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@PeterHG - I hope you have a fantastic time. I’m looking forward to the photos 

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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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Well, I'm back from the week in Kruger. Too short, of course, but it was great! We saw some 130 bird species, of which quite a number were new for this year. Don't worry, though, I did not manage to get a shot from  each of them so I'm still no threat to the big guns out here ;). It was definitely worth the effort of flying there and back for a week. I'll try and put a little report together in the next days, to put on the self-drive forum. I'm still going through a huge number of photos, but to make a start:

291: Southern White-crowned Shrike, Kruger (south), October.

 

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Welcome back, Peter, glad to hear you had a great time, and looking forward to your new conquests!

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Welcome back and looking forward to seeing the full bag..

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292. Red-billed Hornbill. Kruger (south) October

 

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293. Crested Francolin. Kruger (south), October.

 

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294. Red-billed Oxpecker, using a Kudu as feeding ground. Kruger (south), October.

 

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We saw this beautiful owl already in the Kgalagadi in January, so not counting

Verreaux's Eagle Owl

 

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But not this one, which was a lifer for me.

295. Pearl-spotted Owlet. Kruger (south), October

 

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296. Swainson's Spurfowl. Kruger (south), October. Abundant in the park.

 

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Well done with the lifer. Cute beggars. (Very handy as their call will bring lots of mobbers.)

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Short and sweet. If flight tickets can be found cheap, why not?! 

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@PeterHG - welcome back. I'm looking forward to this update! I'm also now jealous about both your Verreaux's Eagle Owls

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297. White-fronted Bee-eater, Kruger (south), October. 

 

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Lots of raptors, too the the Kruger NP. A few I saw already earlier in the year:

 

Tawny Eagle

 

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Black-winged Kite. Perhaps the most common raptor of our trip

 

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Bateleur

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298. White-crested Helmet Shrike. Kruger (south) October

 

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299. Burchell's Starling. Kruger (south). October. So numerous that I sort of forgot to take more photos..

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300. Yellow-throated Longclaw. Kruger (south). October. The only one of the trip.

 

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Congratulations on reaching 300! Beautiful photos throughout.

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Kruger is a perfect place to reach #300! Congatulations !!

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on another set of great photos, and on reaching 300!

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Galana

Congratulations on the 300 up. The Helmet-Shrike and Black-shouldered Kite do it for me.

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Congratulations, Peter. All great new shots but I love the Helmetshrike most.

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Congratulations! Helmet shrike is the best 

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