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Zim Girl's 2nd Big Year 2019


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Luckily, a large group of the next bird pitched up in a field just outside our village for a couple of days.

 

188.  (UK 114)  Pink-footed Goose

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Outside home village  -  15/12/19

 

 

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This was another new bird for me this year.

 

189.  (UK 115)  Redwing

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Leighton Moss  -  21/12/19

 

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My last bird of the BY is one of my favourites.  We have had quite regular sightings of it in this location during the year, but it waited until Christmas Day before giving me a worthy photo op - what a great present!

190.  (UK 116)  Kingfisher

We watched it dive and catch a fish and then followed it up the bank for a better shot.

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Lancaster Canal  -  25/12/19

 

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Just one more picture before I finish for 2019.  A duplicate, but an excellent sighting.  We were at Leighton Moss just before Christmas and was amazed to find a water rail wandering around in the open on the path behind us.  This was the first time Adrian had seen one and it pottered around quite close to us for a couple of minutes.  Another fantastic bird sighting.

 

NC.  Water Rail

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Leighton Moss  -  21/12/19

 

So I beat last year's UK total by 6 birds at 116.  There were 17 new birds this year but obviously some from last year that I didn't get this time.

I didn't quite make the 200 (def should have tried harder in SA).

However, I will be soldiering on for 2020. :)

 

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Galana

A great bird to end on. Congrats on your improved score.

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TonyQ

Well done with your UK score, and two brilliant sightings to finish the year off.

Great to hear you are in for 2020!

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michael-ibk

These Redwings are everywhere!

 

Great finish to your BY, Kingfisher is always fantastic. Glad to hear you are in for the next one!

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PeterHG

Both your last pictures are beautiful!

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lmSA84

Congrats on your score! There are some beautiful shots in there 

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Kitsafari

congrats on bettering your UK score and such a lovely Xmas gift! 

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xelas

Excellent sighting, the Water Rail. I wish you a fruitful birding 2020!

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Zim Girl

Thank you, everyone for all your lovely comments!!

 

I am running my own race down at the bottom here, but enjoying it very much nonetheless!

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Galana
3 hours ago, Zim Girl said:

but enjoying it very much nonetheless!

And that is why we all do it.;)

Thanks for the confirmation.

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Soukous

Lovely Water Rail. well done for 2019. Sorry Witfontein didn't boost your score more. :(

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Peter Connan

Lovely ending to a great year!

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17 hours ago, Soukous said:

Lovely Water Rail. well done for 2019. Sorry Witfontein didn't boost your score more. :(

Thank you Martin.

We enjoyed Witfontein very much so it didn't matter at all.

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3 minutes ago, Zim Girl said:

Thank you Martin.

We enjoyed Witfontein very much so it didn't matter at all.

 

That's good. I can ask for no more than that. :D

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