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215 ) Black-backed Puffback

 

Sneeubal Dryoscopus cubla

 

I remember saying to @Tdgraves fairly early in the year that I had not seen one of these, then just a month or so later I got one in Botswana, but didn't manage a half-decent photo, but now here it is.

 

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22 September, Nelspruit.

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Thank you very much @Tdgraves and @Galana.

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Thank you very much @TonyQ

 

216) Speckled Mousebird

 

Gevlekte Muisvoel Colius striatus

 

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22 September, Nelspruit.

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217) White-rumped Swift

 

Witkruiswindswael Apus caffer

 

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Crocodile Bridge, Kruger National Park, 23 September

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218) Golden Weaver

 

Goudwewer Ploceus xanthops

 

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22 September, Nelspruit

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219) Spectacled Weaver

 

Brilwewer Ploceus ocularis

 

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This second shot was at ISO7200, sorry about the noise...

 

24 September, Nelspruit

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Noise?! What noise??

 

Both Weavers are spectacular, @Peter Connan! Really like the spectacled part of them, the eye shines, even the noise.

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Thank you @xelas. I do think the Spectacled is the prettiest South African Weaver.

 

In terms of the noise, the D500 did surprise me pleasantly this time, but the fact that I could get close enough and thus didn't have to crop too much definitely helped!

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220) Greater Double-collared Sunbird

 

Groot-rooibandsuikerbekkie Cinnyris afra

 

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22& 24 September, Nelspruit

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PeterHG

What a beautiful bird and terrific shots, especially the last one!

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Thank you very much @PeterHG.

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Amazing! I have only seen those hints of yellow feathers with a binoculars, never on the photo.

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Thanks @xelas. Apparently they are only really visible on a bird in breeding condition.

 

221) Scarlet-chested Sunbird

 

Rooiborssuikerbekkie Chalcomitra senegalensis

 

The female was quite accommodating:

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But the male made life difficult...

 

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22-24 September, Nelspruit.

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222) Purple-crested Turaco

 

Bloukuifloerie Musophaga porphyreolopha

 

The national bird of Swaziland, these birds are skulkers. Often heard and less frequently seen in my friend's garden, they tend to crawl around inside the densest vegetation.

While I was there, there was a mulberry tree fruiting, and lots of birds were making use of it. I had found these guys in there, but no real photos. Then one afternoon,  this chap landed in a bare tree 100m away, and called. I took up position, hoping he was on his way to the Mulberry Restaurant. And he was!

 

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22 September, Nelspruit

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Tdgraves

Great skulker in flight shot!

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michael-ibk

What a bird, and what a shot. Bravo Peter!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @michael-ibk.

 

223) White-crowned Lapwing

 

Witkopkiewiet Vanellus albiceps

 

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In two of these shots, the spurs on the wing are clearly visible. They are used in territorial disputes and presumably sometimes to fight off predators.

 

Sabie river, 23 September

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224)African Cuckoo-hawk

 

Koekoekvalk Aviceda cuculoides

 

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One single sighting high up in the sky...

25 September, Nelspruit.

 

And with that, we once again temporarily grind to a halt...

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4 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

224)African Cuckoo-hawk

 

Koekoekvalk Aviceda cuculoides

 

CuckooHawkODP.jpg.1cb2545dcf7531965c0b959afdc93850.jpgAnd with that, we once again temporarily grind to a halt...

 

 

At least you are optimistic it's only a temporary glitch!

Terrific Turaco flight shot but the lapping Lapwing wins it for me! Belter.

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