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142.G132. Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat  Cossypha niveicapilla                    

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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44.G34. Blue-bellied Roller  Coracias cyanogaster Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018   A

So an early start to 2018, as the 2017 Big Year was such fun. All photos are likely to be taken with a Canon 70D and Canon 100-400ii. Pretty well all of them will be at 400mm!   New Yea

233.UK.56. Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta     Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Although this is only our thi

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And a break from alphabetic order just to compare the two....

143.G133. White-crowned Robin-Chat  Cossypha albicapillus                     

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Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

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Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

 

The "white-crowned" is quite a bit bigger, but the easiest difference is that in the "snowy-crowned", the rufous colour forms a collar around the back of the neck, but no collar in the "White-crowned"

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144.G134. Speckled Pigeon  Columba guinea                      

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Kairaba Hotel  13.01.2018

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145.G135. Splendid Sunbird  Cinnyris coccinigaster             

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

Splendid indeed....

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146.G136. Spur-winged Lapwing  Vanellus spinosus            

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

Very common - I really like them.

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147.G137. Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides            

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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148.G138. Standard-winged Nightjar  Macrodipteryx longipennis                 

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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149.G139. Sulphur-breasted Bush-Shrike  Telophorus sulfureopectus         

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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150.G140. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater  Merops hirundineus    

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Brufut  18.01.2018

 

I thought that the Little Bee-eater was beautiful, but I think that this bird really gives it a run for its money!

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Bee-eaters are all beautiful, and Swallow-tailed is no exception to the rule. You have nailed the focus on those eyes, @TonyQ!

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Dave Williams

Must admit I think the European Bee-eater is my favourite. There's a tortoise and a hare within sight now too!

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Galana

More great photos. Loved em all but I think the pick of the crop are the last image of the Swallowtail and the two Robin Chats. Thank for the explanation too.

Very much a three horse race developing to mix metaphors. Good luck.

This old snail needs a turbo fixing. (but I was always a slow starter.)

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That Sulphur Breasted Bush-Shrike brings back my own memories of bundu bashing like a madman in the Pirang forest trying to call it out and get a picture. Suffice to say you got a much better shot than me. 

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Peter Connan

Magnificent photos, magnificent birds, scary numbers! I stand in awe.

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Galana

So far 139 from eleven days in The Gambia and we have T-Z yet to come.

Inspiring stuff. More please!

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@xelas @Peter Connan Thank you

@Dave Williams I don't think I will be competing withthe Tortoise and the Hare by the end of the year!

@lmSA84 two badly out of focus shots and one postable before it disappeared.

@Galana thank you, but I won't be in the race by the end of the year. I am interested why you make it 139 rather than 140?

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151.G141. Tawny Eagle  Aquila rapax                      

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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152.G142. Tawny-flanked Prinia  Prinia subflava                  

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Brufut  18.01.2018

Not a spectacular bird, but I was pleased with the photos.

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153.G143. Variable Sunbird  Cinnyris venustus                    

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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154.G144.  Verreaux's Eagle Owl  Bubo lacteus                   

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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155.G145. Black-winged Bishop  Euplectes hordeaceus                  

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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156.G146. Village Indigobird  Vidua chalybeata                    

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Kotu     13.01.2018

And they can be aggresive little creatures...

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Are you looking at me? Kotu     13.01.2018

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A flying attack, Kotu     13.01.2018

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157.G147. Village Weaver  Ploceus cucullatus                     

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

The most common of the weavers, with distinctive red eyes

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158.G148. Vinaceous Dove  Streptopelia vinacea                

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

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159.G149. Violet Turaco  Musophaga violacea         

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

We were very excited when we saw the first of these birds. They are not uncommon, but usually they are partially hidden.

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