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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @PeterHG and @michael-ibk.

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xelas

Kempton Park ... so basically those are birds from your home turf. Lovely selection, Peter.

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Peter Connan

Thanks @xelas. Not quite balcony birding, mostof these were taken at a little pond on my way to work.

 

Only works for a couple of months in summer, for most of the year I start work before sunrise...

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Dave Williams

Palm Swift is harder than our Common Swift to photograph, nice one indeed! Love the Turtle Dove ( I would wouldn't I!) in flight shot too.

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @Dave Williams

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Peter Connan

55) Common Sandpiper

 

Gewone Ruiter Actitis hypoleucos

 

CommonSandpiperODP-2.jpg.59aa6f9f4b6e8901632e33708342d0d5.jpg

17 February, Zibulo

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Peter Connan

56) Yellow-billed Stork

 

Nimmersat Mycteria ibis

 

Sorry, kinda tricky to pick one...

 

StorkODP-4.jpg.5d66706d662598555875ff4db9fa9ae9.jpg

 

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17 February, Zibulo

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Peter Connan

57) Little Egret

 

Kleinwitreier Egretta garzetta

 

BombsAwayODP.jpg.426211bebe663067e75ff845cad2fe29.jpg

17 February, Zibulo

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58) African Spoonbill

 

Lepelaar Platalea alba

 

Spoonbill1ODP.jpg.1c9e34e59ef1d863ea99acf03c48b0e0.jpg

17 February, Zibulo

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Peter Connan

59) Greater Striped Swallow

 

Grootstreepswael Hirundo cucullata

 

StripeySwallowODP.jpg.10262b160aef4d7dfc145e79dd78deee.jpg

 

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17 February, Zibulo

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Peter Connan

60) Diederick's Cuckoo

 

Diederikkie Chrysococcyx caprius

 

DidiODP-2.jpg.87ce0588bda0ad8d04481788d5dcbed9.jpg

17 February, Zibulo

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Tdgraves

Excellent additions from Zibulo @Peter Connan

More reason to try and tempt the OH en route to KNP in September :ph34r:

That cuckoo is your nemesis no more!

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Galana

Good to see you got your nemesis at last. Great shot too.

What next on your list?

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TonyQ

Diedericks Cuckoo- wow. Superb 

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michael-ibk

That is really a sensational photo Peter! From a hide, or how did you accomplish that? 

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @Tdgraves, @Galana, @TonyQ and @michael-ibk

Michael, this was perched in the grass behind the hide. I followed the passage that leads to the hide in the hope of getting closer, and then got lucky: a Weaver came and chased it past me. This is still quite a serious crop though.

 

Fred, I am not sure what my next (or is that current) nemesis is. Pe4haps the Scops owl (so often heard but never seen), or the Skimmer (gone searching a couple of times, but never seen)?

 

But it's going to be fun finding out!

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Soukous

lovely Diederick's Peter. So hard to find them out of cover. 

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xelas

Lovely photos, Peter, and the Cuckoo is just an amazing catch. Your birds looked familiar to me ... then I saw the date stamp :). Have you gone to Zibulo after that visit?

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Galana

@Peter Connan

Hmmm Skimmers I cannot really help you with as they are a bit ephemeral and so far don't figure in any of my Big Years.

Scops, either variety, are best found at known locations some of which are quite surprising. It depends on your travel plans. Good luck.

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Soukous

Skimmers ... I've seen them on the Chobe river in September, when the water is low. They like to lay their eggs on sandy beaches and river shores.

I've also seen them in India, but I guess that's too far to drive. :rolleyes:

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @Soukous, @xelas and @Galana.

 

Thanks for the laugh Martin. India is a bit far, I doubt I have enough leave saved up.

 

Alex, despite my best intentions, I haven't. But looks like I might be going birding with @BobsCreek on Saturday, and we haven't decided on a destination yet...

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PeterHG

Another set of really high quality additions, @Peter Connan ! All great shots, but that Cuckoo is just stunning !!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @PeterHG

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61) Southern Masked Weaver

 

Swartkeelgeelvink

Ploceus velatus

 

Alex asked disgustedly "why do you want to go to a place that specializes in eye-level hides if you're just going to shoot them in flight?". Well, here is the answer: you get much nicer backgrounds... 

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17 February, Zibulo

 

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62) African Darter

 

Slanghalsvoel Anhinga rufa

 

DarterODP.jpg.9a95b389665abe29061d1cccf450d5cd.jpg

17 February, Zibulo

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