You are right about the black feathers on these birds making it hard to get clear photos of them. They also seem to keep moving in a jerky way too.
But these two allowed me to get close enough before they walked out of the way - I did manage to get a few shots and will post some more photos later on.
I try to focus on the head and hope that the rest comes out ok!! It was a bit hard with the 2 of them together.
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