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Peter Connan

Funny, my brother is the best Pearl Spotted mimic in history, and we have never noticed them coming to his call, or him being mobbed by any of the above. Although, he used to call only at night...

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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

Galana
3 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Although, he used to call only at night...

They probably came but you just could not see them in the dark.:lol:

Next time do it in daylight. The photography is better for a start.

We had to stop on occasion as the mobbers were in need of trauma counselling.

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On 12/5/2017 at 3:59 PM, Galana said:

Happy to help where I can. Sorry I missed it when posted and only picked it up on your Kruger report.

You will get a Pearl spotted next time. They come when whistled. fwee-Fwee-FWEE rising in pitch and volume. the bonus is that while calling and waiting for him/her to arrive you will get mobbed by every Apalis, Sunbird, Batis and Warbler so keep that camera handy.

 Thanks for the tip, @Galana. I'll certainly give that a try next time.

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Nothing new in this post, but  a few doubles just because the snowy conditions make for a different kind of photo. With the snow of the meadows acting like a giant reflection screen the flying birds get more light under the wings than usually and I do like the effect.

Greylag Geese

 

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A juvenile Black-headed Gull

 

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And a great Egret. The lighting makes it look almost transparent against the misty skies. As the sun had gone by then, some blue appeared in the whites. I converted it to B&W, except for the colours of the bill

 

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Very atmospheric photos, @PeterHG. Nice Great Egret ... which is a black@white bird even in colours :D.

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333. Burchell's Coucal. Kruger NP, November. One I had forgotten to post. I noticed the links to quite a few photos I previously posted in this thread no longer seem to work. The photos have also mysteriously disappeared from my online Smugmug collection. I'm sorry about that, but since the posts are too old I can't edit them to put that right...

 

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334. Greylag Goose, Arkemheen, Netherlands Dec 2017. Our most common goose, but not yet included in the count... I posted these three before in the little snow photo set.

 

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335. Greater White-fronted Goose. Arkemheen, Netherlands, Dec 2017. They have now arrived in large numbers.

 

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Love the Greylags! 

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Ok, time to do a final check and clean-up. When going through my Big Year spreadsheet and comparing this to my sightings list, I noticed I had skipped several species. Partly because they were so common that I had ignored all photo opportunities (e.g. Wood Pigeon ;)), partly because I had forgotten to include their photo. Time to rectify this, although it will not get me anywhere near the dazzling totals of @michael-ibk or @Galana, but it will at least set me a harder goal for 2018. Otherwise I couldn't justify the extra trips I'll have to plan...:P

Ok, the first one I forgot to include was from the last Kruger trip:

336. Arrow-marked Babbler, Kruger NP, November

 

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337. Great Cormorant. Arkemheen, October.  

 

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338. Great Black-backed Gull

 

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339. Common Shelduck. Texel, June.

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340. European Golden Plover

 

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341. Garganey. Arkemheen, April.

 

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342. Tufted Duck. Arkemheen, March

 

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343. Whinchat, Flevoland, May. The only one I saw this year

 

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344. Canada Goose. Amersfoort, May

 

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345. House Martin, Arkemheen, May. 

 

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346. Sand Marti., Arkemheen, May

 

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347. Smew.  Arkemheen, January. A long way off.  I might get the change for a better shot before the year is over, but I haven't spotted any yet.

 

 

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Breathing down @Tdgraves , @xelasand my neck! Excellent shots. I think I am going to have to plan my attack better next year!

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Well that looks rather close to 350, but I doubt whether I'l get three more. Of course the Wood Pigeon is doable, so I'll try for that one, but I can't really see any other likely targets. I'm quite happy with the total number anyway. I saw 483 species this year, which for me is an all-time record. Trips to SA and the Kgalagadi, Hungary, Austria and the recent Kruger outing have given me lots of pleasure and satisfaction. Having photographed 347  is a good result for me and I've enjoyed taking them. Even the EBCs....I've also enjoyed just looking at them :D

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5 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Breathing down @Tdgraves , @xelasand my neck! Excellent shots. I think I am going to have to plan my attack better next year!

 

Apologies to @lmSA84 who has already clocked up 351. Looks like the Bronze Medal is being tightly contested. It's a matter of pride that the tortoise beats the hare and hangs on to that lead of just 1!!!

 

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Well the year is not over yet... I went out today in search of a Long-tailed Duck that was reported not too far away. I didn't get to see it, but I did spot another addition for this year. And not a bad one either; it's been some time since I last saw this Grebe.

348. Slavonian Grebe.  Utrecht, Netherlands, December 29

 

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1 hour ago, PeterHG said:

Well the year is not over yet...

Micheal Schumacher won so many titles because he never stopped racing until passed the finish line.

Keep them coming. There are still 56 hours to go!

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Lovely Grebe shot Peter. Hope you get 2 more for the 350....... but that will do!!

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lmSA84

@PeterHG - congratulations on a fantastic BY. Your photograph of the Common Kingfisher is for me the best posted all year 

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Thanks @lmSA84 ! It’s always such a special bird to see. Let’s hope there will be another opportunity i  2018!

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