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BY 155 / NAM 079

Monotonous Lark - Mirafra passerina

 

Spitzkoope, 28 April

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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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BY 156 / NAM 080

Sabota Lark - Mirafra sabota

 

Etosha, 08 May

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Etosha, 12 May

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BY 157 / NAM 081

Spike-heeled Lark - Chersomanes albofasciata

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 158 / NAM 082

Stark's Lark - Spizocorys starki

 

Hoada camp, 04 May

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BY 159 / NAM 083

Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark - Eremopterix verticalis

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 160 / NAM 084

Greater Striped Swallow - Cecropis cucullata

 

Barchan Dune Resort, 23 April

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BY 161 / NAM 085

Banded Martin - Riparia cincta

 

Etosha, 05 May

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BY 162 / NAM 086

Rock Martin - Riparia cincta

 

Okonjima, 14 May

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Galana

I am happy to say your Courser is most likely a Burchell's. Poorly defined Black Belly Band edges me that way. The undersides are inconclusive. Is that "speckled" as in the description of juv TC? Who really knows what these people write as 'descriptions'?

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Moving on with a set of easier ones (at least I hope I've got them right)!

 

BY 163 / NAM 087

Pied Crow - Corvus albus

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 164 / NAM 088

Cape Crow - Corvus capensis

 

Etosha, 06 May

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BY 165 / NAM 089

Black Cuckooshrike - Campephaga flava

 

Etosha, 05 May

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BY 166 / NAM 090

Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

 

Etosha, 06 May

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Etosha, 07 May

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BY 167 / NAM 091

African Red-eyed Bulbul - Pycnonotus nigricans

 

Swakopmund, 25 April

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BY 168 / NAM 092

Bare-cheeked Babler - Turdoides gymnogenys

 

Madisa camp, 02 May

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BY 169 / NAM 093

Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler

 

Hola, 13 May

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BY 170 / NAM 094

Carp's Tit - Parus carpi

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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BY 171 / NAM 095

Grey Tit - Parus afer

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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BY 172 / NAM 096

Groundscraper Thrush - Psophocichla litsitsirupa

 

Maids camp, 02 May

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BY 173 / NAM 097

Short-toed Rock-Thrush - Monticola brevipes

 

Okonjima, 14 May

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Beautiful Lark shots - whichever species they are.

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42 minutes ago, michael-ibk said:

Beautiful Lark shots - whichever species they are.

I agree. However I think the 'Large -billed' might just be a tad off range and environment although it sure as heck looks like one. Our good friend the Sabota might just be a better fit.

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11 hours ago, Galana said:

I agree. However I think the 'Large -billed' might just be a tad off range and environment although it sure as heck looks like one. Our good friend the Sabota might just be a better fit.

 

I know, @Galana. The range map! I should pay more attention to them. After scrutinising two of posted photos I have to correct myself :(; although the colour and the shape of the bill is every bit like the one of the Large-billed; yet, that the bird would go so far away from its normal distribution area which ends on the southern Namibian border is very unlikely. Also all the photos of Large-billed Lark found on internet were taken in South Africa; the one on this site looks every bit like mine only it was taken within the birds normal distribution area: http://www.photodestination.co.za/northern-cape-birding-pofadder.html (11 of 11. Large-billed Lark, bottom of the page)

 

 

BY 154 / NAM 078

Sabota Lark - Mirafra sabota

 

Spitzkoope, 27 April

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BY 173 / NAM 097

Ant-eating Chat - Myrmecocichla formicivora

 

Etosha, 05 May

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female

 

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male

 

 

BY 174 / NAM 098

Familiar Chat - Cercomela familiaris

 

Ameib ranch, 29 April

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BY 175 / NAM 099

Mountain Wheatear - Oenanthe monticola

 

Spitzkoope, 28 April

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BY 176 / NAM 100

Capped Wheatear - Oenanthe pileata

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 177 / NAM 101

Kalahari Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas paena

 

Etosha, 12 May

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BY 178 / NAM 102

White-browed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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BY 179 / NAM 103

Long-billed Crombec - Sylvietta rufescens

 

Ameib ranch, 29 April

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TonyQ

The beautiful photos keep on coming. I agree that there is a fine collection of larks (even if I would be unable to identify them:))

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6 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

The beautiful photos keep on coming. I agree that there is a fine collection of larks (even if I would be unable to identify them:))

 

 

Thanks, @TonyQ! I hope to reach #200; if not with Namibian ones then we have a couple of locals to be posted before going to our well deserved holidays -_-.

 

Larks were not that difficult once you get the Sabota images out of the picture; and already Ringo Starr knew... With A Little Help Of My Friends ... Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

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One more set of LBJ's birds, to end the week-end in style :D.

 

 

BY 180 / NAM 104

African Reed Warbler -  Acrocephalus baeticatus

 

Swakopmund, 25 April

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BY 181 / NAM 105

Black.chested Prinia - Prinia flavicans

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 182 / NAM 106

Tawny-flanked Prinia - Prinia subflava

 

Etosha, 10 May

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BY 183 / NAM 107

Desert Cisticola - Cisticola aridulus

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 184 / NAM 108

Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis

 

Etosha, 10 May

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BY 185 / NAM 109

Rattling Cisticola - Cisticola chiniana

 

Etosha, 12 May

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@xelas - the quality of these photos makes even LBJ's seem a like a bird of paradise.

 

The Prinia and Tit-Babbler really standout.

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12 hours ago, lmSA84 said:

The Prinia and Tit-Babbler really standout.

 

I really like this, @lmSA84, specially because the Tit-Babler is my photo :D!

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I need to hurry up now and finish the Namibia part. Best with a real "bird of paradise" ;).

 

BY 186 / NAM 110

African Paradise Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

 

Madisa camp, 02 May

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female

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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male

 

 

BY 187 / NAM 111

Chat Flycatcher - Bradornis infuscatus

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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BY 188 / NAM 112

Marico Flycatcher - Bradornis mariquensis

 

Ameib ranch, 29 April

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BY 189 / NAM 113

Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata

 

Etosha, 05 May

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BY 190 / NAM 114

Pririt Batis - Batis pririt

 

Ameib ranch, 30 April

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female

 

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male

 

 

BY 191 / NAM 115

White-tailed Shrike - 

 

Madisa camp, 02 May

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BY 192 / NAM 116

Cape Wagtail - Motacilla capensis

 

Palmwag, 03 May

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BY 193 / NAM 117

African Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus

 

Etosha, 12 May

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BY 194 / NAM 118

Long-billed Pipit  - Anthus similis

 

Etosha, 09 May

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BY 195 / NAM 119

Plain-backed Pipit - Anthus leucophrys

 

Etosha, 08 May

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BY 196 / NAM 120

Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis

 

Etosha, 08 May

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Galana

As has been said. Even LBJ's can look good and bring out the best of Namibia.

Check out your Spotted Flycatcher

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