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#36 Southern Fiscal (Lanius collaris)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

There were so many of these around this year, and so many juveniles too. It took me a while before I realised that the juveniles were in fact the same species. I was hunting through all my guides to identify them as a different species.

 

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#37 Familiar Chat (Emarginata familiaris)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#38 Oops, missed one from Dubai

House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Dubai, feb 2018.

 

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#39 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. feb 2018 - In the grounds of a game lodge

 

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#40 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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I just noticed that I have 2 number elevens. 

Post #2 showed a Blue Tit and a Great Tit. 

The Great Tit was therefore counted as #11 but when I resumed posting yesterday I overlooked that and listed the Purple Sunbird as #11, when it should have been #12.

 

Not great at maths.

 

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Peter Connan

That Swee Waxbill in-flight shot is a fantastic pose @Soukous

 

May I ask roughly whereabouts in the Klein Karoo?

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Dave Williams

Nice collection building here!

 

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16 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

That Swee Waxbill in-flight shot is a fantastic pose @Soukous

 

May I ask roughly whereabouts in the Klein Karoo?

 

Of course @Peter Connan

The area where we have our house is Matjiesrivier, very close to the base of the Swartberg Pass.

It is a private game reserve of 2000 hectares with a few houses on it. Click here to take a look

Basically it is recovered farm land that is now used for wild animals, antelopes, zebra & giraffe. The number of bird species has been growing steadily and we now have quite a nice collection of resident species, including quite a few raptors: Martial Eagle, Verraux's Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, Secretary Bird, Snake Eagle, Rock Kestrel. 

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:

Nice collection building here!

 

 

Thanks @Dave Williams building slowly. Definitely a tortoise compared to a few others.

For me the recurring problem is that I am shooting the same birds every year - because i always go to the same places. This year I am hoping to break out and include some new species. 

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#42  African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#43 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#44 Blue Crane (Grus paradisea)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

This was a particularly happy sighting as the cranes have managed to raise 2 chicks this year.

 

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#45 Cape Rock Thursh - I think - (Monticola rupestris)

Meiringspoort, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#46 Greater Striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

We have 2 pairs of these swallows nesting in our house every year and they put on some terrific aerial displays. Catching them in flight is always a challenge and there is room for improvement.

 

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#47 Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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They grey background on the second shot is all rain clouds. Unlike Cape Town, we had plenty of rain.

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#48 Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#49 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficolis)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

Every time i tried to photograph this wee chap he either dived underwater or made a bee line for the far side of the dam.

 

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#50 Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

It is a 45 minute drive to the nearest town (Oudtshoorn) and on the way I saw three of these Goshawks perched on telegraph poles in the space of 2km.

 

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Your collection is building nicely and that was good news on the Blue Cranes and their chicks.

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Beautiful additions and lovely images!

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#51 Pied Starling (Lamprotornis bicolor)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#52 Red Knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. feb 2018

 

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#53 Red Winged Starling (Onychognathus morio)

Prince Albert, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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#54 Rock Kestrel (Falco rupicolus)

Klein Karoo, South Africa. Feb 2018

 

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