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79/CH39.) Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar) / Gabarhabicht

 

Seen twice in the park.

 

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I assume this one is a melanistic morph, seen in N´djamena.

 

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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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80/CH40.) Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates) / Graubürzel-Singhabicht

 

The most common bird of prey in the park.

 

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A juvenile:

 

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Loved the pelicans in post #34

good looking ducks in #49

very pretty swan, great detail in the whites

wow, the bee-eaters, especially like the 1st Northern Carmine bif.

Thats a scruffy fish eagle.

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PeterHG

Many good birds and photos, @michael-ibk ! Your bee-eatershots are stunning.

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Peter Connan

Lovely breeding plumage well represented on the Spurwing geese!

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Kitsafari

marvellous pix of the birds of Tchad. great shots of the carmines flying. but what a top shot of the goshawk on the wing!

 

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@michael-ibk

Great birds from Zakouma so far, especially like the red-throated bee eater and the dishevelled fish eagle.

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Many thanks, @Geoff, @PeterHG, @Peter Connan, @Kitsafari and @Zim Girl!

 

81/CH41.) Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) / Grünschenkel

 

Never seen in the park, heard there twice. Just this one sighting outside the hotel in N´djamena when it was getting already too dark. I expect to get a better one this year but you never know with Greenshanks.

 

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82/CH42.) Grey-Headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus) / Graukopfmöwe

83/CH43.) Pallas´s aka Great Black-Headed Gull (Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus) / Fischmöwe

 

Seen in the middle of the Chari river from the Hotel. The Pallas´ is interesting - it is a recorded Palearctic migrant in Africa but according to "Birds of Africa South of the Sahara" really nowhere near Chad, the chart seems to show its range along the Rift Valley from Eritrea through Ethiopia down to Northern Kenya. It´s a very distant shot but I don´t think there´s anything else it could be and the experts over on birdnet agreed.

 

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84/CH44.) Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) / Helmperlhuhn

 

As abundant as everywhere in Africa.

 

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85/CH45.) Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) / Hammerkopf

 

Liked to hang around the Tinga waterhole.

 

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86/CH46.) Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) / Steppenweihe

 

Quite common around the wetland areas. Montagu´s was also seen (once) but no photo.

 

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87/CH47.) Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) / Rohrweihe

 

Another raptor that loved the wetlands. This one is from N´djamena though.

 

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88/CH48.) African Harrier-Hawk aka Gymnogene (Polyboroides typus) / Höhlenweihe

 

Two sightings of this peculiar bird.

 

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89/CH49.) Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) / Nachtreiher

 

Seen almost every day.

 

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90/CH49.) Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) / Rallenreiher

 

Another very common bird in Zakouma.

 

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1 hour ago, michael-ibk said:

The Pallas´ is interesting

An understatement. It is a great vagrant and there are records in Uganda and Burundi so no reason to think Chad would be off limits. Indeed looking at the size compared to the Grey-headed (unless much closer) there is nothing else it can be. Have you formally notified any 'authorities' of the sighting?

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@Galana

 

No, I haven't, sorry about my lack of knowledge, but who would those authorities be?

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Just now, michael-ibk said:

who would those authorities be?

Well normally they would be the 'official ' recorder for the country but I doubt such exists in Chad.

In the UK the African Bird Club co-ordinate records.   https://www.africanbirdclub.org/

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91/CH51.) Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) / Graureiher

 

Very common. I often wonder what exactly is it that makes species like Grey Herons or Great Egrets so successful that they have such a wide distribution.

 

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92/CH52.) Black-Headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) / Schwarzhalsreiher

 

The default heron in Zakouma.

 

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Goliath Heron was also seen twice but no photo.

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93/CH53.) Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) / Wiedehopf

 

My favourite bird, seen almost everyday in Zakouma.

 

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94/CH54.) Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) / Nördlicher Hornrabe

 

I remember how excited I had been when I first saw this bird in Ethiopia. Here in Zakouma they are very common, we saw them almost every day.

 

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95/CH55.) Northern Red-Billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) / Nördlicher Rotschnabeltoko

 

One of no less than 5 Red-Billed Hornbill species which all look the same more or less. Someone really liked to split species there apparently. :-)

 

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96/CH56.) African Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus) / Grautoko

 

Not nearly as common as the Red-Bill but gave me a much better opportunity than its cousins.

 

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