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On the 3rd year of participating at Big Year, we will explore bird life on 3 different continents. We hope that birds will be cooperative, and that we all will enjoy in future days, weeks and months.

 

We have started on day 1 of New Year 2018, in southern part of South Africa; Hermanus, De Hoop, Wilderness, Karoo NP, Montague, Franschhoek and Cape Town were our main stops. I will post birds in the alphabetical order of their English names.

 

 

BY001 / SA001

Acacia Pied Barbet - Tricholaema leucomelas

 

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Karoo NP / 05.01.2018

 

juvenile

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Karoo NP / 06.01.2018

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On the 3rd year of participating at Big Year, we will explore bird life on 3 different continents. We hope that birds will be cooperative, and that we all will enjoy in future days, weeks and months.

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BY002 / SA002

African Darter - Anhinga rufa

 

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Stanford - Kleinrivier / 01.01.2018

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Peter Connan

Great start!

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There are a lot of birds with "African" in its names. Some are small (but deadly):

 

 

BY003 / SA003

African Dusky Flycatcher - Muscicapa adusta

 

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden / 13.01.2018

 

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There were not many eagles to be seen this time around. This one was taken from the boat. 

 

 

BY004 / SA004

African Fish Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer

 

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De Hoop / 02.01.2018

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Another bird of prey; it has eluded us on our first visit to Strandfontein but not on our second one.

 

 

BY005 / SA005

African Marsh Harrier - Circus ranivorus

 

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Strandfontein / 14.01.2018

 

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BY006 / SA006

African Olive Pigeon - Columba arquatrix

 

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Wilderness / 04.01.2018

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The most "different" bird of them all :P; but when young they do show some feathers.

 

 

BY007 / SA007

African Penguin - Spheniscus demersus

 

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juvenile

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Boulders Beach / 12.01.2018

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Back to proper birds; this one lives on ground and have adequate colours to blend naturally

 

 

BY008 / SA008

African Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus

 

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Montagu / 08.01.2018

 

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This one does not blend in easily :D.

 

 

BY009 / SA009

African Red-eyed Bulbul - Pycnonotus nigricans

 

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Karoo NP / 06.01.2018

 

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Warblers are, like Cisticolas, really difficult to ID. Luckily there are only 2 warblers in this area so hopefully I have properly ID them.

 

BY010 / SA010

African Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus baeticatus

 

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Strandfontein / 11.01.2018

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BY011 / SA011

African Snipe - Gallinago nigripennis

 

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De Hoop / 02.01.2018

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One more water bird, this one from the hide.

 

BY012 - SA012

African Spoonbill - Platalea alba

 

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Wilderness / 04.01.2018

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By using side, gravel roads we have had many opportunities to stop for birds, as traffic was slow there.

 

 

BY013 / SA013

African Stonechat - Saxicola torquatus

 

male

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female

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Rooisand / 10.01.2018

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And last  African (in name) bird.

 

 

BY014 - SA014

African Swamphen - Porphyrio madagascariensis

 

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Stanford - Kleinrivier / 01.01.2018

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@xelas, really like that Spoonbill, Zvezdas photography (and your PP) really highlight the detail, interesting that their bills come in a range of colours around the world.

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Peter Connan

Fish eagle! You lucky fish! Great shot of the takeoff.

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5 hours ago, elefromoz said:

@xelas, really like that Spoonbill, Zvezdas photography (and your PP) really highlight the detail, interesting that their bills come in a range of colours around the world.

 

Thank you, @elefromoz! This year you will see many birds "up close and personal" as such is how Zvezda likes them, and I am only following her directions when cropping (if cropping is needed).

The Red-eyed Bulbul is no crop at all. African Marsh Harrier is both severe crop and 2 stops of overxposing. But what I am surprised is how good the quality came out at HighISO when the subject fills the frame; African Dusky Flycatcher was only minor crop but it surely does not show its ISO12800! I have left exif data intact.

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4 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Fish eagle! You lucky fish! Great shot of the takeoff.

 

There is another photo at immediate take-off moment, which I will include in our Trip Report, specially for you, Peter :D. Zvezda has worked hard to do as many BIF as possible. Slight change in settings helped her getting more keepers, but D7200 is no D500 with Group AF :mellow::(.

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Ending with "African" but continuing with letter A.

 

 

BY015 / SA015

Agulhas Long-billed Lark - Certhilauda brevirostris

 

 

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De Hoop / 01.01.2018

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Not the best photo; I know people that could do much better PP on this tough to nail exposure bird.

 

 

BY016 / SA016

Amethyst Sunbird - Chalcomitra amethystina

 

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De Hoop / 02.01.2018

 

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This one will ruffle some feathers in the birders community; it should never flew that south. However, and not alone on this one, the facial signs are undoubtedly pointed in this direction:

 

 

BY017 / SA017

Ashy Flycatcher - Muscicapa caerulescens

 

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Kirstenbosch / 13.01.2018

 

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Moving on to letter B. There are two "B"s on this photo:

 

 

BY018 / SA018

Bar-throated Apalis - Apalis thoracica

 

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De Hoop / 02.01.2018

 

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And also on this one:

 

 

BY019 / SA019

Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

 

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Strandfontein / 11.01.2018

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