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This next set of postings is mainly of typically forest based birds

 

190. White-eared Barbet, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

This was a lifer for me

 

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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

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191. Yellow Weaver, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

Another lifer

 

Many of these photos and those to follow were taken in challenging conditions. The weather when we were in Mtunzini / Rocktail Bay was very wet.

 

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192. Marico Sunbird, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

Sadly I only got a shot of the female. The male just wouldn't settle.

 

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193. Trumpeter Hornbill, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

 

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194. Crowned Hornbill, Rocktail Bay, 23/2

 

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195. Black-collared Barbet, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

I strangely never got a better chance to take a better photo of these common birds.

 

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196. Crested Guineafowl, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

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197. Lemon Dove, Eshowe Forest, 18/2

 

Another lifer

 

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198. Tambourine Dove, Eshowe Forest, 18/2

 

Another lifer

 

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199. Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

 

These are such a small bird for such an iconic call of the African forest

 

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200. Grey Cuckooshrike, Eshowe Forest, 18/2

 

I was very excited to see this bird. It's a lifer and whilst not rare I have found it tricky to find.

 

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201. African Green Pigeon, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

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202. Olive Sunbird, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

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203. Dark-backed Weaver, Mtunzini, 18/2

 

Male

 

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Female, Rocktail Bay

 

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204. Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Rocktail Bay, 22/2

 

Another lifer

 

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205. Brown Scrub Robin, Rocktail Bay, 24/2

 

I previously labelled a Karoo Scrub Robin (no. 106) incorrectly as a Brown Scrub Robin. This one below is the real deal.

 

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206. Square-tailed Drongo, Eshowe Forest, 18/2

 

This is a classic EBC photo which I'm certain is a Square-tailed. The second photo is better but I'm not 100% certain that it is square-tailed so I'm posting both to be safe.

 

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207. Southern Black Flycatcher, Rocktail Bay, 22/2

 

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208. Collared Sunbird, Rocktail Bay, 22/2

 

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209. Green-backed Camaroptera, Rocktail Bay, 24/2

 

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Well done on 200 @@lmSA84

 

We have been to eshowe forest, but unfortunately prior to being "into" birds. Who knows what we missed?

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210. Livingstone's Turaco, Rocktail Bay, 23/2

 

The tall crest of this bird is part of what distinguishes it from the Knysna Turaco which I posted previously. I heard this bird calling for several days before I found it and I was totally convinced that it was a trogan calling! I was so convinced that when I did find it I was quite disappointed but I soon got over it - its another lifer.

 

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211. Woodward's Batis, Rocktail Bay, 24/2

 

This is the juvenile and just before I took the photo it was being fed by the two parents but sadly they shot off and didn't return to pose. I actually meant to post this bird previously in my rare collection. This bird is near threatened and was a very lucky find.

 

It's hard to tell given this is the juvenile but the Woodward's is the only male batis without a black breast band.

 

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@@Tdgraves - thank you. I only had a few hours there but it was excellent! I think it would be particularly good in the dry season. Great excuse to go back.

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Already past 200 and it's only March...! You're presenting a lot of interesting species, so please continue.

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