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59/CH17.) Vinaceous Dove (Streptopelia vinacea) / Röteltaube

 

Abundant in the park. Their call sounds a bit like Zebras somehow.

 

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46/CH4.) Red-Throated Bee-Eater (Merops bulocki) / Rotkehlspint   One of the most spectacular birds in the park, high on my target list. Fortunately they were common and quite approachable.

21/E21.) Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) / Krauskopfpelikan   Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece, 17/3/2018. This is a great birding destination just an hour´s drive North from Thessaloniki

28/E28.) Greylag Goose (Anser anser) / Graugans   Chiemsee, 24/3/2018. Probably the most common Goose in Middle Europe. Don´t know how popular "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson" b

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60/CH18.) African Collared Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) / Lachtaube

 

Extremely similar to Vinaceous Dove, probably the only way to safely differentiate them is by call. But I do think that they somehow just look a bit more like our European Collared Dove than the Vinaceous.

 

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61/CH19.) Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) / Kaptäubchen

 

Abundant (like everywhere where they do occur). Many of them in camp.

 

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62/CH20.) Black-Billed Wood Dove (Turtur abyssinicus) / Erzflecktaube

 

A new one for me. Quite similar to the Namaquas but the tail is very short and the bill, well, black.

 

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Nice collection. I think you are on safer ground (literally) with Mourning Dove despite the variable eye ring issue. Mourning neck ring shows a white border, Red-eye does not.

As to my pun on safer ground my distribution chart shows Mourning more prevalent with only the very far south of Chad hosting Red-eyed. IF the chart is correct!

Years since I have seen Black Crowned Cranes. Nice capture.

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Thanks, @Galana. Yes, the distribution chart is another factor in favour of Mourning. But I don´t think those charts are too accurate for little researched countries like Chad. There are some birds on the park list which should not be there according to "Birds of Africa South of the Sahara". I even saw a Pallas´ Gull in N´djamena, a few 1000 km off its "official" range.

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-/CH21.) Fork-Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) / Trauerdrongo

 

I won´t include this in the general count, a really terrible photo but just for complecity´s sake. Drongos were not uncommon in the park but we never stopped for them.

 

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63/CH22.) White-Faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) / Witwenpfeifgans

 

A regular fixture in the park. One of the few species which occurs in Africa and South America.

 

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64/CH23.) Comb aka Knob-Billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) / Glanzente

 

The most common Duck in Zakouma.

 

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-/CH24.) Garganey (Anas querquedula) / Knäkente

 

Always interesting to see our familiar European ducks in Africa. A Shoveller was also close by.

 

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65/CH25.) African Fish Eagle (Haliaaetus vocifer) / Schreiseeadler

 

A common sight in the park. I love their calls - just says "Africa" to me.

 

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66/CH26.) Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) / Raubadler

 

Brown Eagles are not numerous in Zakouma, only saw two distant Tawnys, no Steppes or Spotteds.

 

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67/CH27.) Long-Crested Eagle (Lophoaetus occipitalis) / Schopfadler

 

They are doing exceptionally well in Zakouma, this is the default Eagle in the park.

 

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68/CH28.) Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) / Kampfadler

 

This distant juvenile was the only one we saw.

 

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69/CH29.) Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) / Kuhreiher

 

A bird I always forget to focus on and then I´m lucky if I have one shot at all.

 

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70/CH30.) Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) / Seidenreiher

 

Not as common as its smaller and greater cousins but still quite a regular sighting.

 

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71/CH31.) Great Egret (Ardea alba) / Silberreiher

 

Very common, especially on the wetlands. We did see Intermediate Egret as well but apparently I did not take a picture.

 

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I have been looking forward to your Chad collection. A Particularly beautiful set of Bee-eaters!

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47 minutes ago, michael-ibk said:

I even saw a Pallas´ Gull in N´djamena, a few 1000 km off its "official" range.

I often remark that "Birds don't read maps".!)

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72/CH32.) Cut-Throat Finch (Amadina fasciata) / Halsbandamadine

 

A little "Where´s the bird" puzzle to test if you are paying attention. :)

 

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I won´t pretend I even realized it was there in the middle of the Queleas.

 

The other time I did see it at least.

 

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73/CH33.) Red-Billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) / Senegalamarant

 

Very common, especially around camp.

 

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74/CH34.) African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) / Graubrust-Paradiesschnäpper

 

One beautiful male morph in camp.

 

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75/CH35.) Clapperton´s Francolin (Francolinus clappertoni) / Clappertonfrankolin

 

Only one sighting. Not many birds of this familiy in Zakouma, one short glimpse of a Stone Partridge, that was it.

 

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76/CH36.) Black-Headed Gonolek (Laniarius erythrogaster) / Scharlachwürger

 

Northern Africa´s answer to the Crimson-Breasted Shrike. Quite common.

 

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77/CH37.) Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacius) / Nilgans

 

Nowhere near as common as one is used to from other African parks.

 

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78/CH38.) Spur-Winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) / Sporngans

 

Absolutely abundant, Zakouma obviously is an important stronghold for this species.

 

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