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40) Helmeted Guineafowl

 

Gewone Tarentaal Numida meleagris

 

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To any visitor to Africa, these probably need no introdution. Their strange shape when on the ground is actually just the way they hold their wings.

 

1 & 2 January, Pilanesbrg

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Time to gt this ball rolling.   To be honest, I haven't really decided what form this thread is going to take. Again, I don't expect to be competing for top honours on the count alone, and t

8) Whiskered Tern   Witbaardsterretjie Chlidonias hybridus   1 January, Mankwe dam, Pilanesberg   The following two were taken late last year at Ma

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41) Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

 

Klipstreepkoppie Emberiza tahapisi

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

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42) Golden-breasted Bunting

 

Rooirugstreepkoppie Emberiza flaviventris

 

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2 January, Pilanesberg

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43) Sabota Lark

 

Sabotalewerik Mirafra sabota

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

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44) Rufous-naped Lark

 

Rooineklewerik Mirafra africana

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

 

All these birds from the Guineafowl onward were spotted in or near the denser areas along the dry river beds at the inflow of Mankwe dam.

 

Most birds are to some extent dependent on water, and tend to congregate near water sources, or at the very least the lusher vegetation in the rivirine areas.

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45) Red-backed Shrike

 

Rooiruglaksman Lanius collurio

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

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46) Magpie Shrike

 

Langstertlaksman Corvinella melanoleuca

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

 

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14 February, Timbavati

 

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17 February, Timbavati

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47) Common Myna

 

Indiese Spreeu Acridotheres tristis

 

This is an introduced species and a real pest. Their range is increasing rapidly as they are very adaptable and intelligent (I suspect a lot of animals say that about us humans).

 

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2 January, Pilanesberg

 

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11 January, Kempton Park

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48) Marico Flycatcher

 

Maricovlieevanger Bradornis mariquensis

 

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1 January, Pilanesberg

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7 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

47) Common Myna

   

This is an introduced species and a real pest. Their range is increasing rapidly as they are very adaptable and intelligent (I suspect a lot of animals say that about us humans).

 

 

I am not sure they would see us as intelligent.......

 

Lovely photos!

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Thanks @TonyQ, you probably have a point there.

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Beautiful shots again, @Peter Connan! I love those close-up photos of the Glossy Ibis, both portrait and feathers!

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Thank you very much @PeterHG

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48) Chinspot Batis

 

Witliesbontrokkie Batis molitor

 

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Always keep your eye open around camp or in picnic spots!

 

These were taken at a picnic spot in Pilanesberg on the 1st of January

 

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And these were taken just outside camp at Joubertshoop, Timbavati, on th 15th of February

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49) Diederick Cuckoo

 

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Chrysococcyx caprius

 

This is a bird which is often heard (during summer, as they are migrants) but seldom seen. They are brood parasites of a relatively vile nature, destroying at least one of the host's eggs and replacing it with their own. The hosts are much smaller birds as well, with probably the most common target being the Masked Weaver.

 

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1 January, near Mankwe Dam, Pilanesberg

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50) White-fronted Bee-eater

 

Rooikeelbyevreter Merops bullockoides

 

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Almost exactly the same spot as the previous bird, but a day later...

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51) European Bee-eater

 

Europese Byevreter Merops apiaster

 

The avian equivalent of the Eurofighter Typhoon perhaps? Fast, agile, unbelievably accurate and beautiful to boot!

 

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Pilanesberg, 1 January

 

Last year I showed pictures of them taking a bath. Seems it happens more often than I thought...

 

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This time it was also raining lightly.

 

Rathlogo dam, Pilanesberg, 30 January 2017

 

 

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Those little Batis always look so bright-eyed. Beautiful Bee-eaters and Cuckoo. Im wondering if Timbavati has seen any rain, it was very dry when we were there a couple of years back?

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Batises and their eyes ... and the European Bee-eater, it is time to start your flight back home!

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Thank you @elefromoz, @Tdgraves and @xelas

 

@elefromoz, it is still very dry, and there is very little grass now, precisely when there should be a lot. The Klaserie is even worse.

 

However, we received about 7 mm of rain last Friday, and I believe many areas have received much more since then.

 

I believe @pomkiwi is there now, perhaps he can enlighten us? Of course, they will need regular rain over the next month or two if the grass is to recover...

 

@xelas, not so fast please!

 

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@Peter Connan @elefromoz There was a heavy fall of rain on Tuesday night, sufficient to cancel the morning drive on Wednesday. There has been some light rain most nights since and the grass is growing well. There will be an image or two when I do a report after I get home :).

Everyone tells me that it has been a relatively dry summer again and that they would like at least 3 more heavy falls. 

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Thanks @pomkiwi, that gladdens my heart.

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52) Giant Kingfisher

 

Reusevisvanger Megaceryle maxima

 

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1 January, Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg

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53) Pied Kingfisher

 

Bontvisvanger Ceryle rudis

 

Apparently the largest bird that can hover for extended period without wind.

 

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1 & 2 January, Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg

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