Golden tailed woodpecker

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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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