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172.G162. Common Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita                     

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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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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173.G163. Northern Puffback  Dryoscopus gambensis                     

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

One very brief view

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174.G164. Bronze-tailed Starling  Lamprotornis chalcurus               

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

Some of the Glossy Starlings are very difficult. This has clear Ear coverts, tail is short and purple (a surprising feature of A Bronze-Tailed Starling!)

Similar looking Lesser Blue-Eared has  blue-green tail.

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175.G165. Greater Blue-eared Starling  Lamprotornis chalybaeus               

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Kairaba Hotel  13.01.2018

Tail a bit longer, clear mask, colours right.

Very difficult to tell difference from Lesser Blue-Eared Starling (song is supposed to be different). I will not be claiming one of each:)

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176.G166. Gull-billed Tern  Sterna nilotica                

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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Back to the Alphabet....

177.G167. White-throated Bee-eater  Merops albicollis                    

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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178.G168. Wire-tailed Swallow  Hirundo smithii                    

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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179.G169. Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola            

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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180.G170. Woodland Kingfisher  Halcyon senegalensis                   

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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michael-ibk

Great shots of the White-Throated Bee-Eater, still a species I´m missing.

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Dave Williams

You just keep on getting different birds to me. The White-throated Bee-eater was the one and only I have seen in TG in about 8 or 9 visits and you get a flock of them!

 

I have a feeling I'm about to get overtaken too!

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4 hours ago, TonyQ said:

Distant, dreadful, but I think identifiable

 Those Big Red Eyes ...

 

You have had an excellent birding days in TG. Congratulations.

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@TonyQ you should join the race; pick your favourite animal to represent you :).

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A couple of mystery (to me anyway:)) birds.

Any help with identification welcome.

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No.1 Marakissa, 17/01.2018  A Harrier of some sort? Doesn't look quite like a Marsh Harrier. Any ideas?

 

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Pirag Forest 15.01.2018

Second photo to try to give an idea of the shape of the head.

In the first photo - bare legs, big "fingers", fairly small had - Possibly a Juvenile Harrier Hawk? What do you think?

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Peter Connan

I think you're right on the second one, but no idea of the first.

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21 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

You just keep on getting different birds to me. The White-throated Bee-eater was the one and only I have seen in TG in about 8 or 9 visits and you get a flock of them!

 

I have a feeling I'm about to get overtaken too!

 

@Dave Williams - I spoke to my guide about the white throated on my one / only TG trip and he thoughtthey were only reliably seen an at Mandina. I only visited Mandina for the boat trip  but when there saw several white throated 

 

@TonyQ - top notch photography as always 

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michael-ibk

Must be Eurasian Marsh Harrier IMO, that wing pattern is very distinctive. And definitely juv. Gymnogene.

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Galana

I agree with @michael-ibk!

I would make so bold as suggesting imm female Eurasian Marsh. The unbarred tail removes the African Marsh from the count although I was sorely tempted by the underwings.

The long dangly legs tell me #2 is a Gynogene.

Nice photos.

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181      G171   Exclamatory Paradise Whydah           Vidua interjecta                      

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Kotu     13.01.2018

Face pattern fairly distinctive, though similarities with others. However it is the only one with pink legs in The Gambia!

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182      G172   Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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183      G173   Yellow-billed Shrike     Corvinella corvina                  

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Taken from our balcony, Kairaba Hotel  13.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  18.01.2018

Very common (not just in our hotel!)

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184      G174   Yellow-billed Stork      Mycteria ibis               

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

Very distant, heavy crop but luckily quite a distinctive bird.

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185      G175   Yellow-breasted Apalis           Apalis flavida              

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Mandina Lodge           22.01.2018

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