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48.G38. Broad-billed Roller  Eurystomus glaucurus  

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Kairaba Hotel  18.01.2018

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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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49.G39. Bronze Mannikin  Lonchura cucullata

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

Very common, usually seen in groups. These were sitting on the same branch, but not so close.There was a loud noise and they all shuffled up together.

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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50.G40. Brown Babbler  Turdoides plebejus

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Coming for a drink, Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Dave Williams

Really enjoying seeing what I didn't if you know what i mean! 

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Peter Connan

So @TonyQ and @Dave Williams, which one of you are going to put the Blue-bellied Roller on the Supermodels thread?

 

Beautiful photos Tony!

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Galana

Those Blue-bellied Rollers! Worth going to TG just for them.

Another great collection.

The BS Kite is fine. Very distinctive.

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Both BB roller species are lovely looking birds.

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@Geoff @Galana @Peter Connan @Dave Williams  - thank you

 

51.G41. Brown Sunbird (aka Mouse-brown Sunbird)  Anthreptes gabonicus

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

 

Not as colourful as other sunbirds, but beautiful in their own way. They also had the advantage that they could be watched from the restaurant area at the lodge.

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52.G42. Bruce's Green Pigeon  Treron waalia                      

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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53.G43. Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia            

 

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Tanji    18.01.2018

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Tanji    18.01.2018

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54.G44. Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis               

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Kairaba Hotel  14.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  16.01.2018

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55.G45. Collared Sunbird  Hedydipna collaris                       

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

Very small, very distant, heavy crop, but very distinctive colour pattern

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56.G46. Common Bulbul  Pycnonotus barbatus                    

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Kairaba Hotel  14.01.2018

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

 

Seen (and heard) pretty well everywhere

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57.G47. Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia                  

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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58.G48. Common Redshank  Tringa tetanus

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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59.G49. Common Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula                     

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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60.G50. Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos                  

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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Kotu     16.01.2018

 

The 16th was our "day off". We birded around our hotel, had a leisurely lunch and then got a taxi down to Kotu and spent a few hours there. It is a lovely place.

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Correction (checked notes)

Bird  19.G9

The first picture is of the Palm Swift, taken at Abuko.

The second picture is actually a Fanti Saw-wing  . So a repost (and losing alphabetic order...)

 

61.G51. Fanti Saw-wing  Psalidoprocne obscura                  

 

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Near Tanji       18.01.2018

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Dave Williams

Four more species I didn't see here Tony, including the Saw-wing ( are you 100%? on that?) It's weird seeing shot where I can visualise you standing too!

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Galana
23 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

ncluding the Saw-wing ( are you 100%? on that?

I am also a bit puzzled as  Fanti should be glossy black and that bird is anything but.

What made you change your mind?

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Greenshank in #89 is a lovely image & so is the 1st shot of the Common Sandpiper in #92.

 

I've never seen a Common Sandpiper perched like that. Is it unusual?  Though i don't see Common Sandpipers all that often. I would see more in a week at SLNP than at home for a whole year. 

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@Galana @Dave Williams  Thank you for looking carefully.

I changed my mind (the first time:)) as when looking through other photos, I realised I had put the wrong date and location on the second photo. Ilooked through my notes for the real data/location and we had seen the Saw-wing. Looked at the photos and thought Saw-Wing (it was in the right place) . However, looking again, I agree that it is Not a Saw-wing!  So cancel that post.

I do have another (very poor) photo from this time slot and location which I think is probably the Saw-wing - what do you think?

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Dave Williams

The colour is right on this one. I think the only time I have seen any was at Brufut Woods.

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@Geoff

Thank you. The Greenshank was taken from a canoe (guide paddling!) so virtually at water level.

I have never seen a Common Sandpiper perching like that before either.

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Galana

@TonyQ  I think that is good for a Fanti.

 

9 hours ago, Geoff said:

I've never seen a Common Sandpiper perched like that. Is it unusual? 

It is actually quite common when they are being territorial.

Many waders do it although I don't recall it in Africa.

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You will see that the Redshank and Snipe are actually competing for the same stump.

 

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