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Galana

As the others. The Malachite stands out IMO.

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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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michael-ibk

Congratulations on reaching #100 already, the Bee-Eater is a very worthy specimen to honour that landmark. Great Malachite and Osprey shots!

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@Dave Williams thank you. I do use back button focus, but it was no good with all of that long grass - just wouldn't focus so had to switch to manual focus (clearly not very accurately :))

@xelas @lmSA84 @Galana @michael-ibk

thank you!

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111.G101. Northern Red Bishop  Euplectes franciscanus                 

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Brufut  18.01.2018

Non-breeding so difficult to identify, unlike some of the spectacular breeding plumage.    

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112.G102. Palm-nut Vulture  Gypohierax angolensis            

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Juvenile, Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Adult, Kartong           22.01.2018

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113.G103. Piapiac  Ptilostomus afer              

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Juvenile, Kairaba Hotel  16.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  14.01.2018

Very common. I think they have very striking eyes.

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114.G104. Pied Crow  Corvus albus              

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  17.01.2018

Again very common, but an interesting bird to watch an quite handsome.

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115.G105. Pied Kingfisher  Ceryle rudis                    

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Kotu     13.01.2018

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Kotu     16.01.2018

Kotu is a great place to watch them hover and dive.

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Success!, Kotu     16.01.2018

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116.G106. Pink-backed Pelican  Pelecanus rufescens                     

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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117.G107. Pin-tailed Whydah  Vidua macroura                     

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Juvenile just developing adult plumage, Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

Another bird that has spectacular (male)plumage in the breeding season, but still quite pretty in the non-breeding plumage.

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118.G108. Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea                 

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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119.G109. Purple Glossy Starling  Lamprotornis purpureus             

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

The colours of glossy starlings are really amazing (in the right light)

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120.G110. Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio madagascariensis  or Porphyrio madagascariensis 

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Kartong           22.01.2018 

Another disputed classification - a species in its own right, or a sub-species? I don't suppose it cares!     

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elefromoz

@TonyQ, the Long-crested Eagle is a beautiful, fearless looking creature, awesome IF photo. 

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Dave Williams

Envious of the Swamphen! Nice images added all round.

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Peter Connan

More beautiful birds, and magnificent photos!

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121.G111. Red-bellied Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone rufiventer

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(M)Pirang Forest15.01.2018

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(F) Brufut  18.01.2018

So I will start this block with a tricky couple of birds. This is "Red-bellied" - it has a "clean" red breast and belly. The males' black head is clearly marked compared to the chest. Tail plumes are quite long. The female has no white on the wings, chest/belly clearly red.

Sounds simple......

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122.G112. African Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone viridis             

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

Black comes down from the head onto the chest. Tail plumes very long. So I think it is the "African".

 

We saw one or the other on a number of days - always deep in branches, very dark, lots of jumping about (by them!)

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123.G113. Red-billed Firefinch  Lagonosticta senegala                    

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Juvenile, Kotu     13.01.2018

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(F) Kotu.    16.01.2018

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(M) Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

Very common, and appear very characterful.

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124.G114. Red-billed Hornbill  Tockus erythrorhynchus                   

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

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(M+F) Kairaba Hotel  13.01.2018

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125.G115. Red-billed Quelea  Quelea quelea

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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126.G116. Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu  Uraeginthus bengalus                      

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(F) Marakissa        17.01.2018

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(M) Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

Very common, but always a pleasure to see them.

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127.G117. Red-chested Swallow  Hirundo lucida                  

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Kairaba Hotel  18.01.2018

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Kartong           22.01.2018

Both pretty distant. Identification/naming is confused by a fairly loose useof the words"chested", "throated" ,"breasted"and "bellied".

I would expect this to be "throated" (no such in The Gambia) but it is indeed "red-chested". Book says "rufous extends into upper breast" and "white underparts"

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128.G118. Red-eyed Dove  Streptopelia semitorquata                     

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Kairaba Hotel  17.01.2018

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