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xelas

What to say, @ImSA84 ?! Before the rest of us have even filled our batteries, you have already passed by 200! Congratulations!

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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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Wow - 200 already! Well done. Very enjoyable.

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Only march and you have virtually exceeded my total for last year! Excellent, and some very rare birds too! Brilliant effort.

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@@Peter Connan, @@PeterHG, @@TonyQ, @@xelas - thank you.

 

I had the good fortune to spend the first two months of this year on parental leave. I travelled all over SA with my wife and 6 month old daughter so hence all the birds. I'm back now so I'll slowly start slipping back to the pack.

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These next set of birds are my remaining photos from Mtunzini and Rocktail / Lake Sibhayi.

 

212. African Pied Wagtail, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

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213. Hamerkop, Lake Sibhayi, 22/2

 

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214. Burchell's Coucal, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

Classic EBC

 

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215. European Roller, Rocktail Bay, 26/2

 

The sun spider in it's beak has to be the largest I've seen. Lord only knows how it swallowed it.

 

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216. Black-headed Puffback, Rocktail Bay, 21/2

 

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217. African Wattled Lapwing, Lake Sibhayi, 22/2

 

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218. Willow Warbler, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

I could hear these birds calling everywhere in the thick bush but I only ever got one chance to grab a shot. Very frustrating.

 

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219. African Fish Eagle, Lake Sibhayi, 22/2

 

Shameful abuse of the EBC rules

 

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220. Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

I had much better photos of this bird but I managed to delete them so I'm only left with these obscured ones

 

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221. African Jacana, Eshowe Forest Area, 18/2

 

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222. Kittlitz's Plover, Lake Sibhayi, 22/2

 

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223. Pale Flycatcher, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

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224. White-backed Duck, Eshowe Forest Area, 18/2

 

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225. European Bee-eater, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

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226. Violet-backed Starling, Mtunzini, 19/2

 

Female - I unfortunately did not see the male

 

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@@lmSA84 225 typo - bee-eater, I imagine due to baby-induced sleepless nights....

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@@lmSA84 225 typo - bee-eater, I imagine due to baby-induced sleepless nights....

 

Good spot

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Before I post again I wanted to share a few better photos of prior birds

 

Fiscal Flycatcher, Thendele

 

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Southern Boubou, Thendele

 

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Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Thendele

 

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White-breasted Cormorant, Thendele

 

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Cape Turtle Dove, Thendele

 

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Familiar Chat, Thendele

 

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Speckled Mousebird, Thendele

 

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Rocktail Bay

 

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The next set of photos will predominately from Thendele (Drakensberg) and a few from Dundee (KZN).

 

227. Cape Rock Thrush, Thendele, 27/2

 

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228. Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Thendele, 1/3

 

I'm not a 100% certain on this one but based on the Robert's app and online pictures I think this is right. It's the female.

 

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229. Red-collared Widowbird, Thendele, 28/2

 

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