Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 20 - Grey Francolin

I had the good fortune to meet another birder when I was at the conference in Oman - he pointed me in the direction of a good, birdy walk between the ocean and some mangrove swamps.

Although the light was fading the birding was good.  Working on "information supplied" I sneaked up on a large patch of open, dusty, soil and as promised there were three Grey Francolins (Francolinus pondicerianus).  These birds are in the same family as partridge and pheasants.  Grey Francolins are about 30 cm long and while the guide book calls them "rather drab" I think thats a bit harsh!




This bird was rather easily disturbed, and rushed off as soon as it saw me - I was glad that I had my camera on "fast drive" - these were the only three images I managed to get.

So, now its your turn to join in with Wild Bird Wednesday.  Click on the link below and follow the instructions - its as simple as that.

Visits to WBW were down a bit last week, so if you know anybody who would be interested feel free to pass on the link!  The more birds (and visitors!) the better!  SM

40 comments:

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird.

Kerri said...

Gosh - he really blends in well! Super catch!

Dina said...

Interesting bird. He's pretty funny looking. Nice catch. Links might have been down a bit last Tuesday since it was a big holiday week for the USA and many people were out of town or traveling. Just a thought.

i stora drag said...

Hi Stewart!
Never heard of this bird before, but I thought it looked like a pheasant before I read your words about it.
Nice shots of it!
Greetings Pia

Andrea said...

My, you were early this morning, but, this time I was ready for you:) The Fancolin ... another bird to add to my list of firsts. I think it's subtleness is it's beauty. The colors blend perfectly with it's common background and the feathers, after all, are supposed to provide camouflage. Great catch, Stewart. Now please explain to me where Oman is ... sorry for my ignorance. Have a wonderful week ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Findlay Wilde said...

It is quite similar to our female pheasants. From Findlay

Ken Schneider said...

Its color matches that of its surroundings. Nice find!

Karen said...

Oh, he's got great camouflage!

Brian King said...

It looks a lot like partridges here in the US. They're rather shy, as well. Beautiful brown tones!

luís rodrigues coelho Coelho said...

Parece uma perdiz

Crafty Gardener said...

That bird blends in well. Visits were probably down due to American Thanksgiving last week.

Carletta said...

I like their subtle colors. We all don't have to be 'flashy'. :)
Their color really does help them to blend in with their habitat.
Seems you had many good birding encounters while in Oman.

TexWisGirl said...

i like the golden color around his head/face. very pretty.

Pam :) said...

Stewart, you captured some amazing shots the Grey Francolin.
I recommend that everyone click on your photos for a better view.

Thank you for hosting WBW.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Never heard of these birds. Good that you were armed and ready with your gear! He sure does blend into his surroundings well, doesn't he? Still, you managed some super shots!

Gary said...

Nice find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Great photos! I have not seen this bird!

I am re-posting an old post from Australia tonight!
Happy WBW to all!

Andrew said...

You got some great shots Stewart and thanks... it's another bird I wasn't aware of.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wow! What a treat to meet another birder who was able to point you in the right direction!

mick said...

You are very lucky to find another great bird in a place as interesting as that.

eileeninmd said...

Great bird and sighting, Stewart! I've never seen a partridge here, only a male pheasant. Glad you were able to take some shots, it is a life bird right? Thanks for hosting WBW! Have a great week!

Dave said...

I think they are a smart bird.... lovely find.

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!Very strange bird!Great shotsWishing you a lovely day!
Dimi..!

bailey-road.com said...

Nice capture. He blends right into his surroundings.

Arija said...

Such perfect camouflage plumage. He merges right into the landscape. So good that you had the tip-off and managed to get these shots.

Island Rambles Blog said...

that must have been fun, finding such an unusual bird. I bet you have a lot of birds on your list. Like the Movie The Big Year, you are travelling around getting a lot of birds.

Larry said...

Looks like you had some good luck there Stewart. That bird has great camouflage but I certainly wouldn't call it drab.

Magia da Inês said...

°•.¸♪♫
Olá!

Passei para admirar suas fotografias.
Essa ave está tão bem adaptada que se confunde com o ambiente.
Boa continuação da semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.

♪♫¸.•° ♡ °•.¸♪♫

Red Nomad OZ said...

'Rather DRAB'??? Now there's a description that shows NO imagination whatsoever!!!

Neil said...

Beautiful looking bird blends in well.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you took of one as you describe "cloud" bird.
Thanks for your comment on my blog.
Wish you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

Phil said...

If its "drab" that's because the bird evolved to merge in with the surroundings, as you so show with your shots Stewart. Don't know why your hits should be down for such a valuable resource - keep up the good work.

Liz said...

What a great bird to come across!! I'm enjoying these foreign birds that I will never get to see.
Happy WBW!

Mama Zen said...

I don't think he's drab at all!

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, that bird is really well camouflaged!

Wally Jones said...

ANY image of a new bird is a great image! Great captures and what a wonderful opportunity to bird in a foreign land!

NatureFootstep said...

I love this kind of birds. They are so nicely shaped. Elegant!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It may have been a quick encounter, but all 3 turned out nicely Stewart~

pattisjarrett said...

I wouldn't consider that drab, either. Glad you were able to get these photos.

JDS said...

That is one handsome bird, not drab at all!

On a separate note, staking out on a "one world" kind of theme, I find it interesting that you encountered mangroves on the arid Arabian Peninsula while I encounter them in the rainy southeast of the United States.