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79.G69.Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea               

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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80.G70.Grey Kestrel  Falco ardosiaceus                   

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Galana
18 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

This is out of order because our list called it Green-backed and our book called it "Grey-backed".

List is wrong and book is correct.

My book has Green-backed confines to eastern coast of Africa. Kenya to the Cape.Brachyura.

Brevicaudata is more widely spread.

Call it "Bleating Bush Warbler". I do.

Very nice photos.

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Dave Williams

Great stuff and more I didn't see, some of them would be lifers.

Give us a clue why you like the scientific name for the Greater Honeyguide:rolleyes:

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Galana
2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Give us a clue why you like the scientific name for the Greater Honeyguide

Cos he is a closet flasher?

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michael-ibk

More great additions. And again, the two Blue-Bellied species are the showstealers.

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@Galana  thank you (at least for the Bleating Bush Warbler!)

@Dave Williams  Indicator indicator just appeals to me as a name for a guide that shows the way. Indicator minor is a good name as well.

@michael-ibk  thank you. They are both beautiful birds.

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81.G71. Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola                 

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Kotu     16.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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82.G72. Grey Woodpecker  Dendropicos goertae                 

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018 

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

This was the woodpecker we saw most frequently.

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83.G73. Grey-headed Bristlebill  Bleda canicapillus              

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

 

Very dark, deep in the undergrowth - I put in 2 photos to show the front and the back of the bird.

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84.G74. Hamerkop  Scopus umbretta            

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With meal, Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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85.G75. Hooded Vulture  Necrosyrtes monachus                 

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Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

Hooded Vultures are really common, and it is easy to stop looking at them. However they are fascinating birds

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Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

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Adult, Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

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Juvenile, Senegambia Hotel      16.01.2018

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In nest, Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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86.G76. (Eurasian) Hoopoe  Upupa epops                

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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with snack, Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

 

It is always nice to see a Hoopoe, but I didn't realise that the classification was so complicated. In this part of Africa, it is a Eurasian Hoopoe. But you get 2 sub-species in The Gambia. One is resident Upupa epops senegalensis, and the other spends winter there - Upupa epops epops.

The first photo was taken on a walk some distance from the lodge, and could be Upupa epops epops. The second was taken in the lodge car park after a guide rushed over to us to tell us about it - I think it is Upupa epops senegalensis. I admit I am not sure about the first one, but they are the same species so I am not trying to claim 2 points:D

 

 

 

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87.G77. House Sparrow  Passer domesticus indicus            

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Outside Kairaba Hotel 18.01.2018 

A different sub-species to that found in the UK. This is the same as found in India. They think it was introduced.    

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88.G78. Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia                    

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Marakissa        17.01.2018     

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89.G79. Klaas's Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx klaas                       

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018     

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90.G80. Lanner Falcon  Falco biarmicus                   

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Dave Williams
On 13/02/2018 at 5:31 PM, Dave Williams said:

 

Give us a clue why you like the scientific name for the Greater Honeyguide:rolleyes:

 

indicator, indicator........ give us a clue.  never mind!

 

Some great shots and another couple of birds I didn't see too.

 

If you google Hoopoe it seems they are now classed as three different species. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoopoe

You can't keep up with all the name changes!

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I said the Hoopoe is complicated!

I think the map shows Gambia has the Eurasian and Southern Africa has The African. So I might get that when we visit The Cape:)

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elefromoz

@TonyQ, I agree, the Hooded Vulture is fascinating and great photos of them. I'm really enjoying this from both you and @Dave Williams, so much variety

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Galana

Even more great photos.

Hoopoes. The species/sub species/races can only really be told apart in flight when the amount of white on the wings can be seen. There is said to be a small difference in the tips of the crest, seen when raised?

You do have two races there FWIW.

I am with @Dave Williams. Some of these 'splitting experts' would make train spotting difficult. For gawd's sake keep them away from Butterflies.

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@Dave Williams @elefromoz @Galana

Thank you.

As "species" "sub-species" and "races" are just human constructs, a consequence of our desire to name and classify things, I will leave it to the experts:)

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Correction

70.G60. Golden-tailed Woodpecker  Campethera abingoni              

Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

I think is more likely to be a:

 

70.G60 Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

Change of mind due to patch on forehead- spotted in female Golden-tailed,  brownish-black in female Cardinal. (This patch is clearer in this photo). Malar strip (a new one on me!) is much stronger in Golden-tailed than in female cardinal.

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91.G81. Laughing Dove  Streptopelia senegalensis              

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Kairaba Hotel  16.01.2018

Common - and it looks different to all of the others!

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92.G82. Lavender Waxbill  Estrilda caerulescens                 

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Brufut  18.01.2018

 

A very striking little bird.

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