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408.SA98. Southern Masked-Weaver  Ploceus velatus                    

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

We enjoyed watching this male carrying out the weaving - it really is amazing what they do and what they create

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Intaka Island    05.11.18

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Intaka Island    05.11.18

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Intaka Island    05.11.18

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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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409.SA99. Southern Pochard  Netta erythrophthalma                       

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(F) Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

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(M) Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

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And a great bird for South Africa number 100

 

410.SA100. Southern Red Bishop  Euplectes orix                

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(F) Intaka Island    05.11.18

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(M) Intaka Island    05.11.18

We were lucky to be here when they were in their stunning breeding plumage. There were lots at Intaka, though often partially hidden in reeds. When we were on the gravel road heading to De Hoop, there were flocks of them by the side of the road, on the ground and on the fences - but as soon as we stopped the car they disappeared.

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Dave Williams

Well done on the 400 Tony, the Turacos are certainly special birds, very photogenic and a great milestone posting!

I look at your SA shots and wonder what might have been for me but hey ho, however right now it's Ho,Ho! Merry Christmas, bring on next year!

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Thank you @Dave Williams I am sure that you will get lots of birds on your South Africa trip next year - and in many trips in subsequent years!

 

411.SA101. Speckled Mousebird  Colius striatus                  

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Harold Porter Botanical Garden          06.11.18

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Harold Porter Botanical Garden          06.11.18

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Taking a dust bath just outside out cottage, De Hoop          08.11.18

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412.SA102. Southern Double-collared Sunbird  Cinnyris chalybeus 

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(F) Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens         02.11.18

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(M) Ebb and Flow Rest Camp, Wilderness           12.11.18

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(M) Ebb and Flow Rest Camp, Wilderness           12.11.18

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413.SA103. Greater Double-collared Sunbird  Cinnyris afer             

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(F) Emily Moon grounds   14.11.18

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(F) Emily Moon grounds   14.11.18

The red stripe is much broader on this species than on the previous one

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414.SA104. Spotted Thick-knee  Geokichla guttata              

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18

I really like Thick-knees. This was the day we had a guide, and he knew where these were to be found.

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415.SA105. Spur-winged Goose  Plectropterus gambensis    

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18

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416.SA106. Streaky-headed Seed-eater  Crithagra gularis               

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Mosaic Private Sanctuary       08.11.18

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417.SA107. Swee Waxbill  Coccopygia melanotis                

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(M) Constantia Greenbelts            04.11.18

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(F) Babylonstoren Gardens          17.11.18

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(F) Babylonstoren Gardens          17.11.18

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418.SA108 Swift Tern  Thalasseus bergii                  

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Boulders Beach           04.11.18

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419.SA109. Three-banded Plover  Charadrius tricollaris                   

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De Hoop          10.11.18

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420.SA110. Water Thick-knee  Burhinus vermiculatus 

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18

This second species of Thick-knee was about 50m away from the first species.

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Kitsafari

@TonyQ it's 3am over here and i couldn't sleep so caught up with your BY in one go.  Congrats on hitting the 400th and with such a lovely bird. I've yet to see a turaco in the wild but they sure look stunning. As always,  a collection of top shots from you!

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@Kitsafari thank you

Here are a few already posted from UK or The Gambia so do not move the main list forward.

 

SA111. Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola                 

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De Hoop          10.11.18

           

SA112. Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis                 

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18

           

SA113. Hamerkop   Scopus umbretta            

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De Hoop          09.11.18

           

SA114. Namaqua Dove  Oena capensis                   

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Mosaic Private Sanctuary       07.11.18

           

SA115. Yellow-billed Kite  Milvus (aegyptius) parasitus                    

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Eating while in flight, Constantia Greenbelts            04.11.18

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve  04.11.18

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve  04.11.18

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421.SA116. Steppe Buzzard  Buteo vulpinus            

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Constantia Greenbelts            04.11.18

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422.SA117. Whiskered Tern   Numenius phaeopus              

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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423.SA118. White-backed Mousebird  Colius colius             

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

The thrird ot the Mousebirds, the only time we saw this species.

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424.SA119. White-breasted Cormorant  Phalacrocorax lucidus                    

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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425.SA120. White-necked Raven  Corvus albicollis              

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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De Hoop          10.11.18

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426.SA121. White-rumped Swift  Apus caffer            

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De Hoop          11.11.18

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De Hoop          11.11.18

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427.SA122. White-throated Canary  Crithagra albagrularis               

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De Hoop          10.11.18

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428.SA123. Yellow Bishop  Euplectes capensis                    

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

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429.SA124. Yellow Canary  Crithagra flaviventris                 

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Near De Hoop 10.11.18

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De Hoop          09.11.18

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