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155.) Western Bonelli´s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli) / Berglaubsänger

 

Very similar to the Wood Warbler, but there´s no yellow in the face. Taken yesterday morning, Gaisau/Tirol

 

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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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Great shots Michael, but I think your scenery shots are the real stars. Really stunning! Hmmm...maybe I need to up Austria and the Alps up on my list of future destinations.

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@@michael-ibk, what a beautiful place you live, the hiking would be fantastic. To add to that, you have the rest of Europe at your back door, a quick trip to Spain no less. Jealous...... That little Eurasian Wren is very cute indeed.

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Three new ones today, from a hike in Tirol´s Karwendel Mountains. To set the scene:

 

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156.) Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) / Ringdrossel

 

Very heavy crop - all my new conquests did prefer to keep a good distance.

 

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157.) Alpine or Yellow-Billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) / Alpendohle

 

Quite a common bird actually, in Winter they even come down to the city.

 

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158.) Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) / Fichtenkreuzschnabel

 

My favourite from today, and the first time I have ever seen this very cool bird. Had been looking for it for quite some time now, and pretty much stopped believing we really have them in Tirol. :)

 

A Male, the females are more greenish.

 

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They use their unusual crossed bill to extract seeds from cones.

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Beautiful again, @@michael-ibk, especially the Crossbill. And what a setting!

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Love the inclusion of the scenery/habitat shots!

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@@michael-ibk

 

Another lovely hike in the mountains! BTW, why they named that red bird a "crossbill"?

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@@xelas

 

Have a closer look at the second picture, the crossed bill is in evidence there. :)

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Time to get out of Europe - the next birds will all be from my May trip to South Africa.

 

Trip Report is here: http://safaritalk.net/topic/16424-blue-cape-white-waters-red-dunes/

 

From now on I will use two counts, one for the overall one, and the count for South Africa bracketed (S1, S2). When I "return" to Europe I will use E159, E160 ... .

 

159(S1): African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) / Brillenpinguin

 

Boulders Beach, Simon´s Town, 15/5/2016

 

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160/S2.) Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) / Rosapelikan

 

De Hoop, 17/06/2016

 

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-/S3 and 161/S4.) Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) / Rosaflamingo and Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae minor) / Zwergflamingo

 

I already have Greater Flamingo (seen at the Ebro Delta in Spain), so it´s not included in the overall count.

 

Somewhere on the way from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas, 16/05/2016

 

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The smaller ones are the Lesser Flamingos.

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162/S5.) White-Breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus) / Weißbrustkormoran

 

De Hoop, 16/05/2016

 

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163/S6.) Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis) / Kapkormoran

 

Cape Town, 14/05/2016

 

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Cape of Good Hope, 15/05/2016 (with lots of White-Breasted Cormorants)

 

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164/S7.) Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo or Phalacrocorax africanus) / Riedscharbe

 

De Hoop, 17/05/2016

 

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165/S8.) African Darter (Anhinga rufa) / Afrikanischer Schlangenhalsvogel

 

De Hoop, 17/07/2016

 

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(With Reed Cormorants)

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166/S9.) African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) / Schmalschnabellöffler

 

De Hoop, 18/05/2016

 

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167/S10.) African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) / Heiliger Ibis

 

Actually a very common sight in the cape area, but as is often the case with very common birds I kind of forgot about them and almost took no photos, always thinking, "Ah we see them all the time there will be a much better opportunity later." Yeah, right :)

 

Cape Town, 14/05/16 (with a Kelp Gull)

 

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168/S11.) Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychai hagedash) / Hagedasch

 

Kirstenbosh, 19/05/2016

 

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-/S12.) Grey Heron (Adrea cinerea) / Graureiher

 

Already in the count, seen several times here in Austria.

 

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169/S13.) Black-Headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) / Schwarzhalsreiher

 

Kgalagadi, 26/06/16

 

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-/S14.) Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) /Seidenreiher

 

Already one (very distant) sighting here in Austria (Seewinkel)

 

De Hoop, 17/05/16

 

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