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Near Satara, Kruger National Park, 6/2/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 320, f 7.1, 1/2000

 

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318) Greenshank

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Near Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, 2/2/18   Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 640, f7.1, 1/4000   Female     Male    Canon 7D mark ii, 100-4

And now for the star of the show...   Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 3/5/18   Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 250, f 7.1, 1/1600  

Near Berg-en-Dal, Kruger National Park, 29/1/18   Canon 7D mark ii, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1000, f6.3, 1/500         87) Grey lourie (go-away bird)

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Near Satara, Kruger National Park, 6/2/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 320, f 7.1, 1/640

 

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319) Common sandpiper

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I thought it was about time to add some garden birds. I always think I'll get a better chance later in the year, but I have a few in the bag, so to speak

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire

 

This pair had at least two broods, nest in front garden

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1600, f 5.6, 1/100, EV +1/3

 

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Female collecting food 10/6/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2000, f 5.0, 1/100, EV +1/3

 

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Fearless fledglings, 7/7/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 640, f 6.3, 1/60

 

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26/6/18 Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 160, f 7.1, 1/320

 

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Male taking a break ,7/7/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 500, f 7.1, 1/640

 

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320) Common blackbird

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My garden, Cambridgeshire 26/3/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f 5.6, 1/640

 

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Every spring these guys tap on my window. I assume that they are scaring off their reflections. Tap tap tap tap, for about a month

 

Into the sun this one...21/6/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 320, f 7.1, 1/640

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 400, f 7.1, 1/800

 

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321) Long-tailed tit

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My garden, Cambridgeshire 23/7/18

 

These guys are around, but shy and difficult to photograph

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f 5.6, 1/500

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f 5.6, 1/5640

 

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322) Western jackdaw

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Another shy one - a frequent visitor, but at the ends of the day

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire 24/5/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 3200, f 5.6, 1/200

 

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323) Stock dove

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This one serenaded us nightly for about a month earlier in the year

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire 1/6/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f 5.6, 1/500

 

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324) Song thrush

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TonyQ

You get a good selection of birds in your garden.

The Long-tailed Tits might be catching insects or spiders at your windows - they peck around ours in a similar way.

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30 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

The Long-tailed Tits might be catching insects or spiders at your windows - they peck around ours in a similar way.

We had sliding patio doors that received the same treatment. They were after the moss to line their nests. (It saved us the bother later on! How very eco friendly!! :))

Some nice birds in your garden too.

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52 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

You get a good selection of birds in your garden.

The Long-tailed Tits might be catching insects or spiders at your windows - they peck around ours in a similar way.

 

@TonyQ I have watched them and they always seem to peck at the middle of the pane, not around the edges, which is why I assumed it was a mating thing - they only ever do it in the Spring..

 

21 minutes ago, Galana said:

We had sliding patio doors that received the same treatment. They were after the moss to line their nests. (It saved us the bother later on! How very eco friendly!! :))

Some nice birds in your garden too.

 

@Galana no moss around the windows (plenty on the roof though)

 

we have a much greater variety now compared to when we moved in 5 years ago....better ecosystem I guess (and the bird feeders....)

 

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Time is ticking on and I have not been too successful recently, so I am now scraping the barrel with some I hoped to improve upon (one of which during the aborted trip to the Chiltern's discussed in TonyQs BY thread...). I don't see these often, so these will have to do...

 

RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 17/5/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 400, f 7.1, 1/6400

 

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Bicester, UK, 21/8/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 500, f 7.1, 1/2500, EV +2/3

 

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325) Red kite

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RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, UK, 17/5/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 400, f 7.1, 1/1000

 

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326) Common kestrel

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A couple more of scraping the barrel, before we leave for Joburg on Thursday... 

 

My garden, UK, 7/6/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 400, f 7.1, 1/1000, EV +1

 

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and in a more traditional pose

 

My garden, UK, 23/6/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 500, f 6.3, 1/200

 

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327) Greenfinch and 328) Goldfinch

 

both surprisingly difficult to photograph, despite being in my garden daily :(

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A new lake/pond constructed as part of A14 improvements, Cambridgeshire, UK, 4/8/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 320, f 7.1, 1/1250, EV +2/3

 

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329) Northern lapwing

 

A terrible cropped shot, but the best I have managed so far, the others from earlier in the year were even further away...

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My garden, UK, 7/7/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1250, f 5.6, 1/320

 

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330) Common chaffinch

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Well done with the local additions. Have a great trip to South Africa!

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PeterHG

Have a good flight and a great stay in SA! Looking forward to more pics from there.

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Peter Connan

Another Big Year participant going on a trip! I await the results with eager anticipation!

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michael-ibk

Have a fantastic trip to South Africa, what is your itinerary? (Sorry if you mentioned this before.)

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Thanks @michael-ibk @Peter Connan @Galana @PeterHG And @TonyQ

we land in joburg Friday am and drive to upington, as our friends have now moved from joburg to the cape. Pick up shopping sat am and then head for the park (KTP). Itinerary not perfect, but much better than when I booked. I eventually got through an hour and a half after they opened and nossob was full, as well as the majority of wilderness camps. We initially had 3 nights at Mata Mata then 3 at KTC, but I have managed to change that and also got 3 nights at nossob in the new riverside units at the start, so all good. An overnight on the orange river then drive to Cape Town (to see friends new place, but in honesty, as there were no reward flights back from joburg). We haven’t been to the cape in years, so we are staying in newlands on the first night to go to kirstenbosch in the morning and plan to go to strandfontein in the afternoon. We then stay in Somerset West to see our friends and fly back the next day. 11 nights in the park with a mini Cape Town trip should add a few to the BY....

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Ahhh, Kgalagadi .... and yes, persistance always brings dividends when one is booking in Kgalagadi. You will have another great trip and we will have another excellent trip report ... what a winning situation!

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Dave Williams

Good luck on the trip and yes, I'm envious!

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