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PeterHG

Beautiful shots on this outing. Agree with the others about the Spotted Crake. Really special sighting!

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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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xelas

Time to post some more bird photos. Namibia was prolific with bird sightings; only way too many LBJ's :unsure:. Birds are posted in batches of similar birds.

To all your fellow birders, please do correct me whenever a wrong ID is spotted!! Only thus I will be able to learn and come closer to you :). Thanks In Advance !!

 

 

BY 077 / NAM 001
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus
Swakopmund, 26 April
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BY 078 / NAM 002
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Walvis Bay, 26 April
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BY 079 / NAM 003
Lesser Flamingo - Phoenicopterus minor
Walvis Bay, 26 April
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BY 080 / NAM 004
Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumenifer
Etosha, 7 May
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BY 081 / NAM 005
White Stork - Ciconia ciconia
Etosha, 7 May
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BY 082 / NAM 006
Yellow-billed Egret - Ardea brachyrhyncha
Etosha, 11 May
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BY 083 / NAM 007
Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis
Walvis Bay, 26 April
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BY 084 / NAM 008
Cape Teal - Anas capensis
Walvis Bay, 26 April
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BY 085 / NAM 009
South African Shelduck - Tadorna cana
Ameib Ranch, 30 April

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BY 086 / NAM 010
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca
Ameib Ranch, 30 April
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BY 087 / NAM 011
Cape Shoveler - Anas smithii
Etosha, 12 May
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female
 
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male
 
 
BY 088 / NAM 012
Red-billed Teal - Anas erythrorhyncha
Etosha, 12 May
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BY 089 / NAM 013
White-backed Vulture - Gyps africanus
Etosha, 05 May
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BY 090 / NAM 014
Lappet-faced Vulture - Torgos tracheliotos
Etosha, 08 May
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BY 091 / NAM 015
Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus
Etosha, 06 May
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BY 092 / NAM 016
Tawny Eaggle - Aquila rapax
Etosha, 11 May
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BY 093 / NAM 017
Booted Eagle - Hieraaetus pennatus
Sesriem, 23 April
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BY 094 / NAM 018
Wahlberg's Eagle - Hieraaetus wahlbergi
Sesriem, 23 April
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BY 095 / NAM 019
Black-chested Snake Eagle - Circaetus pectoralis
Spitzkoope, 27 April
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Etosha, 11 May
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BY 096 / NAM 020
African Hawk-eagle - Aquila spilogaster
Spitzkoope, 28 April
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Etosha, 12 May
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BY 097 / NAM 021
African Harrier-hawk - Polyboroides typus
Etosha, 10 May
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juvenile - Etosha, 12 May
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BY 098 / NAM 022
Pale Chanting Goshawk - Melierax canorus
Etosha, 05 May
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juvenile - Etosha, 06 May
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BY 099 / NAM 023
Rock Kestrel - Falco rupicolus
Spitzkoope, 28 April
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Etosha, 10 May
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BY 100 / NAM 024
Greater Kestrel - Falco rupicoloides
Etosha, 09 May
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BY 101 / NAM 025
Red-necked Falcon - Falco chicquera
Etosha, 10 May
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BY 102 / NAM 026
Lanner Falcon - Falco biarmicus
Etosha, 06 May
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BY 103 / NAM 027
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
Ameib ranch, 30 April
59817cf9321b4_PeregrineFalconA.JPG.b8900a4f9d105058229fc7b60c82b5e0.JPG
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TonyQ

Some great new additions - I really like the Red Necked Falcon

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PeterHG

Excellent raptor shots, many of them in flight! They are all very good, but the White-backed Vulture stands out for me. What a majestic bird. Well done Zvezda!

(Hasn't that Wahlberg's Eagle strayed a little from its usual distribution area? Distribution maps may well be outdated, though))

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1 hour ago, PeterHG said:

Hasn't that Wahlberg's Eagle strayed a little from its usual distribution area?

 

It might not be a Wahlberg's after all, really tough to decide from such a distance and heavy cropped image. Any ideas, @PeterHG ?

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BY 104 / NAM 028
Common Ostrich - Struthio camelus
Etosha, 11 May
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BY 105 / NAM 029
Blue Crane - Anthropoides paradiseus
Etosha, 06 May
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BY 106 / NAM 030
Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori
Etosha, 06 May
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BY 107 / NAM 031
Secretarybird - Sagittarius serpentarius
Etosha, 10 May
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4 hours ago, PeterHG said:

(Hasn't that Wahlberg's Eagle strayed a little from its usual distribution area? Distribution maps may well be outdated, though))

Maybe it joined the throngs that go to see the Dunes? :o

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BY 108 / NAM 032
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris
Etosha, 09 May
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BY 109 / NAM 033
Red-billed Spurfowl - Pternistis adspersus
Etosha, 12 May
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BY 110 / NAM 034
Crested Francolin - Dendroperdix sephaena
Etosha, 12 May
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BY 111 / NAM 035
Rüppell's Korhaan - Eupodotis rueppelii)
Sossusvlei 23 April
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BY 112 / NAM 036
Northern Black Korhaan - Afrotis afraoides
Etosha, 07 May
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female
 
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male
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michael-ibk

Congratulations on #100, Alex - beautiful photos (of course)!

 

5 hours ago, PeterHG said:

Hasn't that Wahlberg's Eagle strayed a little from its usual distribution area? Distribution maps may well be outdated, though

 

What makes you think Wahlberg´s? Why not simply a Tawny?

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3 minutes ago, michael-ibk said:

 

What makes you think Wahlberg´s? Why not simply a Tawny?

I was thinking along those lines, too.

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Peter Connan

Great raptor shots!

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2 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

What makes you think Wahlberg´s? Why not simply a Tawny?

 

Because it adds to the count :rolleyes:?!

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2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

I was thinking along those lines, too.

 If there are enough evidences this bird is a Tawny, I am all ears.

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BY 113 / NAM 037
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
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BY 114 / NAM 038
Spotted Thick-knee - Burhinus capensis
 
Etosha, 06 May
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BY 115 / NAM 039
Burchell's Courser - Cursorius rufus
 
Madisa Camp, 03 May

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juvenile

 

 

BY 116 / NAM 040
Spotted Thick-knee - Rhinoptilus africanus
 
Etosha, 07 May
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BY 117 / NAM 041
Bronze-winged Courser - Rhinoptilus chalcopterus
 
Etosha, 12 May
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BY 118 / NAM 042
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus
 
Madisa camp, 01 May
5982d3954dc73_CrownedLapwingA.JPG.ee2f64b075ac73bd5497d050b0584f7c.JPG
 
Etosha, 10 May
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BY 119 / NAM 043
Blacksmith Lapwing - Vanellus armatus
 
Etosha, 11 May
5982d38a84220_BlacksmithLapwing(Plover)j.A.JPG.4d54e5628f2ff965088c2da35ac81242.JPG
juvenile
 
Etosha, 06 May
5982d387b1b31_BlacksmithLapwing(Plover)j._01A.JPG.1d0ef182af28f5b89c5a4d3df0f299e9.JPG
adolescent
 
Ameib ranch, 29 April
5982d38d119fe_BlacksmithLapwing(Plover)AA.JPG.39028b6d4e747e562823da0d1b3a296b.JPG
 
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Tdgraves

@xelas typo - you have called 114 and 116 spotted thick knees....

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30 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

@xelas typo - you have called 114 and 116 spotted thick knees....

 

 

Don't worry it's not on twice, 116 is the Double-banded Courser.

 

The adolescent Blacksmith Lapwing was well worked out, stunning bird too especially at this stage, following on from the chick shot you can see the colours developing ,

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51 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

@xelas typo - you have called 114 and 116 spotted thick knees....

 

Correction:

 

BY 116 / NAM 040
Double-banded Courser - Rhinoptilus africanus
 
 
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BY 120 / NAM 044
Three-banded Plover - Charadrius tricollaris
 
Ameib ranch, 30 April
59831e6a493f1_Three-bandedPloverAA.JPG.6ad3fdbbaf152545fcf514ddbed13948.JPG
 
 
BY 121 / NAM 045
Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius
 
Etosha, 12 May
59831e60926a3_KittlitzsPloverA.JPG.e6c160c868bee2d6f85cee19df3d8b09.JPG
 
 
BY 122 / NAM 046
White-fronted Plover - Charadrius marginatus

 

Walvis Bay, 26 April

59831e70cbe59_White-frontedPloverDA.JPG.5da7493771d98ea7aefd32f13bc57afe.JPG

 

 

BY 123 / NAM 047
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
59831e63e0091_LittleStintA.JPG.c5b8d798aa33753828a44036499da8f3.JPG

 

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BY 124 / NAM 048
Kelp Gull - Larus dominicanus
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
5983212a9d69f_KelpGullBA.JPG.b6b2ba3c0c2b177a3a30026fba4e00ab.JPG
 
5983212876afb_KelpGullAA.JPG.2e6e6a39a461cd3e8fb0eebfc8238424.JPG
 
 
BY 125 / NAM 049
Hartlaub's Gull - Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
 
Swakopmund, 25 April
59832125ae925_HartlaubsGullB.JPG.3938893d721e69110ab2533e5cf9ae03.JPG
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
598321237870b_HartlaubsGullAA.JPG.b646627df19d20a892597eea3e6861f3.JPG
 
 
BY 126 / NAM 050
Grey-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
598321203f596_Grey-headedGullA.JPG.7ee2e76ff1f66707090d287e4ed0f0ed.JPG
 
 
BY 127 / NAM 051
Slender-billed Gull - Chroicocephalus genei
 
Swakopmund, 25 April
5983213067772_Slender-billedGullA.JPG.5189721ee3d9f4f3a3f7b31d31a03ba2.JPG
 
 
 
BY 128 / NAM 052
Sandwich Tern - Thalasseus sandvicensis (almost cropped to 100%, but if you squint your eyes hard enough, you will notice a yellow tip on the bill B))
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
5983212d97d88_SandwichTernA.JPG.12669adc6b289722311db59eec36cd32.JPG
 
 
BY 129 / NAM 053
Swift Tern - Thalasseus bergii (same distance same crop same image)
 
Walvis Bay, 26 April
59832133ac224_SwiftTernA.JPG.c4f461a50b825b67ece36a65ec26f131.JPG
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