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213) Jungle Babbler

I was a bit confused when I looked at my bird guide book as the colour is too dark for Jungle Babbler

39924898235_3227282709_b.jpgJungle Babbler  Turdoides striata by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Not only that but the bill looks too short too.

39924898705_6108260481_b.jpgJungle Babbler  Turdoides striata by Dave Williams, on Flickr

However, I began to realise that there was a water source close by which was out of view and hidden by a high wall behind which was a military exercise zone (and strictly off limits!) so perhaps the feathers were still damp.

40110798784_22a66ed386_b.jpgJungle Babbler  Turdoides striata by Dave Williams, on Flickr

These look a  more likely colour for the species and the noise they make is certainly as described in the book.

40110798584_91e4b10f13_b.jpgJungle Babbler  Turdoides striata by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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214) Blythe's Reed Warbler

I'm not 100% on the ID here, could be a Clamorous Warbler as it was in the right sort of location and looked big! @Galana you can tell me I'm sure.

40111293314_6557864972_b.jpgBlyth's Reed Warbler · Acrocephalus dumetorum by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Galana
3 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

@Galana you can tell me I'm sure.

It's no good relying on me mate. India is a place I go to for Grey Ghosts and Shere Khan and I am not the sort to stare at lbjs when the talk is of Snow Leopards or Tigers.

But FWIW I like the look of the Blythe's RW. I am still wondering on your "Flycatcher"!   Pored through my book again with limited results. Even considered Whitethoat type Sylvia. It has the hint of a prinia but for the lack of red eye.

 

2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

I can't count this one as it's not in the book.... a Pheonix!

Pour quoi? It's in mine.

 

The list is coming along nicely.

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@GalanaOff to Liverpool for the match later, might snap a Liver Bird too!

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217) European Golden Oriole

 

There was a pair local to our hotel and eventually I got a snap of both.

40827449351_c3e182669b_b.jpgEurasian Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Often seen flying but getting a photo is not easy.

40827449841_50e91b896b_b.jpgEurasian Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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220) White-cheeked Barbet

This Barbet seemed to enjoy belting out it's distinctive call from the very top of a big flowering Palasa tree. The Palasa is also called "Flame of the Forest" as it drops all it's leaves when in flower ( making photography easier) and the flowers seem to attract several species of bird who presumably are after the nectar eating insects.

40787764982_5b0dd92bb3_b.jpgWhite-cheeked Barbet   Megalaima viridis by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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221)Gull-billed Tern

A stunning stretch of sand on the local beach was virtually deserted of people during the week but the one time I found a mixed roost of Gulls and Terns I hadn't got my 500mm lens so the shots were mainly distant.40127530254_bfa6199832_b.jpgGull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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222) Lesser Crested Tern

Amongst the  Gull-billed and Sandwich Terns I spotted one single Lesser Crested.

40836228871_9b38f2dac7_b.jpgLesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis by Dave Williams, on Flickr

There might be other species in there too, possible Common and Little Terns, but I can't readily spot them if there are.

 25964734057_5cb762e290_b.jpgLesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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223) Brown-headed Gull

The majority of birds were Brown-headed Gulls with a few Slender-billed too.

25964736367_6f55e0af7d_b.jpgBrown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Having counted the Slender-billed Gull and Sandwich Tern in The Gambia, the overall count was a slightly disappointing three additions.

40127527614_4d64aa8ce7_b.jpgBrown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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xelas

Progressing nicely, @Dave Williams! With that pace you really do not need any ebc ;)!

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Soukous

I hope my trip to India proves as fruitful as yours Mr Williams

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@Soukous Where are you visiting ? To be honest it was hard work birding where I was, the birds not very confiding, the tree canopy usually dense and on open ground I had no cover. I read a trip report about the same area in November/December and it's amazing what a difference a few months can make.The rice crop collected, the fields dried out, there were far less birds about when I went.

 

@xelas  EBC when I don't think I'll get a second chance! I have nothing booked other than in the UK after July.

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224) Indian Cormorant

Both the Indian and Little Cormorant are very similar and often seen together, I am reasonably sure I have separated them correctly here but open to a challenge.

26970976348_96345b4dc2_b.jpgIndian Cormorant   Phalacrocorax fuscicollis by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Was the match cancelled? Dang. I was really hoping for a Liverbird.

Coming along and for somebody who was not at all hopeful of Goa you ain't done badly.

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@Galana I'm afraid I'm still not with it yet! When I said I was off to the match it was about 5.30 am and I thought it was Saturday which i have now discovered is not until tomorrow!! 

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227) Indian Pond Heron

A quick first impression and i thought " Cinnamon Bittern!" The euphoria lasted all of about 3 seconds and realisation dawned.40841873581_a269267d4e_b.jpgIndian Pond Heron    Ardeola grayii by Dave Williams, on Flickr

That coloured stripe had me hoping for a lifer. Never mind.The minute it turned sideways the dream was over!

 

40841872951_348f7a1922_b.jpgIndian Pond Heron    Ardeola grayii by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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5 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

I thought it was Saturday which i have now discovered is not until tomorrow!! 

It's a tough old life innit when the days don't flow in the right order!!

In the old days we at least had church bells to tell us when Sunday was!

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But then the Heron posed so nicely :). What a bummer for Reds, City is the last team I was hoping for :(:angry: ... 

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