Having been frustrated in the vain attempt to fool my Corolla into believing it could be a 4×4 if it only tried hard enough, I decided to admit defeat to the horrendous, rain soaked tracks passing as roads and return to Ndlovu camp. Unable to get out and enjoy the wildlife, I certainly wasn’t going to let the excellent opportunity to enjoy the prolific birdlife pass me by. I consequently spent quite a few happy hours madly chasing one bird species after another around Ndlovu camp, alternately looking like a madman and a freak in my pursuit of anything that dared fly past me.

This gorgeous male Goldentailed Woodpecker (Campethera abingoni) was the most satisfying capture of the day, but boy did he make me work for it!

Interestingly, the golden tailed woodpecker is found in both my native Canada as well as southern Africa.

Ndlovu camp, Hlane reserve, Swaziland.


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Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesover 4 years ago

    Well worth it by the looks of it Dan….and don’t worry, I have looked similar I am sure

  • If nothing else, it was a great way to spend an afternoon=). Good to know I’m not the only nut out there.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittabout 4 years ago

    You are absolutely as good a writer as you are a photographer……

  • Wow…thanks Ginger. Appreciate the encouragement!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartabout 4 years ago

    wow, what unique coloring and pattern. – dennis

  • They certainly do stand out, and they’re fascinating to watch.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    10 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Thanks Konstantinos!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you very much Larry!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • Thanks so much Wayne!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • sarniebill1
    sarniebill1over 2 years ago

    Stunning bird congratulations

  • Thanks so much!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Graeme Mockler
    Graeme Mocklerover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Graeme! This one really made me work for the photo so was very gratifying when I was finally able to get a decent shot.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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