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5 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

But you have a good chance at ground Hornbill.

 

Specially around Punda Maria!

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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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I should also mention that we saw two pairs of blue cranes on our approach to Cape Town, but there was nowhere suitable to pull over (and we were at the end of a long journey!)

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We had a few days of annual leave left for the year and after using two of them for my sister's wedding, we decided to go to Marrakesh for a bit of sunshine and R&R. We have never been before and were lured by a good deal on the hotel. These were all taken in the hotel gardens and were new to us.

 

Four Seasons, Marrakesh, 5/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 800, f 5.6, 1/1600

 

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395) North west African common blackbird (Turdus merula mauritanicus) 

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Four Seasons, Marrakesh, 4/11/18

 

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

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 640, f 7.1, 1/800

 

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396) Common bulbul

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Four Seasons, Marrakesh, 4/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 500, f 7.1, 1/1250

 

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397) Spotless starling

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Four Seasons, Marrakesh, 5/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1250, f 5.6, 1/1000, EV +1/3

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1250, f 6.3, 1/800

 

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398) Sardinian warbler

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Four Seasons, Marrakesh, 5/11/18

 

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

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 320, f 6.3, 1/640

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 320, f 5.6, 1/500

 

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399) House bunting

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We also saw a chiff chaff and an unidentified yellow bird. I had thought that these were Spanish sparrows, but they are just house sparrows..

 

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A good short break - and now up to 399! You must have one waiting for us.....

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7 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

A good short break - and now up to 399! You must have one waiting for us.....

 

@TonyQ this was just at the hotel....

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As we were in Marrakesh, it was suggested that we do a day trip into the Atlas mountains. If we were doing a day trip, then it may as well be birding....

 

This is the first time that I have been on a specific bird tour (apart from with @Peter Connan ;)) and it was a bit daunting doing this online. I have no idea what the going rate should be for the services of a guide and vehicle with driver and given that Morocco runs on bartering, this made it all the more tricky. Anyway, I managed to find a guide who was free and we came to a mutually agreeable price.

 

The day didn't start well, as I messed up the room service breakfast order (I forgot to put a time on it), so it didn't arrive (the restaurant didn't open until 7am, our departure time). We had both come down with a nasty cold since arriving in Morocco and it was particularly bad for me on that day, which made me less than enthusiastic, still, it couldn't be helped and we were off.

 

Mohammed our guide, had send through a few page document of the intended route and what we could expect to see and largely, it was very accurate. The vast majority of what we saw was new for us, except I think from memory, a kestrel and a Northern wheatear. It was cold and misty as we started, but once we climbed above the cloud layer, it was blue skies and sunshine all of the way. We went up to Toubkal, a ski resort and as it was some kind of a holiday, it got busy with people around lunch time, especially as the first snow of the season had fallen.

 

There are 5 near endemics to Morocco, 3 of which were on his wishlist, so I shall start with these....

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Ourika valley, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 3200, f 5.6, 1/250

 

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400) Moussier's redstart

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Imnan valley, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1600, f 5.6, 1/6400 (hadn't changed settings...)

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 500, f 7.1, 1/1600

 

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401) Tristram's warbler

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This one is a bit of an EBC...

 

Oukaimeden, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1000, f 7.1, 1/250 

 

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402) Levaillant's woodpecker

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3 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

This one is a bit of an EBC...

 

402) Levaillant's woodpecker

 

It's a contender for the winning one for 2018!

 

Well done on the 400, an excellent achievement for a "less big year"

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Well done on the 400 club membership.

If this is a less big year what do you count as a full size one?

Look at what you said last December

< as there is no way i’ll be able to get even close to it next year!.

 

54 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

It's a contender for the winning one for 2018!

I dunno. The first shot of that Tristram's warbler comes fairly close too.

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Well done on 400! a lofty total indeed.

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:

 

Well done on the 400, an excellent achievement for a "less big year"

 

@Dave Williams shows what I know! I think I was nervous about having two self-drive safaris, both in South Africa. It would definitely have been less big if we had not made a big effort in California and booked the trip to the Atlas...

 

@Galana see above!! ;)

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Ourika valley, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 2000, f 5.6, 1/500

 

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403) Rock bunting

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Ourika valley, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1250, f 5.6, 1/2500

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 800, f 5.6, 1/320

 

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404) African blue tit

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Ourika valley, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 2500, f 5.6, 1/500

 

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405) Iberian yellow wagtail

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Oukaimeden, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1600, f 5.6, 1/200, EV +2/3

 

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406) Mistle thrush

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Oukaimeden, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1000, f 7.1, 1/125, EV +1 1/3

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 2500, f 7.1, 1/500

 

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407) Cirl bunting

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High Atlas, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 2000, f 7.1, 1/640

 

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408) African chaffinch

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High Atlas, Morocco, 6/11/18

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 2000, f 7.1, 1/3200, EV +1

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark ii, ISO 1000, f 7.1, 1/2000

 

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409) Black wheatear

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