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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




70. Cape Wagtail, Intake Island



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71. Helmeted Guineafowl, Cape Town




72. Rock Kestrel, Kirstenbosch




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




74. Cape Robin-Chat, Kirstenbosch




75. Spur-winged Goose, Wilderness NP



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76. Red-eyed Dove, Intake Island




77. Black-bellied Starling, Wilderness NP




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




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.



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?





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

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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




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






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




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




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




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




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



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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




83. African Black Duck, Montagu, 22/1




84. Brimstone Canary, Cape Point, 24/1




85. Little Egret, Montagu, 22/1




86. Cape Siskin, Montagu, 22/1




87. Common Waxbill, Montagu, 22/1




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




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.




90. Southern Boubou, Cape Point, 24/1



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91. Sanderling, Cape Point, 23/1




92. Cape Grassbird, Cape Point, 25/1




93. Ruddy Turnstone, Cape Point, 23/1




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



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95. Crowned Cormorant, Cape Point, 23/1


96. Familiar Chat, Cape Point, 25/1


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


98. Swift Tern, Cape Point, 24/1


99. Ostrich, Cape Point, 23/1


100. Sandwich Tern, Cape Point, 23/1


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101. Cape Bulbul, Cape Point, 24/1




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




103. Fairy Warbler, Clanwillian, 27/1



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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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@@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




Blacksmith Lapwing




Rock Kestrel




Common Fiscal




Spotted Thick-knee




Cape Wagtail



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


102. Bokmakierie, Clanwilliam, 28/01




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




104. African Reed Warbler, Augrabies, 29/01




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




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




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




108. Acacia Pied Barbet, Augrabies, 29/01




109. White-backed Mousebird, 30/01




110. Dusky Sunbird, Augrabies, 29/01




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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