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Thank you very much @Zim Girl

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Oh well, Peter, that was a massive job for a fantastic result. Myself, I would just post the unedited cropped cuckoo (maybe even the uncropped version) and would enjoy the rest of the time with a cold beer :D!

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Thanks @xelas

 

Actually, it still takes less time than a beer. And in any case, you know I am mad and don't drink beer.

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Tdgraves
6 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Thanks @xelas

 

Actually, it still takes less tine than a beer. And in any case, you know I am mad and don't drink beer.

 

:blink: I thought all South Africans were weaned on beer @Peter Connan ?? ;)

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54 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

 

:blink: I thought all South Africans were weaned on beer @Peter Connan ?? ;)

 

I was, but outgrew it relatively quickly...

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Congratulations of hitting your 250 target, I'm delighted for you. Pride didn't have to take too much of a hit, your attempts at an EBC are pretty poor I'm afraid:)

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Thanks @Dave Williams. Not even the Grebe? I had high hopes for that one...

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30 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

Thanks @Dave Williams. Not even the Grebe? I had high hopes for that one...

 

Not a chance! 

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Well, it seems as if the end was not the end after all. We spent the days between Christmas and New Year's Eve camping at Rugged Glen campsite, which is just outside the Royal Natal National Park.

 

251) Cape Grassbird

 

Grasvoel Sphenoeacus afer

 

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29 December, Royal Natal National Park

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252) African Dusky Flycatcher

 

Donkervlieevanger Muscicapa adusta

 

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27 December, Royal Natal National Park

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253) Cape Batis

 

Kaapse Bosbontrokkie Batis capensis

 

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27 December, Royal Natal National Park

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254) Yellow Bishop

 

Kaapse Flap Euplectes capensis

 

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28 December, Rugged Glen

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255) Plain-backed Pipit

 

Donkerkoester Anthus leucophrys

 

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29 December, just East of Royal Natal National Park

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256) Horus Swift

 

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28 December, Royal Natal National Park

 

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257) Black Saw-wing

 

Swartsaagvlerkswael Psalidoprocne holomelaena

 

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These are great proof that, with fast and agile small birds, the higher the shutter speed you use, the more sharp shots you get. These were taken at 1/4000th. Also, the last one clearly illustrates how much better a BIF shot gets if it has something other than blue sky or (worst of all) clouds behind it.

 

27 December, Royal Natal National Park

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258) Forest Canary

 

Gestreepte Kanarie Serinus scotops

 

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28 December, Royal Natal National Park

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259) Jackal Buzzard

 

Rooiborsjakkalsvoel Buteo rufofuscus

 

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I suspect that what it is eating is a chicken

29 December, In the township just South-East of Royal Natal National Park

 

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260) Amur Falcon

 

Oostelikke Rooipootvalk Falco amurensis

 

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30 December, Rugged Glen

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261) Southern Bald Ibis

 

Kalkoenibis Geronticus calvus

 

We were driving to Little Switzerland, a resort some way South of the reserve as Sonja's wine had run out when I saw this bird sitting on a soccer field just off the road. Unfortunately it flew off just as I turned in. I was still quite excited to see it though as they are pretty scarce and I had never seen one before.

 

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30 December

 

And I suspect this time that really is it!

 

It also brings my grand total for 5 years of Big Year participation to 394.

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Good to see you back with a number of great photos again, @Peter Connan ! Your  flight shots are amazing!

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Thank you very much @PeterHG

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Ahhh, finally ... @Peter Connan your end of year trip produced some good photos, and I am assured also some great moments!

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Thank you @xelas.

 

Just one thing. I know you are allergic to tripods, but you definitely need to bring one on your next trip!

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2 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

Thank you @xelas.

 

Just one thing. I know you are allergic to tripods, but you definitely need to bring one on your next trip!

 

OK ... but do send me more details by mail, please.

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Will do, soon as I have the necessary evidence...

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