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I'm starting far too late for this to resemble a big year but I did manage to at least photograph some species on my recent trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia.

 

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Soukous

and just to make my tally look a bit more respectable I'll include some of the birds I saw in Australia earlier in the year. It was a surprisingly disappointing trip in terms of birds seen,, but here they are

 

crested tern

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Emus

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King Parrot (females & juveniles

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Pacific Gull

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Red wattlebird

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Silver gull

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crested terns and silver gulls

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Soukous

 

I really like your gull(s) on beach(es) shots.

The contrast brings out the gulls' beauty.

Thanks for posting these!

Tom K.

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Apparently, if you see a bird on top of a dead palm, it is highly likely to be a Dickinson's Kestrel. It's a favourite nesting site.

I added in a thumbnail of the full frame so you can see how much I had to zoom in order to actually see the bird properly. hence the poor quality.

 

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Tom Kellie

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You post superb shot after superb shot.

How to single out any one without slighting the others.

I'm writing more in my trip report tonight, but enjoying your images.

Really appreciate your sharing them.

Tom K.

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Yellow Billed Hornbill

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White Breasted Cormorant

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Earthian

wow, what a fantastic picture, @@Soukous of the cormorant. The others were great too.

Mind sharing the settings?

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@@Earthian I'm glad you liked them.


I shot these from a small boat on the Kafue River while staying at Kaingu Lodge.


The shots were hand held using a 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4x tc attached - hence the 420mm focal length.

Here's the info straight from the camera.


Camera Info

Device: Nikon D7100

Lens: 300mm f/4D

Focal Length: 420mm

Focus Mode: AF-S

AF-Area Mode: Single

VR:

AF Fine Tune: OFF



Exposure

Aperture: f/8

Shutter Speed: 1/1000s

Exposure Mode: Manual

Exposure Comp.: 0EV

Metering: Matrix

ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 400)


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KaingU Lodge

I thought I recognised that rock! :)

 

Great pictures Martin, looking forward to your trip report.

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Pearl spotted owlet - Glaucidium perlatum

 

The wee thing was only a small blob in the middle of the screen so I've had to crop loads off - this is probably about 20% of the original frame so excuse the quality.

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Great shots as usual, Martin. I especially like the office of secretaries :)

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that pic of the 2 secretaries was great. both walking in a single file with heads down just at the same angle.

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Hooded Vulture

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Meyer's Parrot - Mandavu Dam, Hwange

 

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One of Africa's most recognizable birds, the Lilac Breasted Roller

 

Not the best photo I've taken of one - horrible background - but it is from my 'big few days'

 

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I think I've pretty much covered the birds I was able to photograph in Hwange and so now I've moved across the border into Zambia's Kafue NP.

 

I was very impressed with Kafue as a birding destination. (Just to warn you, some of these photos will make another appearance in my Kafue TR)

 

African Darter - Anhinga rufa

 

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Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca

 

female

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male

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African Jacana - Actophilornis africana - I've yet to get a shot of the Jacana that I'm happy with. I want to see the purple patch on the forehead and the huge feet.

 

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Openbill (Open Billed Stork) - Anastomus lamelligerus

 

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Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

 

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Red Necked Spurfowl - Pternistis afer

 

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Water Thick Knee - Burhinus vermiculatus

 

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Africa Wattled Lapwing - Vanellus senegallus

 

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White Fronted Bee Eater - Merops bullockoides

 

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@@Soukous refer post # 17

on the contrary, a blown out background as a backdrop of such a sharp and colourful subject is fitting.

But i suspect you knew that already! :rolleyes:

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Mute Swans - Deben river, Woodbridge

 

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Every time I use my little Olympus Stylus I am more impressed

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Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus

 

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African Green Pigeon - Treron calvus

 

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Meyer's Parrot - Poicephalus meyeri

 

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Grey Headed Parrot - Poicephalus fusicollis

 

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Little Bee Eater - Merops Pusillis

 

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Tom Kellie

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This most recently posted sert is superb.

The African Green Pigeons are so well captured.

The Bateleur is excellent, too.

Thank you.

Tom K.

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A Curlew (Numenius arquata) by the River Deben at Woodbridge

 

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More birds from Kafue

 

African Crowned Eagle - Stephanoaetus coronatus

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Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus

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Brown Hooded Kingfisher - Halcyon albiventris

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African Finfoot - Podica senegalensis

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African Fish Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer

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Lappet Faced Vulture - Aegypius tracheliotos

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Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtes monachus

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Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumeniferus

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Racket Tailed Roller - Coracias spatulatus

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Wattled Crane - Bugeranus carunculatus

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Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

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A few more birds from Zambia

 

Dark Capped Bulbul - Pyconotus tricolor

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Black Crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegalus

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Blue Waxbill (f) - Uraeginthus angolensis

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Blue Waxbill (m) - Uraeginthus angolensis

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Giant Kingfisher - Megaceryle maxima

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Kurrichane Thrush - Turdus libonyana

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Barn Owl - Tyto alba

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Red Headed Weaver - Anaplectes melanotis

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Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa Stagnatilis

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Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides

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Variable Sunbird (m) - Cinnyris venustus

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Variable Sunbird (f) - Cinnyris venustus

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Fork Tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

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