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PC's 2019: a lazy year

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Peter Connan

For a various reasons, travelling has to take a bit of a back seat this year. As a result, bird numbers will be pretty low this year, but that doesn't mean my camera is going to remain in the cupboard either. So let's see what happens...

 

On the 12th of January, I visited Marievale. 

 

1) Black Crake

 

Swartriethaan Amaurornis flavirostris

 

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Marievale, 12 January

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Kitsafari

I couldn't help but smiled at how the poor crake was running for food and i hope his efforts were rewarded. 

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Peter Connan

Haha @Kitsafari, it was probably running for cover rather than food. These are pretty shy little birds!

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Galana

A good if late start @Peter Connan. Quality if not quantity.

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Peter Connan

Thanks @Galana. At this stage, I'm not even making any promises about keeping the quality consistent... I'm just going to have fun this year!

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PeterHG
1 hour ago, Peter Connan said:

I'm just going to have fun this year!

That's the spirit! Good to see your contributions here again.

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Peter Connan

Thanks @PeterHG.

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Peter Connan

2) Whiskered Tern

 

Witbaardsterretjie Chlidonias hybridus

 

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12 January, Marievale

 

WhiskersODP-3.jpg.4e9457ae372ad8c7b27ac18d180818e4.jpg

Zibulo, 17 February

 

 

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Galana
On 3/3/2019 at 11:21 AM, Peter Connan said:

I'm just going to have fun this year!

Having fun is what this thread is all about. Scores are secondary.

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Zim Girl

I think quality is a 'given' if those pictures of the tern are anything to go by.

Pleased you are doing another year Peter.

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mvecht

@Peter Connan   Zibulo looks very interesting and your pictures are fantastic. Do the hides get crowded?

How long will it take to drive there from ie Westcliff?

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @Galana, @Zim Girl and @mvecht.

 

Michael, I think around 1hr and 45 minutes from Westcliff.

 

Having only been there once, I can't make accurate predictions on how busy it gets, but on the morning we were there (high summer, ordinary Sunday, great weather) there was only one other photographer present. Thus I doubt it gets extremely busy often.

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Peter Connan

3) Little Bittern

 

Kleinruiter Ixobrychus minutus

 

Just one sudden and unexpected flypast, with the light still very low. The shutter speed here was 1/1000th, not enough unfortunately.

 

LittleBitternODP-1.jpg.d1973e5412fced1c0a20a0cb8eda475b.jpg

 

LittleBitternODP-2.jpg.2dcb7aee1e692ef3dace7df29a863e96.jpg

12 January, Marievale

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michael-ibk

Very happy to see you are "in" again Peter, and I´m looking forward very much to your contributions again.

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lmSA84

Yeah - Welcome back, it wouldn’t be the same BY without you! 

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @michael-ibk and @lmSA84

 

4) Malachite Kingfisher

 

Kuifkopvisvanger Alcedo cristata

 

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Marievale, 12 January

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PeterHG

Wonderfful shots of the Malachite Kingfisher!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @PeterHG.

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xelas

Amazing photo, @Peter Connan! Was there any Canon 1DX owner photographing next to you?

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Tdgraves

Wow!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @xelas and @Tdgraves.

 

Alex, I am not sure but there were a couple of big Canons in the hide, but I am not sure exactly which models.

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xelas
5 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

I am not sure exactly which models.

 

1DX is the one that sounds like a Kalashnikov on steroids :D when in full "spray&pray" mode. I assume with that kingfisher being close, and with a fish, some shooters did not hold back.

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Peter Connan

I can't hear the difference between 1DIV and 1Dx, but anyway. This little guy only visited us once, and was off to one side. I don't think anybody else even noticed it...

 

Next one: 

5) Lesser Swamp-warbler

 

Kaapse Rietsanger Acrocephalus gracilirostris

 

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12 January, Marievale

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xelas

What nice brown eyes this bird has! 

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Peter Connan

Thanks @xelas

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