The good news was that I got a lot more photos. The bad news is that no other species made an appearance.
A juvenile Black Sparrowhawk (Swartsperwer - Accipiter melanoleucus) getting his feet wet
Thanks to the wider detection zone of the Bushnell, it was able to capture visits to the puddle even when the bird remained off-center.
|There are two colour forms for the adult birds - this is the light form|
|This is the dark form (no white on the breast)|
Black Sparrowhawks mainly prey on other birds and won't find any food to their liking in the puddle.
|Taking a dip|
After seeing these images of the birds close to or in the water I wanted to find out exactly what they were doing here. So, I decided to switch the camera to video mode.
As it turns out they use the puddle to bath and drink from.
The only other visitors were a couple of Helmeted Guineafowl that came by for a drink.