Hadeda Valentines

There was a strange orange glow in the sky at sunset on Valentine’s Day. Our neighbour’s house which is painted a grey-beige colour, looked a much warmer shade. These three Hadedas were sitting on the jungle-gym, and I just liked the silhouette they made. As I was taking photos the two on the right started rubbing their beaks together – some kind of courtship behaviour? The bird on the left looked like the odd one out, but later they were joined by a fourth bird.

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21 Comments on “Hadeda Valentines”

  1. February 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Lovely capture, Lisa!

  2. February 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    great lovebirds

    • February 19, 2011 at 7:29 am #

      These birds are quite big, and not too graceful, so it was really cute to see those two together like that.

  3. February 19, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    How sweet, Lisa! A perfect picture for Valentine’s day!

    • February 19, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      I only realized when I was looking at the photos yesterday that they were taken on Valentine’s Day.

  4. February 19, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Great pictures! So pretty with the background color. Always nice when a good story to go with! Love it.

    • February 19, 2011 at 7:27 am #

      Thanks! The colour of the wall is what made me get the camera out. Got lucky with the bird story.

  5. February 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I like the contrast between the walls and the birds. And, unlike the spider photos, it doesn’t creep me out at all. 😉

  6. February 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I love hadedas, even though they frequently startle the crap out of me. Great pics!

    • February 20, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks! What startles me even more than the hadedas, is when the dog suddenly barks next to me because she realizes that there are hadedas in the garden.

      • February 20, 2011 at 10:23 am #

        Haha. The other day I was sitting on the deck, and I had been there for at least a half an hour. Suddenly a hadeda took off squawking from right under the deck. It was so weird realizing he had been there all along. They are totally silent, then suddenly transform into the loudest animals on earth.

      • February 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

        Sneaky for such big birds, aren’t they?! 🙂

  7. February 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    and on Valentines day!!! great captures!!

    • February 20, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Thank you! Only realized much later that the photos were taken on Valentine’s Day.

  8. bagnidilucca
    February 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    What strange looking birds. I have not seen them before.

  9. Sarita Botha
    February 21, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Love the photos!

    • February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      An improvement on spider photos?! 🙂

      • Sarita Botha
        February 22, 2011 at 8:17 am #

        Very much so!

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