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@TonyQ I am getting worried about my score, you are approaching fast and are only up to C....

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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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Great shots - I particularly like the Cape Canary. Add me to the list of admirers for the Batis and well done to MrsQ - I had totally missed that you can see the chick.

 

What did you think of Intaka Island? 

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Peter Connan

The Batis is a magnificent shot, but a Blue Crane chick! I do realize that they must exist, but I have never seen one or even a picture of one before!

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@Tdgraves  we will have to see.........

@Peter Connan Thank you. Lucky timing I suppose - quite a lot of birds had youngsters, but we were excited to see Crane Chicks

@lmSA84  Thank you.

Intaka Island. We really enjoyed it. We spent a few hours there. I haven't checked every bird yet, but I think that pretty well every bird we saw there we saw in other places as well. But it was very good for photographing birds as you were often fairly close to birds, and many of them were relatively unscared of people. I think I will have a few photos posted taken here.

 

There are also two hides which are good places to sit, relax and watch birds. One is supposed to be good for Malachite Kingfisher  - we didn't see one here but did enjoy watching Pied Kingfishers. It was relatively quiet (people) when we went though there was one school group using the education facilities and being shown some of the birds.

 

We were glad that we went, but for listers I am sure there are better places to visit.

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@lmSA84 sorry for double post, for some reason your tag will not delete.

 

355.SA41. Cape Spurfowl  Pternistis capensis                      

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens         02.11.18

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De Hoop          08.11.18

On our first evening at De Hoop we were sitting outside our cottage with a cup of tea and the mother(?) brought some chicks right up almost to our feet

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356.SA42. Cape Sugarbird  Promerops cafer            

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens         02.11.18

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens         02.11.18

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357.SA43. Cape Teal  Anas capensis           

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18

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Rietvlei Sewage Works nr Plettenberg           13.11.18

When we have talked about our holiday to "normal" people we haven't mentioned the joys of visiting Sewage Works :)

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358.SA44. Cape Turtle-Dove  Streptopelia capicola             

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De Hoop          10.11.18

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359.SA45. Cape Vulture  Gyps coprotheres              

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Potberg, Near De Hoop          10.11.18

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Potberg, Near De Hoop          10.11.18

 

IUCN now classifies this as Endangered, but this area farmers are working with conservationists to protect them.

These photos are taken from the top of a hill at Potberg, so that you are much closer to their flight level. At the start we took the wrong trail, but then found the right one. The hill was steep, and it was getting hotter. I found it hard going and the Vultures certainly had their eye on me as I headed towards the top. (Younger fitter people would find it straightforward I would think!). It is worth the climb.

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360.SA46. Cape Wagtail  Motacilla capensis            

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Global Village near Plettenberg          13.11.18

Very common, very confiding

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361.SA47. Cape Weaver  Ploceus capensis             

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Near De Hoop 08.11.18

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   Feeding a youngster, Potberg, Near De Hoop          10.11.18

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Down to Earth Restaurant near Emily Moon   14.11.18

The nests are amazing constructions, and I love watching them weave

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362.SA48. Cape White-eye  Zosterops virens                       

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Intaka Island, Cape Town       05.11.18

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Global Village near Plettenberg          13.11.18

So the last of those beginning with "Cape..."

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Tdgraves

At least you made it to the sewage works @TonyQ we got hopelessly lost and had to give up...

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michael-ibk

Jealous about the Cape Vulture, the one African Vulture I´m still missing. Cool shots.

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1 hour ago, michael-ibk said:

Jealous about the Cape Vulture,

Me too, but it was our fault as we have balked out of hiking that steep hill. Now I can see what we have missed. A beauty, @TonyQ !

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PeterHG

Many great additions again, @TonyQ! I'm really glad we still get to see these. That was quite a catch for the Rock Thrush! I see what you mean about not mentioning the Sewage Works. Somehow, to others, this does not sound like the perfect holiday destination. For "us, birders", though, it's a very different story!

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@xelas - I found the hill tough!

@PeterHG thank you

 

363.SA49. Capped Wheatear  Oenanthe pileata                   

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Roadside Pylon, Near De Hoop 08.11.18

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De Hoop          11.11.18

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364.SA50. Common Ostrich   Struthio camelus                    

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(F) De Hoop          08.11.18

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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Babies of different sizes, De Hoop          09.11.18

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(M) De Hoop          09.11.18

I put a few in for South Africa No.50

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365.SA51. Common Fiscal (Southern Fiscal)  Lanius collaris               

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Klein Nektar Grounds, Montagu          16.11.18

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(youngster) Klein Nektar Grounds, Montagu          16.11.18

Klein Nektar was our wonderful accomodation in Montagu. These two photos were taken just outside our room the youngster was waiting to be fed by the adult, and it was fed a few times as we watched.

 

I was interested why they were called "Fiscal" (a financial term in English). I saw a story that it is from the Dutch "Fiskal" and relates to tax collectors who wore Black and White and came round at the end of the financial year (Fiskal) and had similar habits to the bird of draining  victims of blood and hanging them out to dry! (No idea if there is any truth on the story)

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366.SA52. Common Waxbill  Estrilda astrild             

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Emily Moon grounds   14.11.18

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367.SA53. Crowned Cormorant  Phalacrocorax coronatus               

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Near Boulders Beach  04.11.18

Distant heavy crop!

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368.SA54. Crowned Lapwing  Vanellus coronatus                

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De Hoop          08.11.18

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369.SA55. Fiscal Flycatcher  Sigelus silens  

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Ebb and Flow Rest Camp, Wilderness           12.11.18  

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve     04.11.18

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