The Cape Robin Chat is a welcome visitor in any garden where he spends his day scratching in the undergrowth for insects, caterpillars, worms and even small frogs. The robin's singing ability is remarkable and varied - I often describe his repetitive call with slight variations at the end of each phrase to that of a Latin scholar revising his verb declensions!
The robin's alarm call, a fairly guttural three syllables has led to him being called ugaga in isiZulu and Jan Frederik in Afrikaans.
A male Black Sunbird (Nectarinia amethystina) sits near HIS birdbath and challenges other birds to dare come near HIS water supply. Despite their diminutive size, sunbirds can be unexpectedly aggressive when guarding the resources in their territory.
OJ - publishing the first in a series of blogposts featuring birds seen in our garden.