Sunday, November 16, 2008

Picture of the Day: long tailed widow bird

Just a quick post while I'm on leave - I'll be revealing the mystery orifice soon, so keep guessing - one of you is very close. We took a family outing to the rhino and lion park in ‘The cradle of humankind’ a world heritage area that includes the famous Sterkfontein and Swartkrans caves where several australopithecines have been found. While there I managed to get this shot of a breeding male long-tailed widow bird (Euplectes progne), the epitome of an elaborate sexual display that is a major handicap to its owner. Non-breeding males are drab, brownish, sparrow-like birds with tails of normal length.

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