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The Fan tailed Widowbird is not and EBC, it is an OOF :D. Desperate times desperate measures. Got plenty of similar in rainy and windy conditions in Scotland. Just I will need a pro to ID them :P.

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I'll start with some UK easys and a few from my current SA trip.   For SA ones, I'm going to pick images which I don't think I'll better or common ones which I'll shortly stop taking images of.  

Without any trips abroad planned I'm getting desperate and when I do visit reserves I'm doing so to target specific species. In this case I was hoping to find Curlews. When I arrived I spoke to the re

25. Hartlaub"s Gull, Intaka Island     26. Glossy Ibis, Rondevlei Hide, Wilderness NP     27. Cape White-eye, Wilderness NP     28. Red-chested Cuckoo, Juvenile       29. Knysna

Peter Connan
19 hours ago, lmSA84 said:

 

Excellent! If you don't mind getting a legible photo of one and replacing mine...that would be much appreciated 

 

And then my camera broke...

I'm really miffed. But, I did see the Squacco. I hope I have a sharp one... 

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20 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

And then my camera broke...

 

Really?! It happened to @Chakra's D750 also :(

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Peter Connan
8 hours ago, xelas said:

 

Really?! It happened to @Chakra's D750 also :(

 

Yes

I think it's the shutter again, but a different type of failure from the previous one.want happened to @Chakra's?

Sorry for the hi-jack @ImSA84

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@Peter Connan - not to worry, feel free to post. I'm sorry to hear it. I have a relatively new D500 and I'm finding it quite temperamental - it's not unusual that I have remove the battery to re-set it....quite frustrating!

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That is concerning @ImSA84

 

I am now very concerned about the D750's durability, and one of the replacement options I was considering is the D500, so this is not good at all.

 

Hopefully, they are able to sort out your camera with a firmware upgrade soon!

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It's been a while since I've had anything share but between a trip to family trip to Rye, a quick morning at Rainham Marshes and a business trip to Boston I've been able to rustle up a few new ones.

 

These images were all taken from a feeder in a garden adjoining our cottage's garden - so not wanting to trespass they're all pretty grainy. 

 

326. Coal Tit, Sussex, 10.09

 

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327. Marsh Tit, Sussex, 10.09.17

 

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328. Nuthatch, Sussex, 10.09.17

 

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On a morning's trip to Rainham Marshes it was pretty quite but I did manage to finally get a better shot of a Little Grebe, Common Kestrel and a few news ones.

 

Litte Grebe - already counted

 

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Common Kestrel - already counted

 

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329. Common Stonechat, Rainham Marshes, 15.10.17

 

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330. Great Egret, Rainham Marshes, 15.10.17

 

Taken at great distance

 

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1 hour ago, Tdgraves said:

@ImSA84 is this not a little egret?

 

There was a debate in the hide but given it's size, the conclusion was that it's a late summer adult. They're uncommon but if you get lucky at Rainham you can see all three egrets on the same day. 

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331. Eurasian Teal, Rainham Marshes, 15.10.17

 

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332. Double-crested Cormorant, Boston Science Museum, 17.10.17

 

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With November fast approaching at the moment all I see ahead of me is dust! There again I did say it was the taking part and not a competition. It's a great learning curve on ID's and the Egret is a good example. Had me reaching for the book for another look but it's a species were scale is so obvious if you are actually there. You don't get that in a photo of a single bird.

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333. American Herring Gull, Boston Science Museum, 17.10.17

 

Luckily for my count they have split the Herring Gull into a European species (already posted) and an American. I had no idea and was going to delete these photos until I randomly saw turned to the gull page in my European bird guide.

 

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2 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

With November fast approaching at the moment all I see ahead of me is dust! There again I did say it was the taking part and not a competition. It's a great learning curve on ID's and the Egret is a good example. Had me reaching for the book for another look but it's a species were scale is so obvious if you are actually there. You don't get that in a photo of a single bird.

 

@Dave Williams - completely agree. I also always thought they had yellow bills but the more experienced birders explained that they're black in breeding adults over the summer. 

 

They're was a Grey Heron in the same marsh which helped to judge it's size. 

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334. Song Sparrow, Boston Science Museum, 17.10.17

 

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335. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Boston Nature Centre, 17.10.17

 

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336. Downy Woodpecker, Boston Nature Centre, 17.10.17

 

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337. Wild Turkey, 17.10.17, Boston Nature Centre

 

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338. American Robin, Boston Nature Centre, 17.10.17

 

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339. Red-headed Woodpecker, Boston Nature Centre, 17.10.17

 

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