Only One

On a trip to South Africa, we took our children to the Pretoria Zoo. While crossing a bridge over an expanse of water, I admired the scene in front of me:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
View from a bridge. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I noticed a lone bird taking a rest on one of the rocks. I wondered where its companions were – I am sure it did not remain alone for long.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A Lone Bird. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We did not wait to see if the bird remained alone as we moved on to visit the lions – it was near feeding time and we could hear them roar in hunger!

Do you often notice lone birds?

(This post was inspired by the folks at WordPress who organise a Weekly Photo Challenge)

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28 thoughts on “Only One

  1. Great shot of a bird drying its feathers. Here, it would probably be a cormorant, though i don’t know if they or a relative are native to SA. Funny you should mention lone birds. Just yesterday, I walked onto the back porch to check the weather. There was a commotion in one of my large vines and out raced a sparrow with a hawk in hot pursuit. It’s the first time I’ve seen a hawk here in a couple of years. Let the pigeons beware!

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  2. That is a beautiful scene for sure Colline. It looks a lot like a Cormorant but I am not sure. It could be a Darter (Anhinga) but their necks are a bit longer and more curved. We have both of them here too. Great shots hon. 😀 *hugs*

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    1. They have created some beautiful spots at the Pretoria zoo. It helps that the landscape is naturally hilly, I think.
      I wish you a wonderful Christmas too with your beautiful family and look forward to seeing some stunning pictures 🙂

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  3. lovely view Colline, and yes, I often see a lone cormorant drying its wings … they love to hang out together but I guess if hunting takes them away then they must wait for their wings to dry before they can fly back to the others…. happy holidays!

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