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Tdgraves

I'm sure that there are worse pictures of a Pygmy, somewhere.....

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Peter Connan

Hehe, it's going to take a LOT of searching to find it!

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Atravelynn

In the air, on the perch. Great catches. The Red-knobbed Coot picture is very touching.

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Peter Connan

Thanks @@Atravelynn

 

Southern Boubou:

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Martial eagle:

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Steppe Buzzard:

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Caspian Tern:

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Sandwich Tern:

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Swift Tern:

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Common Sandpiper:

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Crowned Hornbill:

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Edited by Peter Connan

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Peter Connan

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow:

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Yellow-bellied Greenbul:

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Redbacked Shrike (Male):

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Green-backed Twinspot:

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Tambourine Dove:

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Violet-backed Starling (female):

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Black-throated Wattle-eye:

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Common Whimbrel:

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Peter Connan

Common Ringed Plover:

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Pied Wagtail:

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Cape Wagtail:

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Lapped-faced Vulture:

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Purple-banded Sunbird:

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White-faced Whistling Duck:

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White-eared Barbett:

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Edited by Peter Connan

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Peter Connan

White-fronted Plover:

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Wood Sandpiper:

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Woolly-necked Stork:

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Yellow-billed Kite:

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Yellow Weaver:

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Yellow-breasted Apalis:

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Soukous

a wonderful variety of species Peter, thanks for sharing

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Peter Connan

Cape Vulture:

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European Roller:

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Blue Waxbill:

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Grey Waxbill:

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Red-billed Firefinch:

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Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah:

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Crested Francolin 9otherwise know as Ouma se Heilige Hoender (Grandma's Holy Ckickens):

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Red-breasted Swallow:

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White-crested Helmet-shrike:

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Tdgraves

@@Peter Connan you caught a Southern boubou! I saw one for the first time in Mashatu but was too slow with the camera

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Atravelynn

Tell the Black-throated Wattle-eye not to overdo it on the red eye shadow. Have you kept a tab of the hours you have spent documenting your big year? You'll at least have to give us a grand finale bird count.

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Peter Connan

@@Atravelynn, did you notice those are two different birds, I guess male and female, but I don't know which is which. My bird book only shows the back.

 

There are still a number of birds from earlier in the year that I have not managed to ID yet, so the thread is not finished yet. But how much time? I have no idea...

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Atravelynn

Right, they are different. I was too focused on the eyelids!

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Peter Connan

I am taking a chance here, but the rules do not say when we have to stop posting. All the photos hereafter were however still taken in 2014...

 

@@Game Warden, say if you want me to stop, as I still have a few lurking about in the archives from last year?

 

These are allfrom Phongolo on the 22 & 23rd December:

 

Little Stint:

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Water Thick-knee:

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Yellow-billed Stork:

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Black-winged Stilt:

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Edited by Peter Connan

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Tdgraves

Hmmm, not sure about that @@Peter Connan :ph34r:

hehe

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Peter Connan

Matt (@@Game Warden) asked me to do a trip report from Marievale. This, and a little bit of a break in the rain was all I needed to get me there once more, on the 30th December.

 

I was fortunate enough to get some new sightings:

 

Great Crested Grebe:

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Southern Pochard:

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Yellow-crested Bishop:

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Curlew Sandpiper:

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Peter Connan

These are all "doubles", and I am just bragging now, but I do think this may represent some of my best efforts to date.

 

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Tdgraves

And to think that I was at work on 30th :( Don't worry about bragging - I love the cormorant shaking off the water

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TonyQ

@@Peter Connan

Worth bragging about!- excellent (keep posting :) )

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Tom Kellie

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~ @@Peter Connan:

 

You mentioned that it's sometimes called a ‘King of six’.

What's the derivation of the nickname, if I might ask?

Such a FINE image!

Tom K.

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Peter Connan

@@Tom Kellie the name comes from the fact that it is a polygamist.

 

Thanks for the compliment.

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Tom Kellie

@@Tom Kellie the name comes from the fact that it is a polygamist.

 

Thanks for the compliment.

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

When I read your explanation, above, I burst out laughing.

That's the last thing that I would have expected.

Upon reflection, it's not so outlandish, but wasn't even remotely what I might have supposed.

It's really a great image of a bird I saw many times two weeks ago but never made any images of the quality of yours.

The Pin-tailed Whydah gets around...and then some!

My, my my!

Tom K.

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