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5 birds I didn't see already!

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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 you have a lot that we didn't see:)

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31.G21. Beaudouin's Snake Eagle  Circaetus beaudouini                

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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32.G22. Beautiful Sunbird  Cinnyris pulchellus                      

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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Marakissa        17.01.2018 (I put this in just because I like it!)

 

The Beautiful Sunbird may be unimaginatively named, but it cannot be said to be innacurate. Probably the most frequemtly seen Sunbird.(by us anyway)

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33.G23. Black Crake  Amaurornis flavirostris

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Lamin Rice Fields       14.01.2018  (Dreadful photo against very strong, low sunshine)

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Juvenile, Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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34.G24. Black Heron  Egretta ardesiaca 

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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Showing distinctive orange/yellow feet, Kartong           22.01.2018

 

We didn't see this bird very often, and missed out onits "umbrella" hunting.

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michael-ibk

Very cool to see your Gambian birds, Tony. Beautiful shots. The Bearded Barbet must be one of the coolest-looking birds in the world.

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35.G25. Black-billed Wood Dove  Turtur abyssinicus

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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36.G26. Blackcap  Sylvia atricapilla

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

 

Deep in shade at the Jungle bar. I was surprised to see this familiar bird in The Gambia

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37.G27. Blackcap Babbler  Turdoides reinwardtii 

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On the forest floor, Mandina Lodge           22.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

Our book talks about a cream coloured eye ring, but it looks pale blue to me!

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38.G28. Black-crowned Tchagra  Tchagra senegalus 

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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39.G29. Black-headed Heron   Ardea melanocephala

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Lamin Rice Fields       14.01.2018

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40.G30. Black-necked Weaver  Ploceus nigricollis 

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Kitsafari

That bearded barbet is beautiful and so are the yellow white-eye. 

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Galana
2 hours ago, TonyQ said:

Black-necked Weaver  Ploceus nigricollis 

Er? Shurely a 'Black-necked Weaver' has a black neck or there would not be any point to it. Yours has a black bib or throat and as there is no 'Black-bibbed Weaver' perhaps the fancy Ray Bans are a clue?

 

Some great photos. Keep em coming.

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30 minutes ago, Galana said:

perhaps the fancy Ray Bans are a clue?

 

Like in Ploceus ocularis?

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Thank you @Galana  for looking carefully at the postings.

I have re-checked,and although it is called "Black-necked" it does indeed have a black bib or throat. Both Masked Weavers have a different pattern of black around their eyes, and the in Vitelline the black does not form a bib.

It does match the pictures in "The Birds of Senegal and The Gambia" - it is the West Africa sub-species Ploceus nigricollis brachypterus 

Here is a link to "Birdforum" which also shows pictures of them.

http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Black-necked_Weaver

and Africa Bird Club

https://africanbirdclub.org/afbid/search/birddetails/species/2213/25224

So in this case I still think it is a Black-necked Weaver

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Galana
3 hours ago, TonyQ said:

So in this case I still think it is a Black-necked Weaver

And so it is.

@TonyQ I doff my cap and bow very low in obeisance.

@xelas and I both hinted at Spectacled without me checking the distribution.

In my defence all the Black-necks I have seen were of the Nigricollis in Uganda which have Black necks and Black backs.

Your Brachypterus is olive backed.

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41.G30. Black-rumped Waxbill   Estrilda troglodytes

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

 

A very pretty little bird

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42.G32. Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus caeruleus

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Kartong           22.01.2018

 

A very distant heavy crop EBC - but recognisable I think.

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43.G33. Black-winged Stilt   Himantopus himantopus

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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44.G34. Blue-bellied Roller  Coracias cyanogaster

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

 

A really beautiful bird - the favourite of our guide, Mustapha.

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45.G35. Blue-breasted Kingfisher  Halcyon malimbica   

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

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Hunting - Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

 

Our hotel grounds were very good for birding, and the birds were relatively comfortable with people.

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46.G36. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  Merops persicus  

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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47.G37. Blue-spotted Wood Dove  Turtur afer 

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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