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49) African Palm-swift (to be honest, I am not too sure of this):

 

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PalwindswaelCypsiurus parvus

 

Cors-airs RC flying club, near Bronkhorstspruitdam.

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Thank you very much for the kind compliment @@wilddog !

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50) European Bee-eater:

 

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(Note the regurgitated pellet below it)

 

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Europese Byevreter Merops apiaster

 

20 March, Next to a dirt road near the town of Brits

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51) Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah:

 

Male:

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Female:

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Gewone Paradysvink Vidua paradisaea

 

20 March, on a dirt road near Brits

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52) White-bellied Sunbird:

 

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Witpenssuikerbekkie Cinnyris talatala

 

20March, Moegatle 4x4 trial.

Hopefully I will get a better one later in the year.

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53) Black-winged Pratincole:

 

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Swartvlerksprinkaanvoel Glareola nordmanni

 

These birds were very far away (I estimate more than a kilometre), so the photos are not great, but due to their conservation status I suspect I may never see them again.

 

27 February, near Bronkhorstpruitdam.

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Lots of great birds shots, thank you. Hope to see the Barn Swallow (who knows, maybe THAT Barn Swallow) soon here in Europe - harbingers of spring. :)

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Thank you @@michael-ibk.

 

Only thing is, I am not ready to let go of my swallows!

I am not a winter person.

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Your photos are wonderful - real enjoyment looking at these. You have made a great start to the "Big Year".

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Thank you @@TonyQ

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Dark-capped Bulbul:

 

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Swartoogtiptol Pycnonotus tricolor

 

25 March, Kempton Park (the park in front of my house).

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Crested Barbet:

 

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Kuifkophoutkapper Trachyphonus vaillantii

 

Same same.

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Crowned Lapwing:

 

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Kroonkiewiet Vanellus coronatus

 

Same same.

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Hadeda Ibis:

 

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HadedaBostrychia hagedash

 

Same same.

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Cape Sparrow:

 

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Gewone Mossie Passer melanurus

 

Same same.

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Common Myna

 

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Indiese Spreeu Acridotheres tristis

 

Same same.

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Rose-ringed Parakeet:

 

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Ringnekparkiet Psittacula krameri

 

Same same. The "tree" is actually a cellphone tower disguised as a palm tree.

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Speckled Pigeon:

 

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Kransduif Columba guinea

 

Same same.

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More good shots Peter you are really blessed to be able to walk out your door and see so much. I walk out my door and see snow and the odd crow for 5 months a year!

 

Continuing to enjoy this.

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Thank you very much @@dlo.

 

I thank my lucky stars daily that I was born in and still live in South Africa. We also have our problems, but I believe this must be one of the best countries in the world for a nature lover to live in.

 

Then again, Canada also has some amazing photographic opportunities.

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62) African Black Duck:

 

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Swarteend Anas sparsa

 

26 March, Rietvlei.

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63) Spurwing Goose:

 

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In a tight crop, the spurs are just visible:

 

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Wildemakou Plectropterus gambensis

 

Same same

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64) Blacksmith Lapwing:

 

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Bontkiewiet Vanellus armatus

 

Same same.

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65) Bokmakierie:

 

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Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus

 

Same same.

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66) Cardinal Woodpecker:

 

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Kardinaalspeg Dendropicos fuscescens

 

Same same.

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