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Galana

Slow down your undergarments are getting in a twist.

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

BOTH 115 & 116 are DBCs in my opinion.  Your reasons for Burchells and/or Temmincks are?

 

Back to the Wahlberg. Peter has one in KTFP so they are seeming to be coming south from their noted range.

I like the lighter head and shoulders of the pale morph. Not many Fish Eagles around Sesreim!

 

Some great Plover photos there my friend.

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xelas
3 hours ago, Galana said:

Your reasons for Burchells and/or Temmincks are?

 

Hua, that is tough now. I have discarded DBC because my bird does not have double bands! Plus it has more curved bill and slightly slender also. But then, this time around I could not find any BC or TC to look like my bird; they all have either very distinctive heads, of have plain backs. Now, could it be a double.banded without double bands?! Even chicks shows them!

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Galana

I like your arguments and agree it is most likely not a DBC so now it is between BC & TC.

On balance it should be TC as the most common of the two but the absence of the dark stripe behind the eye is of concern. Conversely the crown and nape are of one colour whereas BC adult has the grey nape. Is the back colour mottled or scalloped?

Do you have any more photos showing other parts? I am coming to think our call is correct. It is certainly well reasoned.

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xelas
9 hours ago, Galana said:

Do you have any more photos showing other parts?

 

Probably yes. I will looked at them in the afternoon. I will post them here if any will be found.

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Etosha, 5 May
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Dave Williams
10 hours ago, Galana said:

I like your arguments and agree it is most likely not a DBC so now it is between BC & TC.

On balance it should be TC as the most common of the two but the absence of the dark stripe behind the eye is of concern. Conversely the crown and nape are of one colour whereas BC adult has the grey nape. Is the back colour mottled or scalloped?

Do you have any more photos showing other parts? I am coming to think our call is correct. It is certainly well reasoned.

Got me looking now too...and rechecking my own Big year entry too!

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Etosha, 04 May

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Dave Williams

@xelasSome cracking images on this thread and I'm envious that I didn't see half of them it seems. Mine is a Burchell's Courser for sure though:D

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Peter Connan

Some great hornbills and others here. The roller family could also qualify for the"Supermodel thread" I think?

 

 

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xelas
16 hours ago, Galana said:

Do you have any more photos showing other parts? I am coming to think our call is correct. It is certainly well reasoned.

 

As asked by @Galana here is another image of the Burchell's courser (yes, I am now confident this is the right ID):

 

- the shape of the head and the bill fits more to Burchell's then to Temminck's as TC has thicker bill and wider dark stripe behind the eye

- the back feathers pattern is more "accented", and the belly has more "faded" brown colour; there is no black stripe but that is probably because the bird is a juvenile one (??).

 

So what is the final verdict?

 

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2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

@xelasSome cracking images on this thread and I'm envious that I didn't see half of them it seems. Mine is a Burchell's Courser for sure though:D

 

As shown above, mine also :D! As for the number of sightings, you should come more often to Namibia, @Dave Williams :).

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1 hour ago, Peter Connan said:

Some great hornbills and others here. The roller family could also qualify for the"Supermodel thread" I think?

 

 

 

Thanks, @Peter Connan ! Is there a "Supermodel" thread around? With Victoria's Secrets supermodels photos  :o:P ?? 

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Dave Williams

You know how to pick them Alex. I'm not convinced either way. Where exactly was it out of interest?

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xelas
45 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

You know how to pick them Alex. I'm not convinced either way. Where exactly was it out of interest?

 

You mean, where Zvezda took that photo? About a few kilometres outside of Madisa Camp, along the D2612 road.

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Peter Connan
2 hours ago, xelas said:

 

Thanks, @Peter Connan ! Is there a "Supermodel" thread around? With Victoria's Secrets supermodels photos  :o:P ?? 

 

No. Just an idea that @Galana came up with after my comment on the Malachites in my Big Year thread, but underwear is not expected to feature. Ladies in that thread will all have to be completely un-clothed...

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xelas

Now, lady and gentlemen, the "beautiful" world of LBJ's :huh:, starting with Larks. I will post them separately, so it will be easier for me to either correct the ID or cancel the bird altogether.

 

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BY 152 / NAM 076

Gray's Lark - Ammomanes grayi

 

Swakopmund, 25 April

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BY 153 / NAM 077

Karoo Long-billed Lark - Certhilauda subcoronata

 

Erongo, 01 May

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Etosha, 05 May

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Large-billed Lark - Galerida magnirostris

 

Spitzkoope, 27 April

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