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Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa, 14/1/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 320, f7.1, 1/1000 EV +2/3

 

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/800 EV +2/3

 

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37) Helmeted guineafowl

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Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa, 14/1/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/2500 EV -1/3

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 800, f9, 1/1250 EV -1/3

 

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38) Western cattle egret (and friend!)

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+2 These are gorgeous birds which I've often seen but for one reason or another I've never managed to photograph them.

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@@Tdgraves, well for me, the Thick knee is just great, love them and what a nice photo you got. #13 Pied Starling, looks like I feel when I think Ive nailed a shot only to get home, look at it on the big screen and see that Ive completely stuffed it up.

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@@Tdgraves I just adore the photo of an African hoopoe because it's such an unusual bird. All of your other photos are great as well.

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Lots of great additions. I really like the Cattle Egret on the Zebra

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so that's it for Rietvlei, apart from a Steppe buzzard that I caught the back end of - I have a better shot from KNP, when I can find it...

We have had some unseasonably warm weather in the UK recently (although I think winter may be on its' way back soon). So this morning, as it looked as if the clouds would part, I set off for the nature reserve. Of course, as soon as I got there, the clouds started building again, so I cut short my walk and by the time I left, it was raining :(

 

I managed some good sightings though, but with very high ISO....

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

 

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1000, f8, 1/400 EV+1/3

 

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39) Dunnock

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17



Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/800-1/1000



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40) Great cormorant (being harassed by a swan!)


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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/1250 EV +1

 

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1250, f8, 1/400

 

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41) Long-tailed tit

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17



Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/400



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42) Carrion crow


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I was completely unprepared for the next one, so forgive me. It had got considerably darker and I had just stopped at a view point, when this flew up from the reed bed - of course, I did not have the optimal settings :(


However, my first chance of a shot at one of these birds at this site...



Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17



Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f11, 1/400



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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/400



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43) Western marsh harrier


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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17



Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/2500



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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/1600 EV+1



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44) Blue tit


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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17



Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/2000 EV-1/3



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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/3200 EV+1



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45) Great tit


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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1000, f8, 1/1250

 

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46) Gadwall (a new species for me)

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By the time I got to the hide, it was pretty grey

Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1000, f8, 1/1250

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 800, f8, 1/2500 EV-1/3

 

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47) Eurasian oystercatcher

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1250, f8, 1/1250 EV+2/3

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 800, f8, 1/800 EV+2/3

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1000, f8, 1/1250 EV+2/3

 

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48) Northern lapwing

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 800, f8, 1/1000 EV+2/3

 

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 800, f8, 1/2000

 

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49) Black-headed gull

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 800, f8, 1/800

 

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50) Herring gulls (and friends)

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1250, f8, 1/1250 EV+2/3

 

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Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 1250, f8, 1/1000 EV+2/3

 

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51) Pochard (a bit ebc I'm afraid!)

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/1000 EV+1

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52) Great crested grebe

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Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 21/2/17

Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, 1.4x extender mark iii, ISO 640, f8, 1/2500

 

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53) Goldeneye (new for me but terrible proof shot)

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