31. mai 2015

Blyde kanjoni vaated

Blyde canyon Blyde canyon Blyde canyon
Ka udusel ja vihmasel ilmal on oma võlud. Näiteks Aafrikas võimendusid siis värvid, lauspäikese puhul oleks olnud siin tulemus hoopis teine. Mpumalanga provints, LAV.
The views of Blyde canyon. Even the foggy and cloudy day has its merits. In Africa the colors intensified during these conditions. Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

30. mai 2015

Rüüt, Pluvialis apricaria

Rüüt, Pluvialis apricaria, Eurasian Golden Plover
43. Fotograafil ei õnnestu alati lähedale hiilimised - soov oli rüütidest (rüütadest?) portreepilte teha, kuid täpselt nii lähedale siis jõudsingi. Harjumaa.
43. Getting close to the subject does not always work out - I wanted to make portrait shots of a Eurasian Golden Plover but this was as close as I got. Harjumaa, Estonia.

29. mai 2015

Nõgihaigur, Egretta ardesiaca

Nõgihaigur, Egretta ardesiaca, Black Heron
Punk on lahe! Nõgihaigur Gautengi provintsis, Lõuna-Aafrika Vabariigis.
Bad hair day! Black Heron in Gauteng province, South Africa.

28. mai 2015

Salu-lehelind, Phylloscopus trochilus

Salu-lehelind, Phylloscopus trochilus, Willow Warbler
Eest...
From front...
Salu-lehelind, Phylloscopus trochilus, Willow Warbler
...ja tagant. Salu-lehelind tärkavas kevades, Pärnumaal.
...and from behind. Willow Warbler in a sprouting spring in Pärnumaa, Estonia.

27. mai 2015

Lõuna-Aafrika kaelkirjak, Giraffa giraffa giraffa

Lõuna, Aafrika, kaelkirjak, Giraffa, camelopardalis, South, African, Cape, Giraffe, Kruger, National, Park, Africa, Kaido Rummel
Kaks pead on ikka kaks pead! Krugeri rahvuspark, LAV.
Two heads are better than one! South African Giraffe, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

26. mai 2015

Kanepilind, Carduelis cannabina

Kanepilind, Carduelis cannabina, Acanthis cannabina, Common Linnet, Eurasian Linnet, Linnet
Kanepilind kaunist kevadõhtut nautimas, Pärnumaal.
Eurasian Linnet enjoying a beautiful spring evening in Pärnumaa, Estonia.

25. mai 2015

Kaelus-kuningkalur, Megaceryle torquata

Kaelus-kuningkalur, Megaceryle torquata, Ceryle torquata, Ringed Kingfisher
Kaelus-kuningkalur õigustab selgelt oma nime. Foto tehtud õhtuhakul Vaikse ookeani kaldal, Nicoya poolsaarel, Costa Ricas.
Ringed Kingfisher clearly justifies its name. The photo is taken in the evening by the coast of Pacific ocean in Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica.

24. mai 2015

Savannihaigur, Ardea melanocephala

Savannihaigur, Ardea melanocephala, Black-headed Heron
Eristuv. 
Savannihaigur peaks nime poolest olema savanni justkui loodud, kuid tuleb tõdeda, et märkamatuks see lind kuival hooajal küll selles keskkonnas ei jää. Ta sarnaneb nii suuruselt kui välimuselt meie mailgi kohatava hallhaigruga. Sterkfontein Dami looduskaitseala, LAV.
Distinguishable.
Black-headed heron does not go unnoticed in savannah. The "camouflage" is rather uneffective during the dry season, I would say. The bird is very similar to our own (I mean european) grey heron concerning the size and the looks. Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa.

23. mai 2015

Hänilane, Motacilla flava

Hänilane, Motacilla flava, Yellow Wagtail
Kui siin sai näha haruldast kuldhänilast, siis see on palju tavalisem (kuid Eesti lindude mõistes ikkagi väga värviline) lambahänilane (ehk lihtsalt hänilane). Kusjuures on esinenud juhtumeid, kus need 2 liiki on moodustanud ka ühiseid paare ning saanud järglasi. Pärnumaa.
Here you could see a rare citrine wagtail but this one is much more common (although still very colorful concerning the Estonian birds) Yellow Wagtail. There are recorded occasions, though, where these two species have mixed and had offsprings. Pärnumaa, Estonia.

22. mai 2015

Laimokk-ninasarvik, Ceratotherium simum simum

Laimokk-ninasarvik, Ceratotherium simum simum, White rhinoceros, White rhino, Square-lipped rhino, uMkhuze Game Reserve, Mkuze, South Africa
Nannipunnid! 
Foto esiplaanil on alfaisane, kes nautis kaunist päeva joogikoha juures. Seda hetkeni kui lähedusse jõudis kamp noori ninasarvikukutte. Noorsandid teadsid, kes on peremees, kuid siiski kompasid piire, sest taheti ju ka juua. Ühel hetkel see piir sai siiski alfa jaoks ületatud, sest vanamees jooksis hooga kamba suunas. Kuigi selge ülekaal oli noorukite poolel (ega nad keegi suuruselt alfaisasele alla jäänud ning neid oli kokku viis), pistsid nad kõik hetk hiljem võsa poole plagama nagu noored sälud. Joogikoha juurde juleti tagasi tulla alles siis kui vana ninasarvik oli lahkunud. uMkhuze kaitseala, LAV.
Wussies! 
The rhino with its back towards the photographer is a dominant male who enjoyed a lovely day by the waterhole. Until a bunch of youngsters approached from the bushes. The juniors new who is the boss but still tested the limits because they also wanted to drink. At one moment the limit was exceeded for the alpha male and it ran angrily towards the young ones. Although the bachelors had the upper hand (all of them were almost the same size as alpha and there were five of them), they all rushed towards the bushes like young bucks. They returned to the waterhole only after the alpha had left. White rhinoceros, uMkhuze Game Reserve, Mkuze, South Africa.

21. mai 2015

Karmiinleevike, Carpodacus erythrinus

Karmiinleevike, Carpodacus erythrinus, Common Rosefinch, Scarlet Rosefinch
Kuule, laula ka midagi.
Hey, sing something!
Karmiinleevike, Carpodacus erythrinus, Common Rosefinch
Ok, palun väga! Karmiinleevike Tartumaal.
Alright, here you go. Rosefinch in Tartumaa, Estonia.

Laulu salvestaja/song recorded by: Patrik Åberg, xeno-canto.org

20. mai 2015

Hulgu-madukotkas, Circaetus pectoralis

Hulgu-madukotkas, Circaetus pectoralis, Black-breasted Snake-Eagle, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Black-breasted Harrier-Eagle, Kruger National Park, South Africa, Kaido Rummel
Noor hulgu-madukotkas oma valduste kohal liuglemas Krugeri Rahvuspargis, LAV-s.
Juvenile Black-chested Snake-Eagle flying over its domain in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

19. mai 2015

Mõtus, Tetrao urogallus

Metsis, Mõtus, Tetrao urogallus, Western Capercaillie, Capercaillie, Wood grouse, Heather cock
Metsis peaks ju metsas olema! Sellel kevadel käisin nii mõnelgi korral üht metsatukka kontrollimas, kus metsiseid olla võiks, kuid ei näinud isegi mitte kaugelt seda lindu. Ega jah, kui niiviisi põldudel ringi konnatakse, siis tõesti pole imestada, et laanes vaikus vastu kaigub :) Jõgevamaa.
Western Capercaillie or wood grouse should be in the woods not on the field! This spring I was visiting several times a patch of forest where you might find a capercaillie but did not even see this bird from afar. Well, no wonder the woods are empty when ones are lingerig out in the fields :) Jõgevamaa, Estonia.

18. mai 2015

Arenali vulkaan

Arenal volcano
"Hukatuse mägi" Mordoris :) Tegelikult küll Arenali vulkaan Costa Ricas, mis meie sealkandis viibimise aegu ennast kiivalt pilvevaibaga varjas. Vaid ära sõites näitas mägi nii laavavoolust räsitud külge kui ka müstilisi rohelisi nõlvu, kuid sedagi ainult korraks.
"Mount Doom" in Mordor :) Well, actually Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica that was hidden under the cloud blanket the whole time we were in the area. Only when driving away we could see for a moment the congealed lava fields and mystical green slopes.

17. mai 2015

Lauk, Fulica atra, Coot

Lauk, Fulica atra, Common Coot, Black Coot, Coot, Eurasian Coot
Vastasseis. Foto tehtud Pärnumaal.
Confrontation. The photo is taken in Pärnumaa, Estonia.

16. mai 2015

Habe-rohtlavint, Serinus mozambicus

Habe-rohtlavint, Serinus mozambicus, Yellow-fronted Canary Habe-rohtlavint, Serinus mozambicus, Yellow-fronted Canary
No ei tahtnud see habe-rohtlavint pildistajaga koostööd teha. Kord ühe oksa taga, siis teise oksa taga. Justkui meelega nörritas :) Krugeri rahvuspark, LAV.
This yellow-fronted canary did not want to cooperate with the photographer at all. At one point behind one branch, then behind the other. It seemed like it did on purpose :) Kruger National Park, South Africa.

15. mai 2015

Sinitihane, Cyanistes caeruleus

Sinitihane, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blue Tit
Kevadine hetk Pärnumaal.
The spring moments. Blue Tit in Pärnumaa, Estonia.

14. mai 2015

Niiluse krokodill, Crocodylus niloticus

Niiluse krokodill, Crocodylus niloticus, Nile crocodile, Swaziland, Kaido Rummel
Hei, kuhu sa tõttad? Tule nüüd joo veidi vett, räägime juttu, kutsu sõbrad kah...
Hey, where are you going? Come and drink some water, let's talk a bit and bring your friends...
Niiluse krokodill, Crocodylus niloticus, Nile crocodile, Swaziland, Kaido Rummel
Novott, palju parem. Kas keegi oleks nii hea ja vaataks, et kas mul on midagi siin tagumiste hammaste vahel? Tulge lähemale, ärge häbenege. Hlane kuninglik rahvuspark, Svaasimaa.
Well, much better. Would someone be so kind and check if there is something stuck between my teeth? Come closer, don't be shy. Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland.

13. mai 2015

Punajalg-tilder, Tringa totanus

Punajalg-tilder, Tringa totanus, Common Redshank Punajalg-tilder, Tringa totanus, Common Redshank
Punajalg-tilder on oma tavapärasest keskkonnast veidi eemaldunud. Veekogude kaldad ja üleujutatud niidud on korraks asendunud heinamaaga. Harjumaa.
Common Redshank is a bit out of its usual environment. The shorelines of different bodies of water and overflown meadows have been replaced with grassland. Harjumaa, Estonia.

12. mai 2015

Kalkunkondor, Cathartes aura

Kalkunkondor, Cathartes aura, Turkey Vulture
Otse peale! Kalkunkondor Nicoya poolsaarel, Costa Ricas.
Coming in hot! Turkey vulture in Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica.

11. mai 2015

Kuldhänilane, Motacilla citreola

Kuldhänilane, Motacilla citreola, Citrine Wagtail, Yellow-headed Wagtail, Yellow-hooded Wagtail
Kuldhänilane on kaitsealune liik ning üsna haruldane nii Eestis kui Euroopas üldiselt. Põhiliseks asurkonnaks on Aasia põhjaosa. Leida võib teda Eestis vesistelt aladelt, sest linnule meeldib vees ringi kahlata. Foto tehtud Pärnumaal.
Citrine Wagtail is a protected species and a rare bird in Estonia and Europe as a whole. The main habitat lies in Northern Asia. In Estonia you can see the bird in wetlands and estuaries as this wagtail likes to wade in the water. The photo is taken in Pärnumaa, Estonia.

10. mai 2015

Kalju-kuldnokk, Onychognathus morio

Kalju-kuldnokk, Onychognathus morio, Red-winged Starling, African Red-winged Starling Kalju-kuldnokk, Onychognathus morio, Red-winged Starling
Jõulise välimusega kalju-kuldnokad on kõvad kaklejad. Kui keegi (vahet pole kas mõni röövlind või inimene) satub nende arvates liiga lähedale pesale, toimub koheselt rünnak. Arvestades, et mõnikord koondub kalju-kuldnokk ühistesse pesitsuspaikadesse, kus võib-olla üle 500 linnu, siis on see jõud, mida peab austama igaüks. Blyde kanjon, LAV.
Tough-looking red-winged starling is an aggressive bird who is often looking for a fight. If anybody (it does not matter if it's a predator or a human being) is too close to the nest, the attack is imminent. If you consider that sometimes over 500 birds may roost together, it is a force that everybody has to respect. Blyde canyon, South Africa.

9. mai 2015

Kuldnokk, Sturnus vulgaris

Kuldnokk, Sturnus vulgaris, Common Starling, European Starling
Kevadekuulutaja Tartumaal.
Harbinger of spring - Common Starling - in Tartumaa, Estonia.

8. mai 2015

Gepard, Acinonyx jubatus

Gepard, Acinonyx jubatus, Cheetah
Savanni uus sugupõlv hoiab veel enamasti ema lähedusse...
This new generation of savannah keeps usually close to the mother...
Gepard, Acinonyx jubatus, Cheetah
...kuid vaikselt-vaikselt võetakse juba ka iseseisvaid retki ette. Beebilakad kenasti tuule käes lehvimas. Krugeri rahvuspark, Lõuna-Aafrika Vabariik.
...but bit by bit they take on wanderings of their own. Baby manes flying gracefully in the wind. Cheetah in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

7. mai 2015

Kägu, Cuculus canorus

Kägu, Cuculus canorus, Common Cuckoo
Kuk-kuu, kuk-kuu. Seda häält kuuleb praegu praktiliselt igas metsatukas ning igaüks teab, et mis lind niiviisi laulab. Aga kui paljud teavad, et milline kägu välja näeb? Minu kaamera ette jäi see lind nii lähedalt esimest korda. Tartumaa.
Cuckoo, cuckoo. You can hear that sound at the moment in every forest and everybody knows who is singing. But how many know what does Common Cuckoo looks like? It was the first time that the cuckoo was that close in front my camera. Tartumaa, Estonia.

6. mai 2015

Ploceus velatus, Southern Masked Weaver

Kangurlind, Ploceus velatus, Southern Masked Weaver, African Masked Weaver, Royal Natal National Park, South Africa, Kaido Rummel Kangurlind, Ploceus velatus, Southern Masked Weaver, African Masked Weaver, Royal Natal National Park, South Africa, Kaido Rummel Kangurlind, Ploceus velatus, Southern Masked Weaver, African Masked Weaver, Royal Natal National Park, South Africa, Kaido Rummel
Kui esmaspäeval oli pilt Eesti kangurlinnust, siis täna pakun vaatamiseks väikest galeriid ühest Lõuna-Aafrika kudujast (eestikeelse nimeta). Eks see pesapunumine vajab ikka parajat akrobaatikat. Teisalt saab isane igal aastal kõvasti harjutada, sest keskmiselt teeb ta ühel pesitsushooajal üle 20 pesa. Paarilisi tal päris niipalju ei ole, kuid tundub, et nende kangurlindude seas on siiski paras peiupõud :) Gautengi provints, LAV.
On Monday there was a photo of Estonian only weaver bird but today there is a little gallery of its African relative - Southern Masked Weaver. The nest weaving is tricky, you have to be quite an acrobat to get it right. On the other hand the male gets a lot of practice because each season it builds over 20 nests. Though it does not have that many partners, it seems that there still is a lack of grooms in this weaver society :) Gauteng province, South Africa.

5. mai 2015

Colibri cyanotus cabanidis, Lesser violetear

Colibri, cyanotus, cabanidis, Lesser, violetear, Mountain, Curi, Cancha, Reserve, Monteverde, Costa, Rica, Kaido Rummel
Nokast sabaotsani ligikaudu 10 cm - see on selle koolibriliigi (millel eesti keeles nimi puudub) normaalsuurus. Antud pikkusega jääb ta muide koolibride seas kõvade keskmike hulka. Selgelt esirinnas on ta aga kiirusega. Ma ei tea, kes seda küll mõõta suutis, aga mingisse radarisse on see liik lennanud kiirusega 140 km/h. Hea, et ta kogu aeg ringi ei lenda ja leiab korraks aega lausa maha istuda. Curi-Cancha kaitseala, Costa Rica.
10 centimeters from the tip of the beak till the end of the tail - this is the normal length of Lesser Violetear. With this size it is among the average-sized hummingbirds but it stands out when it comes to speed. I do not know who managed to measure it but the maximum flight speed of this hummingbird is 140 km/h. Fortunately it does not fly all the time and sometimes even takes time to sit down for a second. Curi-Cancha Reserve, Costa Rica.

4. mai 2015

Kukkurtihane, Remiz pendulinus

Kukkurtihane, Remiz pendulinus, Eurasian Penduline-tit
Kukkurtihane roheluses päikeseloojangu aegu. Seda kangurlindu on võimalik kohata peamiselt siis, kui tead kust otsida. Niisama linnumajas teda kindlasti ei kohta. Harjumaa.
Penduline Tit in green just before sunset. You can see this weaver bird in Estonia only when you know where to look. You do not see this tit by the bird feeder. Harjumaa, Estonia.

3. mai 2015

Mustkiird-pagulind, Tchagra senegalus

Mustkiird-pagulind, Tchagra senegalus, Tchagra senegala, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-headed Tchagra, Tchagra, South Africa, Kaido Rummel
Mustkiird-pagulind on sugulane Eestis elavate õgijatega (lindudega, mille nimi on õgija :)). Käitumismudel on neil ka sarnane - jahitakse sitikaid ja muid väikeseid elukaid ning saaki ootavad nad põõsas oksal istudes. Gautengi provints, LAV.
Black-crowned Tchagra is related to European shrikes. They have also similar behaviour - the birds are hunting insects and other small prey from a perch in a bush. Gauteng province, South Africa.

2. mai 2015

Laululuik, Cygnus cygnus

Laululuik, Cygnus cygnus, Whooper Swan
Põldudele tekkinud kevadised järved hakkavad lindudega täituma. Laululuik (ja ka kiivitajad ning piilpart) Harjumaal.
The small spring lakes on the fields are filling up with birds. Whooper Swan (and also lapwings and eurasian teal) in Harjumaa, Estonia.

1. mai 2015

Vöötmangust, Mungos mungo

Vöötmangust, Mungos mungo, Banded mongoose
Maskeerunud vöötmangust savannis. Huvitava faktina tooksin välja selle, et manguste on vahest nähtud tüügassigadele puhastusteenust pakkumas. Nimelt sööb loom muuhulgas puuke ja sigade küljes puuke ikka leidub. Selline win-win olukord - mangust saab kõhu täis ja siga puukidest vabaks. Krugeri rahvuspark, LAV.
Camouflaged banded mongoose in savannah. As an interesting fact, mongooses have been seen offering cleaning services to warthogs. This animal feeds on ticks and you can find a lot of ticks on warthogs. It's a win-win situation - the mongooses get food, while the warthogs get cleaned.Kruger National Park, South Africa.