“Coming back home after lunch today at about 3.30pm on a sunny afternoon, I had a surprise waiting for me – a tightly-knit family of 7 Crimson-rumped Waxbills (Estrilda rhodopyga) were hopping around in my garden!
“Here’s my album of pics of them in 3 different locations, all shot within 5m – they are not shy birds at all LINK.
“I took two videos – easier to count them when they are moving, rather than to spot them amongst the leaves in stills. Above shows a family of seven – Mum & Dad are the ones with tails. Below shows Mum/Dad herding everyone back to base camp.
“So it looks like these exotics are really making themselves at home over here! Not sure whether it’s something to celebrate though.
2nd October 2011