A New Family

Taken at Mahlahla Game Lodge, South Africa

Not the type of thing you’d normally find at your local pub but Mahlahla (pronounced Ma-shla-shla), which is a game lodge when not hosting the local community every other Saturday, is a special place.

This male Paradise Flycatcher was nesting right beside my room with another flying around nearby. The males have “tail streamers”  and in breeding season their eye rings become electric blue. They form monogamous relationships with both sexes constructing the nest and then sharing the incubation time before chicks hatch 11-19days later. The chicks (both their own and possibly others, such as Diderick’s Cuckoo) then leave the nest only 10-16 days later.

–Alex Tweedie


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