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Cape Batis - male These are usually very difficult to photograph in my garden, but this one just posed for me. Happy! The other photo in this series the the female, so great, now we have them both! Batis capensis,Cape Batis,Fall,Geotagged,South Africa,birds Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Cape Batis - male

These are usually very difficult to photograph in my garden, but this one just posed for me. Happy! The other photo in this series the the female, so great, now we have them both!

    comments (13)

  1. What a glorious top heavy bird, love the big head. You managed to capture its details very well. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! Posted 3 years ago
  2. Beautiful capture! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you!! Posted 3 years ago
  3. Fantastic capture. The details and color are amazing. Well done! Posted 3 years ago
  4. What a beautiful bird. I love the way the eye stands out. Very clean picture. Posted 3 years ago
  5. Great shot of this sweety :) Posted 3 years ago
  6. Thank you everyone! Posted 3 years ago
  7. That is the cutest little thing. Great shot; great quality and detail Posted 3 years ago
  8. Repromoting just to lure you back in, Claire ;) And to show newer members what incredible portfolio you already have. Posted 6 days ago
    1. Ha ha, thanks Ferdy! I will do my best, let's hope winter here is kind to me! Posted 6 days ago
  9. Amazing photo! I am coming to this area in 2 weeks (South Africa: Cape Town - Port Elizabeth). Any special tips for birdwatching? Posted 6 days ago
    1. Thanks Barry! Birds are abundant throughout the route you are taking! I was lucky in that most of the bird photos I took were in my local area so I got to know their movements. May I suggest that you take a look at this Facebook site, or even join as the really friendly members will probably suggest some of the best places to go. Have a great trip, I am sure you will love it, the whole route is just stunning!
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422550021314086/
      Posted 5 days ago

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The Cape Batis is a small passerine bird in the wattle-eye family. It is resident in the highlands of southern and eastern South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It is a small stout insect-eating bird, usually found in moist evergreen mountain forests and wooded gorges. The nest is a small neat cup low in a tree or bush.

The Cape Batis is strikingly patterned. The adult male has a grey crown, black eye mask and white throat. Its back is brown, with a black rump and tail and rufous wings... more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Apr 30, 2014. Captured Apr 30, 2014 13:12 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/197s
  • ISO500
  • 400mm