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438/EA109.) Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica) / Nubierspecht

 

Lake Baringo, 1/12

 

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58.) Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) / Buntspecht - my favourite catch of the day.      

Ok I´m in as well for this year. I suspect this thread will be pretty dormant until I finally get back to Africa in a few months but let´s see what I can find until then here in Europe.   1) Blue Ti

A few more from the Easter Weekend. Following TonyQ´s and Peter Connan´s example I will add the latin names from now on - and also the German ones (more for myself :-)).   30) Eurasian Coot (Fulica

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439/EA110.) Green-Backed Woodpecker (Campethera cailliautii) / Tüpfelspecht

 

Mara Triangle, 28/11. Very similar to Nubian but smaller and throat is spotted.

 

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Cardinal Woodpecker (already in the count with an ebc-shot), seen several times, here from Lake Baringo:

 

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440/EA111.) Bearded Woodpecker (Dendropicos namaquus) / Namaspecht

 

Lake Baringo, 1/12

 

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441/EA112.) Grey Woodpecker (Dendropicos goertae) / Graubruststpecht

 

Solio, 4/12

 

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Now some birds which are always giving me too much headache: Larks, Swallows and similar, Pipits - I hate them and can´t tell them apart. I´m sure I saw lots of species but most photos are not good enough to help with the subtle differences and even the helpful people over at birdnet gave up on some. Swallows, Martins, Sawwings were seen all the time, but mostly just airborne, and I did not even try for them unless they were sitting somewhere. So just the ones I´m reasonably sure about.

 

442/EA113.) Rufous-Naped Lark (Mirafra africana) / Rotnackenlerche

 

The most common lark by far. Mara, 26/11

 

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443/EA114.) Foxy aka Abyssinian Lark (Calendulauda alopex) / Fuchslerche

 

Formerly considered a subspecies of Fawn-Coloured Lark. Solio, 9/12

 

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444/EA115.) Red-Capped Lark (Calandrealla cinerea) / Rotscheitellerche

 

Mara, 25/11. One of the few Larks to have the decency of sporting at least some distinctive traits. :)

 

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Flappet Lark, White-Tailed Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Pink-Breasted Lark also occur in the areas we´ve been to and maybe or maybe not I took photos of them, but I gave up finding out. :)

 

I do know that we saw some Sparrow-Larks but neglected to take pictures.

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Martins & Swallows: I do know that I have pictures of Rock and Sand Martin but both are already in the count and the photos are not too good so no need to post them. Maybe also Plain and Common Martin. Our familiar Barn Swallow is certainly the most numerous of that family we saw, possibly also Angolan but they are very hard to tell apart and I am simply not sure enough.I know we saw Saw-Wings in Kakamega (because the guide told us) but I did not try for them. So, the only new ones from this family are:

 

445/EA116.) Red-Rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) / Rötelschwalbe

 

Sandai, 4/12

 

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446/EA117.) Wire-Tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii) / Rotkappenschwalbe

 

Mara, 26/11

 

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447/EA118.) African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp) / Witwenstelze

 

A very common bird. Here from Volcanoes NP, 23/11

 

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448/EA119.) Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) / Langschwanzstelze

 

Aberdares, 5/12

 

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Also saw Grey Wagtail a couple of times and Yellow Wagtail a lot in Solio - both familiar birds are palearctic visitors.

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449/EA120.) Yellow-Throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus) / Gelbkehlpieper

 

Very common in Akagera and the Mara. Here from the Triangle, 28/11

 

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450/EA121.) Grassland Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus) / Zimtspornpieper

 

Mara, 26/11

 

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451/EA122.) Plain-Backed Pipit (Anthus leucophrys goodsoni), Buffy Pipit (Anthus vaalensis goodsoni) / Braunrückenpieper.

 

Two names? I was told this bird, subspecies Goodsoni, is sometimes considered a Plain-Backed, others treat it as Buffy.

 

Solio, 4/12

 

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452/EA123.) Red-Throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) / Rotkehlpieper

 

Aberdares Country Club, 7/12. No red when they are not breeding.

 

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Wow! 450 already!

 

I stand in awe.

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453/EA124.) Black Cuckoo-Shrike (Campephaga flava) / Kuckuckswürger

 

Akagera, 21/11

 

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Only some birds have the yellow shoulder patch, here is one without from the Mara Triangle

 

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And the completely different-looking female, Aberdares, 7/12

 

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454/EA125.) Purple-Throated Cuckoo-Shrike (Campephaga quiscalina) / Purpurkuckuckswürger

 

Aberdares, 5/12. A female, never saw the male.

 

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455/EA126.) Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) / Graubülbül

 

Common everywhere. Volcanoes, 23/11

 

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456/EA127.) Joyful Greenbul (Cholorocichla laetissima) / Dotterbülbül

 

Kakamega, 1/12

 

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457/EA129.) Red-Tailed Bristlebill (Bleda syndactyla) / Rotschwanzbleda

 

Kakamega, 1/12

 

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458/EA129.) Brown-Chested Alethe (Alethe poliocephala) / Braunbrustalethe

 

Kakamega, 30/11

 

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459/EA130.) White-Browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini) / Weißbrauenrötel

 

Mara Aruba Camp, 27/11

 

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The most common Robin-Chat was the Cape Robin-Chat (already in the count from SA), here in Volcanoes:

 

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No orange belly.

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460/EA131.) Snowy-Headed aka Snowy-Crowned Robin-Chat (Cossypha niveicapilla) / Weißscheitelrötel

 

Kakamega, 29/11

 

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