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Galana

Great additions to our growing score.

Some lovely photos. Obviously sunnier where you live than here.

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293) Peregrine Falcon I would have happily swopped my photo haul for being in the canoe until this magnificent specimen came along. Peregrine Falcon   Falco peregrinus by Dave Williams, on F

294) Ring-necked Duck. I wasn't going anywhere on Sunday but sitting in bed with laptop and coffee I read that a rarity had been spotted down at the local reserve. I had to go for it. I decided I

48) Black Heron On a visit a few years ago I found the perfect place to watch the Umbrella Bird in action from a few feet away. I got some terrific views and some great shots  but then lost the l

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It's a totally miserable dark damp day here in North Wales. No point in taking the camera out as it's such poor light.

Still, can't complain too much as last week was a bonus with lots of unexpected sunshine.

So , with the need to maintain some progress...I'm working on a bird a day....here's one from earlier this week. I have a couple in reserve for such occasions .

 

21) Northern Lapwing

27888657469_26eb934f6f_b.jpgNorthern Lapwing   Vanellus vanellus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Peter Connan

Brilliant shot of a beautiful bird!

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Getting those colours out of the Lapwing is master at work! 

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22)  Eurasian Treecreeper

A break in the clouds and I popped out to look for a Common Kingfisher I'd been told about. Saw it but was constantly up and down the stream and I didn't get a shot. This was more than adequate compensation though, a real bogey bird for me and the first photo of one I have got in several years.

27944288479_4192d82569_b.jpgEurasian Treecreeper    Certhia familiaris by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Soukous

@Dave Williams your lapwing is so much nicer than mine. You've really caught the plumage well.

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PeterHG

Love your Treecreeper! I’ve never been able to get a decent shot of it.

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23) Great Cormorant

i was amazed to see this Cormorant walking up a shallow river when I went looking for a Kingfisher this morning. Not something I can ever recall having seen before.

39729703141_293d60a151_b.jpgGreat Cormorant   Phalacrocorax carbo by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Galana
33 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

this Cormorant walking up a shallow river

Blowing too hard to fly!  Birds are not daft! I have not got over the doorstep today either.

Nice Treecreeper by the way. One of my bogies too. But on my target list for 2018.

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24) Common Goldeneye

Down to the local reserve again in search of wintering ducks but some are already looking ahead to Spring despite the bitter cold wind blowing today.

24876823327_e6278ac981_b.jpgGoldeneye   Bucephala clangula by Dave Williams, on Flickr

He was keeping an eye on his betrothed.

27967296439_ba274c3d6f_b.jpgGoldeneye   Bucephala clangula by Dave Williams, on Flickr

and seeing off any others that came anywhere near her. 

24876823597_dd7015c776_b.jpgGoldeneye   Bucephala clangula by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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25)Eurasian Bullfinch

Another species from our local reserve earlier today.

24877080587_669ec3e555_b.jpgEurasian Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula by Dave Williams, on Flickr

The male wasn't as co-operative as the female!

39037389354_54f1608f01_b.jpgEurasian Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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PeterHG

You’ve added some beauties, Dave and your photos do them justice!

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All beauties, @Dave Williams! I am waiting for the weather to improve, and to start the year where I have ended it, before the ducks flies away.

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@xelas   I'm waiting to see how many you got on your SA trip too!! Come on cards on the table Alex.

 

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Galana
45 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

Come on cards on the table Alex.

Don't play poker with him. Count your fingers!!

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Dave, with about 1000 photos per day we must have caught a fish or two ... :ph34r:

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Well I haven't managed a single one today the weather has been so poor

so from my reserve bank taken three days ago in the garden!!

 

No 26) Great Tit

25896455318_6134cc29a3_b.jpgGreat Tit   Parus major by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Another from the depository as it was awful weather again yesterday. Need to top up the bank so I'm off to the airport now, back in a while!

 

No 27) Eurasian Blue Tit

38891224645_3b08de5a55_b.jpgEurasian Blue Tit    Cyanistes caeruleus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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elefromoz

@Dave Williams, you have some very pretty Birds in your 20s, the Great Cormorant is the Thorn amongst the Roses, a very shallow observation though.

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Dave Williams

Time to send out a message to all you pretenders to the 2018 throne.

I'm taking my birding very seriously here in The Gambia

Woodland Kingfisher..... seen lots of them!

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They were pretty common on our trip as well:)

 

Back to your earlier birds, that is a great shot of the tree creeper. They are really difficult to photograph- at least that's what I find!

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Galana

Drink it but don't tick it (yet)!^_^

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Looks like kingfishers in The Gambia comes in small sizes :P!

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