Fischer's Lovebirds at Ndutu / by Walter Kitundu

Fischer's Lovebirds are surprisingly hard to see sometimes. It's amazing, considering their technicolor plumage, that they can disappear into the treetops. On the other hand it is remarkably easy to know they are around because they never seem to stop chattering. These birds were digiscoped near Lake Ndutu, southeast of the Serengeti.

They chatter because they are highly social creatures. When they do emerge seeing them isn't a problem but tearing yourself away is. They are pretty captivating.

This group was foraging together near what appeared to be nest cavities.

This sleepy fellow makes an appearance in the video below. He was falling asleep in the sun in between sessions of frenetic preening. One of the nice things about the video is the soundscape at Ndutu - there are birds everywhere.

[vimeo w=590&h=332] Video digiscoped with a Canon Powershot Elph 100 and a Swarovski ATM 65.

Lovebird in an action stance.