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193 / Nam 175. Anteating Chat. Feb. Waterberg

 

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155 / Nam 137. Pel's Fishing Owl. Feb. Drotsky's Cabins, Botswana. If I had to name one highlight of our trip (there were many..) it would be finding the Pel's Fishing Owl. It took some effort, severa

108 / Nam 90. Gabar Goshawk. Feb. Etosha  

This one was already in the count, but I came across this beautiful juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk, which was so cooperative.  

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194 / Nam 176. Bradfield's Hornbill. Feb. Waterberg. Both Monteiro's and Bradfield's seen on the trip. Lifers, the two of them.

 

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195 / Nam 177. Great Spotted Cuckoo. Feb. Waterberg. EBC pictures and Cuckoos definitely belong together for me...;)

 

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196 / Nam 178. European Roller. Feb. Waterberg. It was already past us when I noticed this might be  a different roller.

 

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197 / Nam 179. Yellow-billed Stork. Feb. Waterberg

 

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198 / Nam 180. Little Grebe. Feb. Waterberg

 

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199 / Nam 181 Southern Pochard. Feb. waterberg

 

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200 / Nam 182. African Spoonbill. Feb. Waterberg. Well, a few more to go form Namibia, but this is a good number for a break...

 

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Peter Connan

200! Well done, and great shots to get there with! Congratulations.

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TonyQ

Welll done on reaching 200. A wonderful selection from your recent trip. The Violet-backed Staarling is stunning!

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Galana

Congratulations on the double century and well deserved with some outstanding photographs.

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Dave Williams

Blasted through that century with some superb additions!

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elefromoz

@PeterHG, congrats on 200, all beautiful from the flashy Violet-backed Starling to the textbook LBJ (in my  opinion anyway), Ant-eating Chat.

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Thanks, @Peter Connan, @Tdgraves, @TonyQ, @Galana,(also for all your help on ID mistakes, I do appreciate that!), @Dave Williams. Coming back with so many photos from a trip and then keeping the BY thread up-to-date feels like a job sometimes, but the good part is that I had not realized just how many species I'd actually managed to take a shot of. One of the things that makes this thread good fun.

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201 / Nam 183. Red-billed Hornbill. Feb. Waterberg. 

 

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202 / Nam 184. Lesser Striped Swallow. I only saw them once or twice on the trip.

 

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203 / Nam 185. Southern Pied Babbler. Feb. Waterberg. Distant, so not a good picture, but it completed the babbler collection. We managed to see all five of them. 

 

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204 / Nam 186. Helmeted Guinefowl. Feb. Waterberg. Our las day in Namiba. I suddenly wondered whether I had ever taken the trouble of taking a shot of this ubiquitous bird. I hadn't....

 

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205 / Nam 187. Dusky Sunbird. Feb. Madisa Camp. One I'd saved just in case I found a better shot later on. I didn't, so here it is.

 

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206 / Nam 188. Steppe Buzzard. Feb. Kunene. Another one I had not yet posted.

 

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This concludes the Namibia collection, unless I come across  one or two I had forgotten about. A great trip in a wonderful country: incredible scenery, fantastic wildlife and birding and very friendly people !

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Zim Girl

Great work on reaching 200, @PeterHG, some really beautiful birds in there.

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Back in Holland in late February, some Parrot Crossbills had been spotted not too far away. I'd never seen them before, so I decided to give them a try.

207. Parrot Crossbill. Feb. Zeist, Netherlands

 

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The reserve also produced a few other nice birds:

208. Woodlark. Feb. Zeist, Netherlands. Already singing this early in the year.

 

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The hammering sounds of some woodpeckers could be heard nearby and one of them turned out to be a

209. Black Woodpecker. Feb. Zeist, Netherlands. I've seen it before every now and then in woods not far from where I live, but I never even got close to taking a photo.

 

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