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430.SA125. Yellow-billed Duck  Anas undulata                     

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Intaka Island    05.11.18

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Intaka Island    05.11.18

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431.SA126. Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis                      

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve      04.11.18

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432.SA127. White-throated Swallow  Hirundo albigularis                  

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Near Ebb and Flow Rest Camp, Wilderness  12.11.18

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Youngster, Stanford          08.11.18

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Feeding frenzy, Stanford          08.11.18346517497_White-throatedSwallow-3.jpg.0e452fbcb1de7a6de97c7f8f2a817bfd.jpg

Stanford          08.11.18

The last few were taken from a hide in Stanford. Key available from tourist office for small deposit.

 

This may be the last of the posts that move my Big Year Score along. I will go through the photos again to see if I have missed any, and will probably add a few more to the South Africa List. So I will see if there is anything else!

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michael-ibk

A great collection from South Africa. Love the swallow series, excellent shots. 

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Peter Connan

Well, if that was the end, it was a great collection of shots to end on, and a huge increase from your previous years. Magnificent!

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TonyQ

@Tdgraves  hopefully we will have this Big Year for you to race ahead

@michael-ibk @Peter Connan thank you. Not quite finished yet...

 

Help please. I have three birds from South Africa (all in the Cape region) that I cannot identify. I hope that some of you might have ideas!

 

Bird A.  Rooi Els

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They look like young birds. But I don't know what they might be.

 

Bird B taken at Intakha Island, Cape Town

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The markings look like a Warbler, but it seems quite stocky - maybe there is a lot of good food!

 

Bird C: taken at Strandfontein, Cape Town

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I have no idea.Orange/brown underneath. speckled on the back, pale end to the outer tail feathers

 

All suggestions welcome:)

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Galana
2 hours ago, TonyQ said:

I hope that some of you might have ideas!

Well I am always up for a go despite RSA not being my patch. Feel free to shoot me down.:(

1. I guess that maybe Levaillant's Cisticola.

2. Consider Thrush Nightingale as my book says they maybe in the Cape.

3. Cape Grassbird? a lot fits but the underside colour does not.

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@TonyQ 

i agree 2 looks like a warbler - ?african Reed warbler 

1 cloud cisticola (I have never seen one)?

3 looks like a pipit, not sure which one though...

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lmSA84

My guess would be 

 

2. African Reed Warbler - the short wings and lack of eye buff are key, plus it’s height of summer

 

3. Plain-backed Pipit - I’m not so confident but the buffy breast and white markings on the wing could be instructive 

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@Galana @Tdgraves @lmSA84 thank you

 

For Bird A I will look at Levaillant's and Cloud Cisticola.

For B - I had never heard of a Thrush Nightingale:) but looking at it , it is a bit out of area according to my book, and the picture in the book looks a bit more speckled. So perhaps is an African Reed Warbler (already seen!)

For C I will have a look at Pipits and in particular the Plain-backed

 

Again thank you for taking the time to help!

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So with much thanks........

 

433.SA128. Cloud Cisticola  Cisticola textrix 

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Rooi Els           06.11.18

 

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434.SA129. Plain-backed Pipit  Anthus leucophrys              

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Strandfontein, Cape Town      04.11.18

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Strandfontein, Cape Town      04.11.18

 

Not quite finished yet......

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A couple of South African birds that were also seen in The Gambia so do not move the total on - but I enjoyed the sightings.

The Leidam Bird Sanctuary is a small pool in Montagu. It was about 5 minutes walk from our accomodation (Klein Nektar - highly recommended!)

 

SA130. African Sacred Ibis  Threskiornis aethiopicus                       

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Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

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With chick, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

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Feeding time, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

The Sacred Ibis  was very common on this trip - we often saw big flocks flying overhead. There were large numbers at Leidam - they roost there and nest there.

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SA131. Western Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis              

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With red eyes, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

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Yellow eyes, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

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On the nest, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

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Chicks waiting for food, Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu        16.11.18

Again common, but it was great to see so many roosting and nesting. The first time I have seen their chicks.

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435.SA132. African Pipit  Anthus cinnamomeus                   

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Potberg, Near De Hoop10.11.18

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436.SA133. Little Stint  Calidris minuta                      

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Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town     04.11.18  

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De Hoop          11.11.18

Somehow missed these when I first went through the photos!

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SA134. Pin-tailed Whydah      Vidua macroura                      

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Mosaic Private Sanctuary   06.11.18 

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Klein Cheese Farm 08.11.18

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Babylonstoren Gardens  17.11.18

We saw this bird in The Gambia, but it was not in breeding plumage. It is a spectacluar sight when it it does have this long tail!

We saw many more birds in South Africa which I have not posted. They were seen in The Gambia and/or UK, and I rushed to post as many as possble before Christmas. The total number of species photographed in South Africa was 165.

 

So that wraps up the Big Year 2018.

A lot of fun. A new highest total (436 compared to 240 in 2016, and 228 in 2017).Going to The Gambia and South Africa obviously helped a lot!

I like to keep a UK list each year as well. In 2016 it was 140, 2017 was 164 and 2018 was 152.

We saw lots of great birds - many of them new to us.

My favourite sighting however was probably 25 mins drive from home

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When we saw a Tawny Owl and two babies in daylight

 

Thank you everyone for help, support, encouragement and friendship. I look forward to seeing you all in Big Year 2019.

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PeterHG

A great score, @TonyQ, both for the grand total and for the UK list! Thanks for sharing all these with us and I do agree your favourite of the year is a very special one!

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lmSA84

Congrats on a fantastic year! 152 for the UK I think is an excellent score. Got to agree that the Tawny Owl is the star

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Tdgraves

Well done @TonyQ if only we’ found strandfontein and I would have beaten you....maybe next year!

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Zim Girl

Great Big Year and great score to finish on @TonyQ.  Interesting to see your UK numbers which are all pretty impressive.

 

The Tawny chick is adorable.

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Galana

Another vote for the Tawny chick. A cuteness factor of 100.

 

Congratulations on a first rate year with good scores at home and abroad.

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michael-ibk

Congratulations on your best ever year Tony, a joy to follow as always.

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Dave Williams

Smashed the previous years Tony. Well done indeed and some great photos.

PS Thanks for "liking" my Thrush Nightingale earlier this year:rolleyes: I think a Reed Warbler looked more likely to me but I don't know a lot, especially LBJs

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