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Peter Connan

P.s. @@Peter Connan - what does your title mean??

@@Tdgraves, it's the third time I am trying to achieve a respectable big year. But since I don't have any firm travel plans, I am probably doomed to failure. Again.

 

Pied Starling:

 

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Witgatspreeu Spreo bicolor

 

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I have been considering whether it would be kinder to leave this until @@michael-ibk and @@Treepol had got some good momentum going, or to give them some solidarity, but it seems they have got more th

Some trivia and doubles.   Firstly, fall is definitely here. See how quickly they become drab!   Southern Red Bishop:       Long-tailed Widowbird:     And just some European Be

Rufous-naped Lark:     Rooineklewerik Mirafra Africana   7 February, Barnstormers RC flying field, Bapsfontein.

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Malachite Kingfisher:

 

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Kuifkopvisvanger Alcedo cristata

 

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Ha @@Tom Kellie great minds think alike! After hearing of yours and @@xelas birding trips, I had suggested to @@Peter Connan that we meet up the next time we are in South Africa......

 

 

~ @@Tdgraves

 

Well, well, well!

When your next South Africa visit is congealing, please let me know the general time frame.

I would very seriously look at my schedule to see if it might be possible to cross paths.

What a lovely Safaritalk get together we'd have!

Tom K.

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Long-tailed Widowbird:

 

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Langstertflap Euplectes progne

 

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Thick-billed Weaver:

 

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Dikbekwewer Amblyospiza albifrons

 

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Black-bellied Korhaan:

 

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Langbeenkorhaan Eupodotis melanogaster

 

7 February, Barnstormers RC flying field, Bapsfontein.

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@@Peter Connan

If you achieved so many wonderful sightings in such a short time then I would think you have a very good chance of being "lucky"!

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Rufous-naped Lark:

 

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Rooineklewerik Mirafra Africana

 

7 February, Barnstormers RC flying field, Bapsfontein.

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Thank you @@TonyQ

 

Black Heron:

 

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Swartreier Egretta ardesiaca

 

14 February, Marievale, again with @@xelas and Zvezda.

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Cape Shoveller:

 

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Kaapse Slopeend Anas smithii

 

As above.

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P.s. @@Peter Connan - what does your title mean??

@@Tdgraves, it's the third time I am trying to achieve a respectable big year. But since I don't have any firm travel plans, I am probably doomed to failure. Again.Pied Starling:attachicon.gifPiedODP.jpgWitgatspreeu Spreo bicolorSame same.

I thought it might relate to the elusive prize that @@Game Warden offered.....

 

Anyway, you don't need to "travel" apart from a few Kms in the car, as you live in South Africa!!

 

Already several species so far that I have yet to see

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Hottentot Teal:

 

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Gevlekte Eend Anas hottentota

 

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Ps do you have some new kit or have you been practising? The standard of photos is VERY high....

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Thank you @@Tdgraves. However, I feel that to truly be able to call it a big year, I feel I need at least 30% of SA's species. And that won't be possible without extensive travelling.

 

Kit is Nikon D750 and mostly 500mm f4. Nothing new since august last year.

 

Fulvous Duck:

 

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Fluiteend Dendrocygna bicolor

 

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South African Shelduck:

 

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Kopereend Tadorna cana

 

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I think that'll have to do for today...

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@@Peter Connan lovely photos as usual - how lucky to get both bishops in one frame.

 

As I write this the yellow-tailed black cockatoos are wheeling and squawking overhead, shame its too dark for photos this morning.

 

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Now I am cheating big time.This image belongs to Zvezdana, not me I hope she and @@xelas don't mind.Wattled Starling (female):attachicon.gifKgalagadi 2016-012 A.JPGLelspreeu Creatophora cinerea

Definitely cheating - referee?!?

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@@Peter Connan

 

So many great great shots I always enjoy your pictures and you always educate me with so many birds I've never heard of. Thanks for doing this.

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@@dlo, only a pleasure.

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michael-ibk

Terrífic stuff, Peter - all excellent.

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Thank you @@Treepol and @@michael-ibk. I appreciate your kind comments.

 

So, the first egg has landed.

 

The Korhaan in post #31 is in fact a Northern Black (Witvlerkkorhaan or Eupodotis afraoides

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Black-headed Heron:

 

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Swartkopreier Ardea melanocephala

 

Marievale, 14 February, with @@xelas and Zvezda

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Lesser Swamp-warbler:

 

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Kaapse Rietsanger Acrocephalus gracilirostris

 

Same time, same place, same wonderful company.

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Pied Kingfisher:

 

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Bontvisvanger Ceryle rudis

 

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We also saw Malachite, slightly closer than the one at Rietvlei, but not so that anybody could get any really good photos.

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34) Purple Swamphen:

 

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Grootkoningriethaan Porphyrio madagascariensis

 

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