Monday, September 7, 2009

Birdphotography Weekly ~ 25 Gunea Fowl

Guinea Fowl foraging among the Blood Oranges
of our friends' citrus orchard featured in the MY
WORLD post below.

Calm and peaceful though a little wary of the camera
wielding stranger sneaking up on them.

Suddenly a temper tantrum flares up and a high
speed chase ensues. They really can get some speed
up when the spirit moves them!

Ever wondered where the expression about having
your feathers ruffled comes from? Well. here is the
answer personified.

The sudden storm having passed, calm is once more
restored, maybe the golden hand of Buddha on the
ground had something to do with that.

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  1. They are unusually pretty birds. I assume that they can't fly? Like kiwis in NZ. Thanks for the series of photos.

  2. These birds fly very well, they forage in flocks and are very wary. My friend first saw them in S.Africa and was enchanted. They are a great adjunct to any garden cleaning up pests and fallen fruit.

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  3. Oh yes, they fly very fast and are hard to catch! I have a couple here and I adore their polka dot skirts...very nervous birds but fascinating to watch.

  4. I just love Guinea Fowl and have two small sculptures of them that are a reminder of my childhood in South Africa.

    I was sure they were a Southern African bird and surprised to see them in Australia, but obviously they have been introduced - I googled!

  5. I see these birds caged up and displayed at fairs but seldom doing their thing. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. hahaha what a funny ending. Thank you for making me laugh. I do enjoy the calm after the storm. Seriously, I am scared getting near them. And boy, when the chase, you better fly like a plane. This makes me remind of home. Not our birds, but a neighbour.

  7. Very pretty birds. They have a nice field to gaze around.

  8. Lovely wild birds. And the title picture is positively perfumed!

  9. Guineas are such unusual birds. Many people with farms keep them here. They are like watchdogs. If anyone comes on the farm they will let you know.

    An Arkies Musings

  10. I love them! And what great shots, Arija! Glad to know there was a happy ending!

    Have a great day!


  11. I love the dotted patterns and colors on these gunea fowl. They do look somewhat like a domesticated bird I've seen here.

  12. Very nice series of photos, Arija! Interesting behavior that you have captured there.

  13. Lately we have been visited daily by our neighbor's Guineas. They talk amongst themselves incessantly. Sometimes I think they sound like chickens, other times like ducks, other times like tree frogs. lol

  14. I've always thought these were such unique birds, with very attractive feathers! Nice photos and notes!

  15. It looks like those birds have a definite pecking order and one didn't observe it! Lovely garden and orchard photos (from your previous post.)

  16. Love the pictures Arija.

    but what I really love is your comment today. Boy that is so true. Concern. I need to remember that.

    Love Renee xoxo

  17. Your commentary about the birds brings a smile to my face, Arija. Great photos - I especially liked the blood oranges in contrast with the birds.

  18. Are guienea fowl wild where you live or are these domestic fowl?

  19. Those birds are really pretty with beautiful feathers.

    Orange tree isn’t a tree I can see every day in private but only when I go on summer holiday at the seaside. I can see only apples lying on the ground but oranges…I can only dream about it. Beautiful series of photos!

  20. Great photos of those guineas. Would have loved to have seen them running at such speed.

  21. Great post on the Guinea Fowl Arija. We kept Guineas on our place for a long time. They eat many bugs in and around the garden and you bet they can fly like a flock of Quail!

    They also love to wake you up in the morning by calling their very loud "buckwheat, buckwheat, buckwheat" right under your bedroom window.

    I'm still not sure how they discover which room in the house is the bedroom?


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