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65. Blue Crane. Malgas 1st Feb. Graceful birds and the male was putting on a great show for the female.

 

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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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66. Jackal Buzzard. Malgas 1st Feb.

 

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67. Cardinal Woodpecker. Malgas 1st Feb.

 

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68. Lesser Honeyguide. Malgas 1st Feb

 

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69. Agulhas Long-billed Lark. Malgas 1st Feb

 

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70. African Fish eagle. Malaga 1st Feb

 

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The following batch is from a visit to De Hoop NP on 2nd February:

 

71. African Stonechat

 

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72. Denham's Bustard

 

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73. Cape Grassbird

 

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74. Water Thick-knee

 

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75. Hamerkop

 

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76. Black Harrier

 

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77. Red-winged Starling

 

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78. White Stork

 

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On the 4th of February I went on a pelagic trip from Simon's Town. It was touch and go whether the trip would be on, but in the end the winds had just calmed enough for a positive decision. A rough sea and consequently a challenge for photography, but very rewarding. Definitely one of the highlights of the whole SA trip. 13 lifers.....

 

79. Subantarctic Skua

 

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80. Shy Albatross. My first albatross ever and what an experience...

 

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81. Black-browed Albatross (imm)

 

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82. Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

 

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83. Spectacled Petrel. The rarest of the sightings that day

 

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84. Sabine's Gull

 

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85. Cory's Shearwater

 

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86. White-chinned Petrel

 

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87. Cape Gannet

 

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88. Swift Tern

 

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89. Bank Cormorant

 

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