Magic Tree

Hildebrandt's Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Every once in a while when out looking for birds, you find a Magic Tree that seems to be a magnet for several species. Such was the case with this acacia our group encountered on the Tanzania part of our trip while traveling from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti. Here are a few pictures of some of the more colorful species that came to this tree.

Vitelline Masked Weavers

Vitelline Masked Weavers

The challenge in this situation is trying to decide which bird to focus on first since it’s impossible to photograph them all.

Beautiful Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

I was quite a distance from the Beautiful Sunbird above, and it never emerged from behind the thorns for a good view. But later, the individual below was closer and a bit more visible.

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Also beautiful, if more frequently seen, is the Scarlet-Chested Sunbird.

Scarlet-Chested Sunbird

Scarlet-Chested Sunbird

Perhaps not in the same tree, but on the same day, the White-Browed Scrub Robin below gave me a nice look.

White-Browed Scrub Robin

White-Browed Scrub Robin

And the magic continued yet another yellow weaver with black markings on its face to add to the collection. This is the Lesser Masked Weaver.

Lesser Masked Weaver

Lesser Masked Weaver

Hope you enjoy the short break from snowy scenes. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Magic Tree

    • I don’t know if there is a Greater. Not in my field guide for this area. I often wonder where they come up with these common names. Wonder if they were comparing it to the Vitelline Masked. I’ll have to research this further.

    • Thanks so much, Bob. As for your question, I don’t know – maybe it’s all a matter of perspective. We have some pretty gorgeous birds too, we are just used to them. Anyway in the long run, I spend more time trying to figure out the less colorful species I captured. But I lean toward the Weaver too: as a group I found the Weavers colorful, friendly and noisy. My kind of birds. 🙂

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