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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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Well @@Dave Williams, good to see you joined the Big Year 2017! A lot of really good shots already and now you're moving to Namibia, so undoubtedly more to come. I've just returned from a trip to South Africa and a little bit of Namibia, so it's good to feel some of the warmth over there through your photos. Keep them coming, please, with your interesting extra tidbits of info on the bird or the shooting. Are you going to do a blog on Nambia?

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@@PeterHG Thanks for the comment. Yes, I will write a blog about my visit to Namibia but I only got home 48 hours ago with a mountain of things to do! Nearly all the birds I saw were 'lifers' so I know little of them but where appropriate I'll add a comment or two. For the fun of the game I might be adding some poorer shots too, unlike being at home I won't get a second chance, well not this year anyway.

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22) From the back garden this evening, a Sparrowhawk. Fairly common garden visitors as bird feeders are so popular in the UK.

33218910301_058309aa8e_b.jpgSparrowhawk Accipiter Nisus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Great shot af that Sparrowhawk ( yes, I am brushing up my Latin, before starting with my own Big Year;)) from your garden, @@Dave Willams! And that with a shutter speed of 1/13th!

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Great shot af that Sparrowhawk ( yes, I am brushing up my Latin, before starting with my own Big Year;)) from your garden, @@Dave Willams! And that with a shutter speed of 1/13th!

 

The light was fading fast so in order to keep the ISO and the consequent noise levels down I opted for a ridiculously silly shutter speed for wildlife. I wedged the lens against the window frame ( this is our bathroom again!) and took a lot of shots. Some were hopeless as the bird was looking from side to side following the birds tweets however, sometimes the bird was so intent on looking it was perfectly motionless!

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Time to catch up on some Namibian species, I'll be interested to see what the final number ends up!

23)Bearded Woodpecker Erongo

33280266525_245c86b421_b.jpgBearded Woodpecker Dendropicos Namaquus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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