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xelas

The Red-necked Falcon looks awfully familiar. Taken at Charitsaub?? Anyway, all excellent photos!

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PeterHG
3 hours ago, xelas said:

The Red-necked Falcon looks awfully familiar. Taken at Charitsaub?? Anyway, all excellent photos!

Recognizing individual birds? Your skills are second to none :D! No, it was on a drive from Halali around Fischer’s Pan. To be more precise:

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2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

Recognizing individual birds?

 

Nope! But it was worth trying :P!

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Always so impressed with your BIG shots - great Red-breasted Swallow

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Some lovely bifs. 

 

good pics of RN falcon ~ a cracking bird

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How to get a proper EBC shot...(tips and tricks)

 

Whilst enjoying our days in Kunene, I decided to try and get some more EBC shots. That is not as easy as it sounds. It takes time, experience and above all patience to set up a proper EBC photo. One often has to walk back from the subject, circling it carefully for an obscured view or wait for hours until the bird finally leaves its open perch and settles in a more heavily branched area of the tree. Back-lit preferably and its head turned away from the photographer. A little camera shake or underexposure might help, but don’t make this too obvious. The result should look unintentional and spontaneous. Frustrating at times, when all you can get is a clear, well-exposed picture, but all the more rewarding when you are successful at last.

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More about the Cuckoos:

I came across an interesting article on the differences between the two.

http://oo.adu.org.za/pdf/OO_2014_05_411-430.pdf

Based on this I would say the picture in the previous post is an African Cuckoo: clearly visible white spots on the tail feathers and (though hard to see) more yellow on the bill. This picture is somewhat clearer and looks more like a Common Cuckoo. I am including neither in the count as they are too uncertain, but it is always nice to speculate...

 

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Brilliant!  Welcome to the "Friends of EBC!" @PeterHG.

A very valiant effort in demonstrating how EBC can be achieved even by Hammer chewers like us.

 

If it helps I think your capture is African for all the reasons you suggest, yellow on bill etc., as well as your second shot being disqualified as not being lower down to EBC standards so you must have cheated.:o.

And on top of all that is the distribution. I have sponsored radio tagged European Cuckoos through the BTO website https://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking

and the furthest south any have gone is Luanda in Angola.

In the true spirit of this sport I should claim it as African as you can then have another go with Europeans as they arrive back this month.;)

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