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230. Amur Falcon, Dundee (KZN), 26/2

 

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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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231. Swee Waxbill, Thendele, 27/2

 

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232. Drakensberg Prinia, Thendele, 27/2

 

This bird is distinguished from the much more common Karoo Prinia by the light yellow wash and the significantly less degree of streaking on the breast.

 

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233. Long-tailed Widowbird, Dundee, 26/2

 

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234. Chorister Robin-chat, Thendele, 28/2

 

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235. White-fronted Bee-eater, Dundee (KZN), 27/2

 

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236. African Olive-Pigeon, Thendele, 28/2

 

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237. Yellow Bishop, Thendele, 27/2

 

Shameful EBC - taken through a car window.

 

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238. African Stonechat, Thendele, 1/3

 

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Now I know what you have all been thinking....."nice list of birds but where are the Cisticolas"...well wait no more!

 

239. Wailing Cisticola, Thendele, 1/3

 

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It almost goes without saying that you should feel free to challenge any of these classifications - it's a nightmare family to distinguish

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240. Desert Cisticola, Thendele, 1/3

 

This is the one that I'm least confident about.

 

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These are a few members of the family that I have already presented but these are slightly better photos of them.

 

Neddicky, Thendele

 

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Levaillant's Cisticola, Thendele

 

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241. Lazy Cisticola, Thendele, 27/2

 

This species often cocks it's tail

 

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An early morning photo as it tries to warm up

 

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242. Rufous Winged Cisticola, Eshowe Forest Area, 18/2

 

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243. Zitting Cisticola, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

This is an immature bird, as indicated by the lemon wash

 

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244. Croaking Cisticola, Rocktail Bay, 25/2

 

An EBC photo, but the size, shape and back markings are diagnostic

 

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It is not yet the end of March and you already have more birds than I got in the whole of last year!. I particularly like the duplicate photo of the Neddicky - lovely photo and a very appealing name.

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It is not yet the end of March and you already have more birds than I got in the whole of last year!. I particularly like the duplicate photo of the Neddicky - lovely photo and a very appealing name.

 

 

@@TonyQ - thank you. I might have the volume but your thread has wonderful quality.

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I'll start with a few better photos of prior birds

 

White throated Swallow

 

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Helmeted Guineafowl

 

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Dusky Flycatcher

 

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245. Paradise Flycatcher, Walter Sisulu Gardens, 3/3

 

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246. Black Cuckooshrike, Walter Sisulu Gardens, 3/3

 

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247. Grey Tit, Cederberg, 27/1

 

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248. Thick-billed Weaver, Walter Sisulu Gardens, 3/3

 

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249. Mandarin Duck, Walter Sisulu Gardens, 3/3

 

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