so poisons are a bad idea. But the ‘thank you presents’ those birds leave afterwards! Oof! Like splattered eggs! Everywhere! 🙂

    • January 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks! My concern – besides not liking the idea of using poisonous chemicals – is that our pets would be affected. The cat loves sleeping in the flowerbeds and the dog chews on all sorts of things.

      The Hadedas do make a mess though.

  6. January 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    they are beautiful ! and I can imagine trying to take the picture, seeing the moment and then your dog comes barking and there went the picture!! but it´s fun, isn´t it?

    • January 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      I’m hoping that the dog will get bored with chasing things some day! 🙂

  7. January 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Gorgeous birds and gorgeous photos, Lisa. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hadeda up close and personal before.
    Sunshine xx

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