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Namaqua dove

 

KTP, 2/2/15

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Canon 7D,100-400, ISO 125, f7.1, 1/1250

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@@Tdgraves @@Zim Girl Thank you for the advice that you gave to @@Thursday's Child about food for Long-tailed Tits A few days ago I bought a suet block and holder And today we saw (taken through

Last of the duplicates (I hope)   6/9/15               Brown snake eagle, 7/9/15     Verreaux's giant eagle owl 10/9/15     Red-crested korhaan 9/9/15     Arrow

And the last of the new species at Welgevonden (well, that I can find at present...), another lifer, again for the guide as well, only having seen them once before...   Welgevonden 12/9/15    

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White-backed vultures

 

KTP, 3/2/15

 

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Canon 7D,100-400, ISO 250, f6.3, 1/640

 

4/2/15

 

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Canon 5D mark III,100-400, ISO 320, f8.0, 1/1250

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Southern yellow-billed hornbill

 

KTP, 3/2/15

 

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Canon 7D,100-400, ISO 320, f7.1, 1/1000

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Swallow-tailed bee-eaters....another Kalahari special

 

KTP, 4/2/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/2000

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1600

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1600

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The most recently uploaded segment, with the swallow-tailed Bee-eaters in flight, is nothing less than mesmerizing.

What kicks the images through the goalposts for me is the relatively bland, neutral tones of the vegetation and overall bokeh in sharp contrast with the exceptionally vivid bee-eater plumage.

Lovely images. Many thanks for sharing them.

Tom K.

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I loved all your photos. You took photos of a wide variety of birds.

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I loved all your photos. You took photos of a wide variety of birds.

Thanks@@optig I think there may bea few more lurking from the KTP trip, but hopefully we'll see a lot more in three weeks' time.....

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Cape crow

 

KTP, 26/1/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO400, f7.1, 1/400

 

2/2/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 160, f 6.3, 1/800

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Common fiscal

 

KTP, 26/1/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 400, f 7.1, 1/2000

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Lesser grey shrike

 

KTP, 5/2/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 250, f 7.1, 1/1600

 

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Martial eagle (attempting to hide....)

 

KTP, 5/2/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 200, f 7.1, 1/500

 

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Cape glossy starling

 

KTP, 30/1/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 200, f 7.1, 1/320

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Green wood-hoopoe (can you spot it??)

KTP, 1/2/15

 

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Canon 7D

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And on the same vein - African scops owl (much harder to spot, not the best shot in the world)

Outside our room, Mata Mata, KTP, 2/2/15

 

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Canon 5D

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Lilac breasted roller

 

KTP, 4/2/15

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 250, f 7.1, 1/1600

 

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Canon 7D 100-400, ISO 250, f 7.1, 1/2000

 

4/2

 

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Canon 5D mark III 100-400, ISO 400, f 6.3, 1/2000

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oops, just realised I have posted the fiscal twice, sorry :(

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Black-headed heron

 

KTP, 2/2/15

 

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Canon 7D

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Yellow canary

 

KTP, 31/1/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, ISO 320, f7.1, 1/800

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Hadeda ibis, in it's natural habitat, the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg!!

 

Joburg 7/2/15

 

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Canon 7D

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Your Hadada Ibis portrait is the one I've been pursuing for several years.

Mine lack contrast. Yours is Rembrandt's version.

Really like the Yellow Canaries in KTP. Striking color.

Tom K.

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~ @@Tdgraves

 

 

Your Hadada Ibis portrait is the one I've been pursuing for several years.

Mine lack contrast. Yours is Rembrandt's version.

Really like the Yellow Canaries in KTP. Striking color.

Tom K.

Especially with the pool wall in the picture! ;)

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I can't find any more from the KTP that I photographed, so here are some from my garden

 

First, I was staking out the bird feeder trying to catch the woodpecker, when a noise to my left made me turn and I was able to get 1 (and a half) shots of a wren. I often hear them and barely see them, especially not with a camera in my hand, so this is likely to be as good as it gets for the rest of the year. If you have never seen one, they are TINY!

 

30/7/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 1250 (despite it being midsummer!) f6.3, 1/160

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Next are some even worse photos, but they were taken through the kitchen window at 7am, mainly so that I could look in a book to see what on earth the bird was. I have never seen one before, let alone in my garden - a juvenile grey partridge!

 

10/8/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 2000, 6.3, 1/125

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Now this one is a sad story. I saw a sparrowhawk flying off with something in its' talons (presumably a sibling or parent) and not long later I heard a bird calling. It had hopped the length of my neighbours' garden and into mine. It clearly had no idea of danger as it came straight up to me and kept cheeping. It then hopped the length of my garden in open space into the other neighbours'. I do not think it would have lasted the day :(

 

Juvenile song thrush, 19/7/15

 

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Canon 5D mark iii, 100-400, ISO 400, f8.0, 1/400

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Tdgraves

 

That's a very nice garden, what glimpses there are of ferns and such.

Where I live gardens are scarce, due to high population density.

I grew up surrounded by lush gardens as my late mother was blessed with two green thumbs.

A wren! A favorite bird, yet so rarely photographed. The tiny wrens I saw in western North America as a kid were invariably flitting around in very low light forest environments.

English wrens are affectionately mentioned in literature, yet there are so few images of them.

Thank you for posting this one.

An early morning grey partridge — they're fine images with considerable detail.

Without your posting them, I'd have had no idea what their characteristic look might be.

I wish that around where I live there was more than magpies and sparrows.

Perhaps that's why I enjoy photographing birds on safari.

Your ‘Big Year’ is an ongoing pleasure to see.

Tom K.

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