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Unfortunately, what will follow here is a series of relatively common birds taken in poor light or just poor photography. I'm just not sure how much more effort I will put in getting better photos of these birds when there are so many others!

 

69. Common Fiscal, Cape Town

 

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70. Cape Wagtail, Intake Island

 

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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

71. Helmeted Guineafowl, Cape Town

 

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72. Rock Kestrel, Kirstenbosch

 

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73. Malachite Sunbird, Non-breeding male, Intaka Island

 

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74. Cape Robin-Chat, Kirstenbosch

 

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75. Spur-winged Goose, Wilderness NP

 

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76. Red-eyed Dove, Intake Island

 

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77. Black-bellied Starling, Wilderness NP

 

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78. Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Jeffrey's Bay

 

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79. Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Juvenile Male

 

I'm not a 100% sure on this one but based on the bill and size I think it's the Southern.

 

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80. Orange-breasted Sunbird, Kirstenbosch

 

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@@xelas - thanks but I think I'll be more a sprinter than a marathon runner in this competition. I'm going to get out the gates fast and then fade back to watch others do their thing.

 

 

Excellent comparison, @ImSA84 . Now, myself I am as a runner who is still at the starting block, although the starter has already given the signal that the race has started. (I do have photos but I am still waiting for the bird book :) to arrive).

 

 

Intriguing - does that mean that you have been on a birding trip but don't yet have the bird guide for the region?

 

 

 

Exactly!

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Peter Connan

80 already, and January isn't even over yet! Cripes!

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michael-ibk

Agreed, very impressive - have not even touched my camera so far in 2017. :-)

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I'll start this next posting with a couple of corrections. 1. I've already failed to number consistently - I have two no.6's so my count is actually 81 so I'll start the next posting on 82.

 

No. 45 is also incorrectly identified - it's not a Pied Crow but actually a White-necked Raven. The Pied Crow is smaller has a more tapered bill and has a white collar around both the front and back of it's neck. I currently have a very poor photo of this bird that'll try upgrade before I post.

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Before I get into posting some new species I thought I would contribute a confirmation shot and a few better photos of previously taken birds.

 

This I'm comfortable is the male Southern Double Collared Sunbird so at least I'm compensating in case my prior posting was incorrect. His thin collar (compared to the thick collar of the male in posting 78.) is diagnostic.

 

Prior posting no. 79, photo taken in Montagu

 

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Cape Bunting (prior posting no.60), Cape Point National Park

 

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Cape Robin-chat (prior posting no. 74), Cape Point National Park

 

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Malachite Sunbird (prior posting no. 73), Cape Point National Park

 

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Orange Breasted Sunbird (prior posting no. 80.), Cape Point National Park

 

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Barn Swallow (prior posting no.63), Cape Point National Park

 

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White-fronted Plover (prior posting no.39), Cape Point National Park

 

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Cape Canary (prior posting no.53), Cape Point National Park

 

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Tdgraves

A great start @@lmSA84 could you put in the dates in your future posts, so that we know they are from this year?

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@@Tdgraves - They are all from this calendar year but yes, I should have been adding the dates and will do so from now on

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82. African Spoonbill, Oudtshroon, 21/1

 

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83. African Black Duck, Montagu, 22/1

 

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84. Brimstone Canary, Cape Point, 24/1

 

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85. Little Egret, Montagu, 22/1

 

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86. Cape Siskin, Montagu, 22/1

 

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87. Common Waxbill, Montagu, 22/1

 

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88. Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Montagu, 22/1

 

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89. Karoo Thrush, Oudtshroon, 21/1 - this is distinguished from the Olive Thrush which I posted earlier by the lack of a white patch and markings on the throat.

 

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90. Southern Boubou, Cape Point, 24/1

 

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91. Sanderling, Cape Point, 23/1

 

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92. Cape Grassbird, Cape Point, 25/1

 

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93. Ruddy Turnstone, Cape Point, 23/1

 

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94. Levaillant's Cisticola, Cape Point, 24/1

 

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95. Crowned Cormorant, Cape Point, 23/1



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96. Familiar Chat, Cape Point, 25/1



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97. Black-headed Heron, Cape Point, 24/1



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98. Swift Tern, Cape Point, 24/1



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99. Ostrich, Cape Point, 23/1



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100. Sandwich Tern, Cape Point, 23/1



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101. Cape Bulbul, Cape Point, 24/1

 

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102. Cape Gannet, Lambert's Bay, 27/1

 

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103. Fairy Warbler, Clanwillian, 27/1

 

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Peter Connan

Over a hundred and still only January! Wow.

 

However, I am concerned by no. 89. My book says the distinguishing feature between the Olive and Karoo thrushes is that the Karoo thrush has a yellow eye-ring?

Is this lacking in juveniles?

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@@Peter Connan - Good spot it could well be a juvenile Olive. I'm using the Robert's app which doesn't overtly reference the yellow eye ring but it's clearly present in the accompanying photos.

 

For simplicities sake I have posted a replacements which we're taken in Augrabies so by virtue of distribution it is a Karoo Thrush.

 

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Going fast, @ImSA84 ! congratulations! Myquestion is about #85; is it not that Little Egret should have yellow feet, even the juveniles?!

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elefromoz

@@lmSA84, enjoyed the Ostrich on the beach, never seen that before. Love the image of all those Cape Gannet packed together there, what a sight.

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@@xelas - your completely right - it's a silly mistake on my part. I don't yet have a replacement so I'll re-set my count at 102 and hopefully follow up later.

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@@elefromoz - thanks, glad you enjoyed. Ostriches on the beach are an amazing sight on South Africa's Cape Point

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Before my next post I want to post a few better photos of birds from previous posts.

 

Southern Red Bishop - breeding male

 

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Blacksmith Lapwing

 

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Rock Kestrel

 

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Common Fiscal

 

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Spotted Thick-knee

 

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Cape Wagtail

 

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Starting on 102 to account for the Little Egret mis-posting.

 

102. Bokmakierie, Clanwilliam, 28/01

 

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103. Pied Crow, Clanwilliam, 28/01 - I previously erroneously labeled a White Necked Raven as a Pied Crow - this however, is the real deal.

 

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104. African Reed Warbler, Augrabies, 29/01

 

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105. Pale-winged Starling, Augrabies, 30/01

 

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106. Brown Scrub-Robin, Augrabies, 29/01

 

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107. African Red-eyed Bulbul, Beaufort West, 10/02

 

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108. Acacia Pied Barbet, Augrabies, 29/01

 

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109. White-backed Mousebird, 30/01

 

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110. Dusky Sunbird, Augrabies, 29/01

 

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111. Orange River White-eye, Clanwilliam, 28/01

 

The Orange River White-eye is distinguished from the Cape White-eye which I posted earlier by it's distribution (although there is some overlap) and it's peach coloured flanks which are grey on the more typical Capensis race.

 

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