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BARBADOS / 02 JANUARY 2017 Let us start the year with a black bird also ourselves: BY 001 / WI 01 Carib Grackle - Quiscalus lugubris BY 002 / WI 02 Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata BY

Here is another improved ebc photo (a set of photos) of a Common Kingfisher - Alcedo Atthis. This one from the hide in Valle di Argenta named Martin pescatore  on 31/10/2017:    

BY266 / SCO 03 Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes     BY267 / SCO 04 Common Stonechat - Saxiola rubicola       BY268 / SCO 05 Barn S

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Dear @Galana, I know both species are escapes. But as you can read on the enclosed link, they have been reported already in IWC report 2004 and 2005: http://www.pravo-za-naravo.si/datoteke/2010/01/iwc-2004-2005.pdf

And not, we did not have a day at the zoo.

 

Now, you do remember the discussion about Greater Scaup vs. Tufted Duck (female) from Scotland (BY282/SCO19)? Herebelow are photos of Tufted Duck, and based on what I can see (female not having dark spor on the beak, and being a different colour) I am going back to my original ID of that bird photographed in Scotland being a Greater Scaup.

 

 

BY 357 / SI 074

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula

 

female

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male

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Zbilje, 03/12/2017

 

 

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BY 358 / SI 075

Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina

 

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Zbilje, 03/12/2017

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On 11/24/2017 at 0:17 PM, Galana said:

What next? Indian Runners?

 

Specially for you, @Galana B); and I will not push my luck with countinmg them although a local birder confirmed to me that they do live here on their own.

 

Indian Runner - Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

 

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Galana
2 hours ago, xelas said:

I know both species are escapes

Actually Ruddy Shelduck are on the Official list and appear in "Collins".

But however much you try you won't make that female Tufted (282) into a Scaup which is mainly a winter visitor (and does have a black tip to the blue bill too.) and has a much larger white base to the bill.

See mine

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But it's your list. You do as you wish.

Nice Indian Runners.

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Peter Connan

Fantastic photos in this batch Alex and Zvezda!

 

9 birds to go and 27 days in which to do it... Sounds possible from down here...

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4 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Fantastic photos in this batch Alex and Zvezda!

 

9 birds to go and 27 days in which to do it... Sounds possible from down here...

 

8 to go......... Turkey on Christmas Day now on the menu!:rolleyes:

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7 hours ago, Galana said:

But it's your list. You do as you wish.

 

Its (almost) on our home turf, @Galana so I have to respect your comment. You have just made 2017 a Leap Year for us :lol:!

 

Now that I know how the Greater Scaup female looks like, please try and find also one Tufted Duck female that looks like the one I have taken photo of in Scotland, as the one we have seen in Domžale is quite much different.

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:

Turkey on Christmas Day now on the menu!:rolleyes:

I think that would get ruled out as it was not free winged and had no identifying filed marks but at least it was not an escape.

 

1 hour ago, xelas said:

please try and find also one Tufted Duck female that looks like the one I have taken photo of in Scotland,

I don't have one in my library but will this do?

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Females of most species, even Hom Sap as you will know, do like to be that little bit different.:wub:

Feb 29th has been and gone. You must have slept through it.

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3 hours ago, Galana said:

Feb 29th has been and gone. You must have slept through it.

 

And will come again soon enough:)

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This Sunday was just pure bliss ... warm and sunny and I have spent at Isola della Cona. No new birds but chances to improve on two ebc shots:

 

Common Pochard ...

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... and third attempt on Greater Flamingo

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As said, a beautiful day, as beautiful as this Mute Swan

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Working hard to add more birds. Going out into the cold misty morning only produces a couple of better photos of already posted birds. 

 

 

Bullfinch, female and male

 

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Goosander female

 

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If we all waited for the best shot before posting we would all still be on zero until Christmas.

Great Bullfinches.

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Persistance is the name of the (birding) game. Thus we have returned to Foce dell'Isonzo, as the weather forecast was again sunny, and I needed a place to try out how 200-500 zoom works with TC14. Short answer to whoever is interested: decently OK at shorter distances, not at all at longer distances. But more importantly, we were lucky with 2 more birds to be added.

 

First one I would not know to tell the difference but the local bird photographer was absolutely assured.

 

BY 358 / ITA 17

Short-toed Treecreeper - Certhia brachydactyla

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Isola della Cona, 23/12/2017

 

 

This one was much easier to ID although, a solo traveller he tried his best to blend himself among Coots and Tufted Ducks and Common Pochards (not all presented on below photo).

 

BY 359 / ITA 18

Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula

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Valle Cavanata, 23/12/2017

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Peter Connan

Nice finds, especially the treecreeper!

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Dave Williams

Nice finds indeed, I have been looking for a Treecreeper this week.No luck...yet.

 

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17 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Nice finds indeed, I have been looking for a Treecreeper this week.No luck...yet.

 

Keep tryin' ! I have seen one today again. 

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Looking hard under the branches of Kamniška Bistrica river for Dippers, no success but still 5 days to go. Instead of I have found this lovely couple well hidden ... but not invisible :D!

 

 

BY 360 / SI 076

Mandarin Duck - Aix galericulata

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Peter Connan

Beautiful Alex!

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PeterHG

Good find, Alex! And a lovely photo. Now go and enjoy Christmas, enough is enough :)

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018 to all Safaritalkers, birders and non-birders alike, from Zvezda, Tanja and Alex!!!

 

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Alex

Merry Christmas to you, Zvezda and Tanja. And still a few days to get a few more European birds before your trip to South Africa  :)

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