Thursday, 19 February 2015

GOOD FENCES - Collared Palm Thrush in a Vegetable Plot at Pottery Lodge, Malawi

I went for a wander around the Nkhota -Koto Pottery Lodge area and came upon this fantastic fertile vegetable plot and found this gorgeous Collared Palm Thrush sitting on one of the fences.  Enjoy the shots.


Collared Palm-Thrush- Cichladusa arquata


20 cm; 29–38 g



A strongly patterned palm-thrush; incomplete narrow, black necklace, which divides pale buff throat and chest from greyish head, is diagnostic. Pale blue-grey eye and contrasting black pupil is striking. Juv. is streaked on crown and nape, and mottled dark brown below; necklace indistinct.


Locally common resident in thickets in Hyphaene and Borassus palm savanna.



Voice: Explosive, varied song, often including ‘weet-chuk' or ‘cur-lee chuk-chuk' phrases and imitations of other birds' songs. 





I hope you enjoyed seeing this post today and I didn’t have to think ’out of the box’ for once!!   

I am linking this post with GOOD FENCES.

Tomorrow, once again we have to be up early as we are taking a sunrise walk with an armed guard.  So pop in to see some of the reflections I found and on Saturday, I will actually take you with me on the walk.

Thanks you for visiting and also for leaving comments.

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful palm thrush - I haven't seen one before, and what a great vege garden!

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  2. Hi Margaret,
    Great that this Collared palm thrush sitting on the fence in the garden.
    It is a special kind, which I've never seen.
    The garden looks very good.

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  3. Oh how I loved seeing your Collared Palm Thrush. And of course, the reed fences tugged at my heart strings, reminding me of our Mwadui garden. thanks for the ID of the raptor. I'll change the caption shortly. Enjoy your birding .... Jo

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  4. Hello Margaret, your Collared Palm Thrush is pretty. And it was very nice to pose on a fence for you! The garden looks wonderful. Great shots..

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  5. Beautiful.... =) Have a wonderful day! blessings ~ tanna

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  6. What a gorgeous looking species, never seen one before.

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  7. How lovely Margaret, so lovely to see the Thrush - and the fence gives a beautiful backdrop to your photos :D)

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  8. A really interesting post Margaret - a pretty little bird and some great photos :)

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  9. cool fences, it looks like our bamboo!! have fun on your walk tomorrow!!!!

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  10. what a neat bird! like that fencing, too! thanks, margaret!

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  11. The bird's eyes are what really grab my attention. They are very bright and intense, like he has had just a bit too much coffee.

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  12. A pretty bird I don't think I have seen before. Neat little vegetable garden and stick fence.

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  13. Love your bird pictures, but mostly I love
    that really natural fence :))
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  14. very pretty bird. i love the fence. i have seem very similar ones in person. very useful. ( :

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  15. Hi Margaret....Wonderful pictures and the little bamboo fence is awesome! Sure like the little garden too...
    Enjoy your day.
    shug

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  16. In could do with a fence like the one you show to keep the wind down in my garden.

    peter

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  17. That's a pretty neat looking reed like fence, very different from what we see here. The bird is just adorable as we don't have those here either so it was doubly fun to view.

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  18. Your bird knowledge is incredible!

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  19. a beautiful fence and so different.

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  20. Hi Margaret, Such a pretty little bird. I love those stick style fences. The views are gorgeous and you took some amazing shots. Happy Weekend!
    CM

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  21. That thrush looks and sounds a lot like our 'thrashers' in the United States. Birds are so amazing!

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  22. This could almost be a study of how birds hold on to fences, I found I was looking how their feet where positioned.
    I'd steer well clear of the crocs.

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  23. A beautiful bird. The garden inside that rustic fencing looks really productive.

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  24. I always appreciate how much you share on your travels.
    That first photo is beautifully captured.!

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  25. What a beautiful bird. And I'm quite jealous of that wonderful vegetable garden.

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  26. What a beautiful Thrush! The vegetable garden looks like it is doing very well! I like the two-tone fence near the end of your post.

    Thanks for stopping by to comment on my fence. Hope you have a great weekend!

    Lindy

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  27. Always beautiful bird photography!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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