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Well done on reaching 350- a great achievement. And I would expect you to take full advantage of the local park:)

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It's too cold, damp and miserable to go out at the moment and with 2 weeks gone my species photo count is 1. We get the odd Snow Bunting over wintering from Scandinavia here in the UK and fortunately

12) Chiffchaff These are probably the most common of our summer migrant warblers which also tend to be the first to arrive in late March to early April. To see one in our garden yesterday was a smash

271)Tawny Owl Seen on one of my garden perches late this evening when the light was fading fast. Thrilled to see it for the first time in a couple of years although I hear them calling during the

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353) Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher  Culicicapa ceylonensis

Took a while to catch up with this one flitting around the undergrowth but it was worth the effort...a lifer!

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354) Rufous Treepie   Dendrocitta vagabunda

 

While chasing the Flycatcher I came across this Treepie. I had seen one and photographed it badly earlier in the trip so this was a bonus too.

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355) Verditer Flycatcher   Eumyias thalassinus

Another Flycatcher in the same area, it too in deep shade.

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356) Black Drongo  Dicrurus macrocercus

 

It was a Saturday morning in the park and there were half a dozen courting couples ( behaving correctly I might add) sitting on park benches dotted around the place. I only had a comparatively small 100-400mm lens but you feel very self conscious especially when you are hanging around in the undergrowth! It was with some relief i spotted a Black Drongo out in the open and so could demonstrate what I was trying to photograph!

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Tdgraves

Congrats on 350 - looks like you’ll beat me in 2017....

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357) Common Tailorbird    Orthotomus sutorius

 

The final bird the park gifted me was this Tailorbird. I'd told Claire I'd only be gone an hour but 3 had disappeared in next to no time. I was finally doing what I love, mixing wildlife photography and travel. Ancient buildings are OK but give me natural wonders any day!!

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52 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

Congrats on 350 - looks like you’ll beat me in 2017....

 

@Tdgraves  That's me done now. I may make a couple more but I'm not going to make any effort. As an ex salesman I know that once you have hit target you slow down giving yourself a better chance that you can hit  it again next time. I have set myself an ambitious 500 for 2018, ambitious only in as much as I hope to avoid using dodgy images!

 

PS Not sure about your Rock Dove, if you catch me up I'll be posting mine!

 

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Peter Connan

Well, 357 is a jolly good showing! And mostly really magnificent images too!

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At least you got some good species in the park after the rather poor birding experience of the trip. Your total of 375 now is not bad at all (beyond me anyway..;)), but I'm looking forward to your reaching the magic 500 next year! You must have some good trips coming up

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Just now, PeterHG said:

At least you got some good species in the park after the rather poor birding experience of the trip. Your total of 375 now is not bad at all (beyond me anyway..;)), but I'm looking forward to your reaching the magic 500 next year! You must have some good trips coming up

@PeterHG   357 Peter, maybe 360 by the end of the year if I'm lucky. I'm thinking in terms of waiting until January to contemplate going out again... too wet, grey and miserable here. There again that's still 2 weeks away.

 

Yes my 500 target is one that needs careful planning. I have two budget trips planned to The Gambia and Goa. It will be local birding at both places, not really sure how many species I'll get within walking distance of the hotels we are staying in, we'll see. I also have a trip to Estonia which again, I'm not sure what I might see that's different to the UK and a trip to South Africa and Namibia but this time in July as opposed to the supposedly peak birding season when we went in January.

500 should be doable though, especially if I can get a decent set of UK images too where I haven't tried very hard this year.

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Great plans! Certain to offer you lots of variety. Gambia has been on my mind for some time and I’ve read good things about Estonia. I’ll be following your reports and photos with great interest!

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michael-ibk

An interesting 2018 for sure! I really enjoyed Estonia for my short stay there and am sure it should be fantastic during migration.

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260)Northern Shoveler

I wasn't going to go out but the sun came out for a short while and I decided to try to better some low light shots of Water Rail I got the other day down at the local reserve. The Rails had disappeared in to the reeds but I got an unexpected bonus!

38513489594_1165509673_b.jpgNorthern Shoveler Anas clypeata by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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3 hours ago, xelas said:

yet you have lowered your count by 100?!

That's probably why the duck's laughing!!

 

Nice capture as well.

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@xelasI thought I'd give the Hare some hope Alex.

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8 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

@xelasI thought I'd give the Hare some hope Alex.

 

I think we are ready for a photo finish :rolleyes:, Dave.

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@xelas I would be happy for a dead heat Alex...but don't want top be beaten!!!!!:lol:

So just to make sure I might go out again!!!!

 

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361) Glaucus Gull

 

@xelas Thought I'd give Alex an incentive to not vegetate on the sofa this week:rolleyes:

This one happens to be just down the road from where we live. An unusual but timely sighting. Hope it hangs around until next week too!

 

39281149392_666bd6a035_b.jpgGlaucous Gull  Larus hyperboreus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Indeed I need this incentive, @Dave Williams. Too much food yesterday, and PL afternoon today restricted me from chasing my #361 ^_^. Nice photo, the gull posed nicely.

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@xelas My son sold our tickets for last nights match while I was out looking for the Glaucous Gull and I cut short my birding trip to set off for Liverpool , had I known we weren't going I could have probably picked up a few more!!

Incidentally, we decided Boxing Day was a family day and we watched the game on TV instead. Good result too!!

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45 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

My son sold our tickets for last nights match

 

I am sending you a PM !

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