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193. Cape Crow.

 

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286. Eurasian Kingfisher. A grey day, but the colours of three juvenile Kingfishers stood out beautifully.    

For this I thought I had quit ;): I hadn't, but I was not able to go out for quite some time. Fortunately this week I managed a little trip and even got some for my Big Year thread. 285. Common B

389. Great Grey Shrike. I went to try and see the Parrot Crossbill, but did not find them. Instead I got this one.   Well I also got a Nuthatch quite close (not counting) when the light

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194. Pygmy Falcon

 

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195. Spotted Eagle Owl. On a night drive from Twee Rivieren. The last one from the Kgalagadi NP

 

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196. Pied Wagtail. Augrabies NP Feb. Strangely enough the only one we saw on the trip. It didn't want to look at me..

 

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197. Karoo Long-billed Lark. Augrabies NP Feb.

 

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198. Red-eyed Bulbul. Augrabies NP Feb. This is the last one of the Africa collection for 2017. Hopefully more next year....

 

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199. Blackbird. Amersfoort, Feb. Back home and welcomed by the familiar garden birds....

 

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200. And for #200 a fly-by of the Eurasian Jay. The birds here can be colourful, too!

 

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The Jay is beautiful Peter! Great catch.

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201. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Leusden, 4th April. Though they are not all that rare, I seldom see one and this was the first photographic opportunity.

 

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202. Northern Wheatear. Nijkerk April 19

 

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203. Red-crested Pochard. Nijkerk April 20. A pleasant surprise to find one in my favourite birding area.

 

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204. Common Linnet. Nijkerk April 20.

 

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205. Northern Shoveler. Nijkerk April 20.

 

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206. Mallard. Nijkerk April 20. I had seen plenty before, but it's one of those birds one forgets to photograph...

 

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207. Reed Bunting. Nijkerk April 26. Rather common in the reedbeds here

 

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208. Sedge Warbler. Nijkerk April 30. Always the first of the reed warblers to arrive. It is always quite a challenge to try and capture its short display flight.

 

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209. Bluethroat. Zevenhoven, April 30. Also a display flight. I do hope to get a better shot later in the year.

 

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210. Eurasian Spoonbill. Zevenhoven April 30.

 

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Well done on 200 @@PeterHG as a coincidence, I just saw my first jay of the year in the garden, I doubt I'll get a photographic opportunity like yours though....

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Great Kalahari finale, and super shot of the Jay. Also really like the Linnet.

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Congatulations on 200. A superb African collection followed by excellent local birds. The Sedge Warbler is stunning!

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209. Bluethroat. Zevenhoven, April 30. Also a display flight. I do hope to get a better shot later in the year.

 

I doubt a better shot is possible, as this is stunningly difficult to pull off!

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211. Common Tern. Zevenhoven 30th April. The elegance of their flight is always a joy to watch.

 

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212. Mediterranean Gull. Zevenhoven 30th April. They are not common here and I was alerted to their presence by the distinct call, very different from the Black-headed Gull.

 

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