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129.G119. Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike  Campephaga phoenicea

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           19.01.2018

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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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130.G120. Rose-ringed Parakeet  Psittacula krameri            

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Dave Williams

Curse that leaf across the African Paradise Flycatcher but it is still one of the best efforts I have seen! They have to be amongst the most exasperating subjects trying to frame one with a tail whilst as you say, flitting around in the undergrowth. 

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The Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike is a belter and one I haven't seen,

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Galana
2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Curse that leaf across the African Paradise Flycatcher but it is still one of the best efforts I have seen!

Even so I think the Red belly speaks volumes. "African" invariably has a black/grey belly. Rufiventris I suggest.

Great photos and yes the Cuckoo-shrike is a belter.

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Dave Williams
1 hour ago, Galana said:

Even so I think the Red belly speaks volumes. "African" invariably has a black/grey belly. Rufiventris I suggest.

Great photos and yes the Cuckoo-shrike is a belter.

 

@GalanaYes you are spot on Fred. I was so annoyed with the leaf ( and I didn't take the shot so I bet Tony is too) that I was distracted by it.

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@lmSA84 thank you

@Galana @Dave Williams  Thank you for detailed comments.

Unfortunately (:)) I think you are right.

Here is the same individual bird a few minutes later. 5a8d85fada39b_AfricanParadise-Flycatcher-3.thumb.jpg.62b5c7199a5d9eb00e36ad9095663e51.jpg

 

Chest is a bit grey, but not enough. There is some hybridisation in the area - so possibly, but I accept it is Rufiventris.

I will post a replacemnt to get the numbers correct, and then continue

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122.G112. Royal Tern  Sterna maxima                     

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(On the right) Tanji    18.01.2018

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131.G121. Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres                   

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

We are more used to seeing this on a Scottish Beach.

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132.G122. Rufous-chested Swallow  Cercropis semirufa      

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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133.G123. Rufous-crowned Roller  Coracias naevius                       

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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Kartong           22.01.2018

This was the only time we saw this roller.

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134.G124. Sacred Ibis  Threskiornis aethiopicus                  

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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Coming into roost, Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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135.G125. Sanderling  Calidris alba              

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Tanji    18.01.2018

Bar-tailed Godwit in the background.

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136.G126. Scarlet-chested Sunbird  Chalcomitra senegalensis                    

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Female, Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

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137.G127. Senegal Coucal  Centropus senegalensis                       

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Kairaba Hotel  16.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  17.01.2018

A common bird, but still very striking.

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138.G128. Senegal Parrot  Poicephalus senegalus              

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

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139.G129. Senegal Thick-knee  Burhinus senegalensis                   

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018

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140.G130. Shikra  Accipiter badius                

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Brufut  18.01.2018

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

A beautiful, elegant looking bird.We spent our final morning at the Kairaba birding at the hotel, and were thrilled to see this bird so closely.

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Galana
7 hours ago, TonyQ said:

I accept it is Rufiventris.

Sorry for the disappointment. It did not get the name rufivent for having a black chest.. You were looking at the wrong end.:D

Yes, there is some hybridisation around.

But you more than made up for your 'loss' with that Shikra and other fine captures..

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Strikingly beautiful birds ... and photos!

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Dave Williams

Cracking Shikra images, love the RC Roller in flight too.

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PeterHG

Another Gambia visitor and another great set of photos to show for it! Enjoyed browsing through them, @TonyQ!

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141.G131. Slender-billed Gull  Larus genei   

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Tanji    18.01.2018

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Tanji    18.01.2018

The "pink flush" is more visible in the flight shot.

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