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Zvezda & Alex Big Year 2016 - first attempt


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Hello to everyone watching this excellent thread!

 

We are participating purely on de Coubertain's ideal. It will be a great way to learn more about birds, and to get out and try to add as many to the list.

 

There will be mostly only English names, and sometimes even without those. So please do us a favour and help us identifying those we are unable to ID!

 

I will try to post in a timeline manner. And will add the location at the start of each different location, with some info about it.

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I. Rietvlei, South Africa / 30 Jan 2016

 

Out Big Year could not start better than accompanied by @@Peter Connan, a birder and photographer and person par excellence. We have been taken to Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Johannesburg.

Peter showed us many birds, and some of those we were able to capture on the sensor.

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1. African Stonechat, female and male

 

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2. Ant-eating Chat (?)

 

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3. Blacksmith Lapwing

 

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4. Cape Wagtail

 

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5. Crested Barbet (every bird counts)

 

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6. Crowned Lapwing

 

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7. Helmeted Guineafowl

 

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8. Long-tailed Widowbird (by Zvezdana)

 

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9. Malachite Kingfisher

 

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10. Pied Starling

 

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11. Pin-tailed Whydah (by Alex)

 

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12. Southern Masked Weaver

 

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13. Southern Red Bishop

 

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14. Speckled Mousebird

 

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15. Speckled Pigeon

 

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16. Thick-billed Weaver

 

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17. Wattled Starling

 

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18. Western cattle Egret, female & male

 

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Addendum Jane Doe: these two I need your help with ID.

 

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@@xelas,

Off to a good start Alex and Zvezda! Looking forward to more!

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@@xelas

A great start - good to have you (both) on board. I suppose you will look on your Sri Lanka trip a little differently now :)

I look forward to seeing some of your local birds as well.

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