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331/EA2.) Rufous-Bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris) / Rotbauchreiher

 

Akagera NP, 21/11. A juvenile - the only sighting of this species.

 

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332/EA3.) Black Egret/Heron (Egressa ardesiaca) / Glockenreiher

 

Akagera NP, 20/11. A very distant - and unfortunately the only - sighting. Would love to see their exceptionally cool "umbrella hunting" technique one day.

 

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333/EA4.) Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) / Goliathreiher

 

Two sightings of this massive heron:

 

Akagera NP, 20/11

 

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Mara Triangle, 28/11

 

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334/EA5.) Yellow-Billed Stork (Mycteria ibis) / Nimmersatt

 

Several sightings of this beautiful stork. The German name is quite unflattering, it means "The one that just can´t get enough".

 

Lake Bogoria, 2/12

 

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And here with a friend, Lake Baringo, 1/12

 

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Sometimes I detect a bird only when I´m going through the photos. Almost did not notice - we were watching a whole flock(if that is the right term?) of White Storks in the Mara, 27/11 ...

 

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Notice the black bird in the background?

 

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Unfortunately I did not, otherwise I would have focused on it. As it is, here´s a very tight out of focus crop of an

 

335/EA6.) Abdim´t Stork (Ciconia abdimii) / Abdimstorch

 

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Every bird counts, and I am without shame! :)

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336/EA7.) African Open-Billed Stork aka African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus) / Mohrenklaffschnabel

 

Akagera NP, 20/11 - the only sighting of this bird (several individuals).

 

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337/EA8.) Marabou Stork (Leptoptiolos crumenifer) / Marabu

 

Common in the Mara - and sometimes on the road near waste dumps.

 

This one Mara river, 27/11

 

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Some "old faces " from this group, ie. Storks, Herons and allies. We also saw ...

 

Common Ostrich (Mara, Bogoria)

 

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Great White Pelican (close to Kigali, figured we would see them again and get photo ops then but never did), Little Grebe (Lake Bogoria only), Long-Tailed aka Reed Cormorant (Akagera NP and Lake Baringo), African Darter, Great aka White-Breasted Coromorant (both same places)

 

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... Little and Cattle Egrets (everywhere)

 

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... Great Egret (common - with this bird I originally thought to have an Intermediate because of the shortish bill but the long gape says otherwise) ...

 

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Grey Heron (everywhere), Purple Heron (only one at Lake Baringo) ...

 

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... Black-Headed Heron (regularly) ...

 

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... Hamerkop (very common) ...

 

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... Black Stork (one in the Aberdares), Sacred Ibis (pretty regularly) ...

 

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... Hadeda Ibis (everywhere) ...

 

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... African Spoonbill (two sightings, Solio & Aberdares) ...

 

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... and Greater and Lesser Flamingos (Lake Bogoria).

 

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Talk about dedication. 337................... that is amazing and of course most are lovely images. The Abdim's nearly passed you by............ well spotted.

 

Nothing to add before midnight?

 

well done@@michael-ibk

 

and can you beat this in 2017?

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Well, I hope I can still post birds seen in 2016 after midnight? :-)

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before midnight I guess........... and owl or something?

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Michael, I think is OK and countable if photo is taken in 2016. Only 98 to take the lead, you can do it!

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@@michael-ibk, some beautiful portraits there. How hilarious, "the one that can't get enough". Guess we all feel a bit like that over Xmas.

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@@michael-ibk

Any pictures taken in 2016 are fine - when you have so many new ones it is bound to take time to process them. But will you catch @@xelas .......

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Thanks guys, it would have been quite a brutal schedule to get all the Kenyan birds in here before the end of the year.

 

 

 

But will you catch @@xelas .......

 

Let´s see, I love a good challenge! :)

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338/EA9.) White-Faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) / Witwenpfeifgans

 

Lake Bogoria, 2/12. Also saw these at Akagera NP.

 

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339/EA10.) Cape Teal (Anas capensis) / Kapente

 

Lake Bogoria, 2/12. In the company of some Stilts and a Ruff. The only sighting - and when I saw them I mistook them for Red-Billed Teals.

 

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340/EA11.) Red-Billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha) / Rotschnabelente

 

Solio, 4/12. Since I thought I already had Red-Billed Teal (see post above) I almost ignored them, so I´m lucky I have at least one (ebc) shot.

 

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341/EA12.) African Black Duck (Anas sparsa) / Schwarzente

 

Aberdares, 8/12. The only sighting of this shy birds which keeps to small creeks in deep forest.

 

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From this group we also saw

 

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Egyptian Goose (everywhere)

 

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Spur-Winged Goose

 

Yellow-Billed Duck (common esp. in the Aberdares and Solio)

 

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And some Northern Shovelers on Lake Bogoria. In Europe Ducks and Geese are so common - but in Africa you really don´t get to see them that much in comparison (except the Egyptian).

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Catching up rapidly @ michael-ibk ;) ! Quite a list from Kenya already and some great shots!

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342/EA13.) Yellow-Billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) / Schmarotzermilan

 

Volcanoes, around the lodge, 24/11/2016.

 

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Also saw one Black-Shouldered Kite and quite a few Secretarybirds (common in the Mara and Solio).

 

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343/EA14.) Palm-Nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) / Palmgeier

 

Akagera NP, 21/11.

 

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The other fish-eating raptor we saw was - of course - the African Fish Eagle, pretty much everywhere.

 

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344/EA15.) Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) / Kappengeier

 

Mara, 27/11.

 

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