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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, 26 January 2011: Look who's visiting!

Look who's visiting Thatchwick at present? A grey hornbill pair and their rather large chick. The grey hornbill is a resident of the thornveld and is a common in the northern part of southern Africa. A nesting pair of hornbills is uncommon in a suburban garden in Pretoria.

I have encountered hornbills passing by during the last two or three years - stopping usually for a scratch around my compost heap. But this time, they are here to stay and doing very nicely on a diet of Hills omega enriched pellets for elderly dogs! A bag of Hills JD diet for Tristram costs me a sizeable amount each month and now the expensive treat is being shared by my honoured guests.

Early mornings after our walk, I am summoned by the loud: "Phee Pheeoo Phee" and the pellets are placed on the wall at the kitchen door, much to the chagrin of the 0live thrush pre- invasion was sole privy to this treat. On this wet summer's day, a morning snack was required and the birds were remarkably tame, allowing me to approach the wall and take photos of Junior feeding just behind the bay tree.


Gaelyn said...

This is a special treat certainly worth a little extra dog food. I saw some hornbills in Kruger.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Just stopping by to see what you are up to, I have never seen a hornbill. They look as interesting as the amazing part of the world where you live.

Wishing you a lovely day.

Avril said...

You are honoured to have such rare guests!!! Lucky you! Seeing your bay tree .. I must plant one

Vicki Lane said...

What handsome birds! I put out dog food for our Blue Jays ( a crow relative.)

Anxiety Cause said...

I don't know this kind of bird but he certainly looks lovely!