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What will almost certainly be a quiet little year - Soukous 2019


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Galana
1 hour ago, Soukous said:

Do ALL larks have the same coloured legs?

Not really and in some field guides we are of course at the mercy of the artist's palette and the printing process.

And of course not all pipits have flesh pink one. Our own Rock Pipit is a good example. It was really the beak/bill that was wrong. Larks are usually heavier and blunter. Pipits more 'delicate'. Compare 41 with 43 as a picture being worth a thousand words.

Your bird is a Grassland (African) Pipit. Unless.....

 

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OK, let me say right now that I will not be contending for the highest number of posts here, but after some gentle persuasion ( @Galana ) I've decided that I should at least participate.  If I'm luc

02 - African Grey Hornbill - Tockus nasutus Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Feb 2019    

It has finally stopped raining here. Whilst southern Africa suffers from drought we have had rain almost every day for the past 2 weeks. Can we do a trade? Then on Sunday night the temperature pl

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Soukous

Thank you Fred.

In fact now that you have kindly identified it correctly I can visualise the moment I saw & photographed it and the words 'Grassland Pipit' echo in my head. 

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46. Superb Starling - Lamprotornis superbus

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Superb Starling

 

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47. Hildebrandt's Starling - Lamprotornis hildebrandti

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Hildebrandt's Starling

 

Hildebrandt's Starling

 

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48. Martial Eagle (imm) - Polemaetus bellicosus

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Martial Eagle (imm)

 

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49. Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Northern Wheatear

 

Northern Wheatear

 

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50. Abdim's Stork - Ciconia abdimii

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Abdim's Stork

 

Abdim's Stork

 

 

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Galana

Nice bunch.Like the Martial Eagle and the Wheatear.

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Soukous
16 minutes ago, Galana said:

Nice bunch.Like the Martial Eagle and the Wheatear.

 

Phew! no ID errors this time. :rolleyes:

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I just love the Abdim's. Beautiful colours!

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51. Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori

Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

We saw more Kori Bustards than almost any other bird. They seemed to be everywhere and the males were all strutting their stuff.

 

Kori Bustard

 

Ndutu plains, Tanzania

Kori Bustard

 

We saw surprisingly few females and almost wiped out one of those we did see. 

We were driving through the long grass, eyes on the wildebeest and zebras when suddenly a female Kori Bustard burst out of the grass by our side.

She had been sitting on eggs. 

It would have been a real shame to have flattened those.

Kori Bustard eggs

 

 

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52 & 53. Flamingoes, Great & Lesser (mostly lesser - Phoenicopterus ruber & Phoenicopterus minor

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Flamingoes

 

Greater Flamingoes - Lake Masek, Ndutu.

Greater Flamingoes

 

 

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54. Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Barn Swallow

 

Barn Swallow

 

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55. Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Feb 2019

 

Common Moorhen

 

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56. Malachite Kingfisher - Alcedo cristata

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Malachite Kingfisher

 

 

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Superb Barn Swallow photos!

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Galana

Some very nice photos and again no corrections.

Just a plea that I often repeat. I KNOW it is permitted to leave marked tracks in Ndutu/Ngorongoro Conservation Area but that does not mean it is OK.  And I make the same plea in Southern Africa where it seems the norm to get up close and personal to large mammals in total disregard for the environmental damage that this creates. A good guide is one who can get you in close contact without leaving park tracks.

Your Bustard nest was lucky to be big enough to be seen in time but sadly a lot more wildlife just gets crushed under wheels and, as if that was not bad enough, the soil gets compacted and this affects drainage and the soils ability to breathe. And because one does it everybody follows in their tracks, literally!

Sorry to rant Martin but it is something I feel very strongly about. Think of the Little Five as well as the Big Five. Please!

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I totally understand your point @Galana it is not good practice to deviate from marked tracks.

 

 

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57. Steppe Eagle - Aquila nipalensis (with a Martial Eagle looking on)

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Martial Eagle & Steppe eagle

 

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58. Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Yellow Wagtail

 

 

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59. Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

Black-crowned Night Heron

 

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60. White-naped Raven - Corvus albicollis

Ngorongoro Crater rim, Tanzania. Feb 2019

 

White-naped Raven

 

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61. Black-shouldered Kite - Elanus caeruleus

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. feb 2019

 

Black-shouldered Kite

 

the first one we saw was in the Crater but we did see several more in Ndutu

 

Black Shouldered Kite

 

Black-shouldered Kite

 

 

 

 

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61. Secretary Bird - Saggitarius serpentarius

Ndutu, Tanzania. feb 2019

 

Secretary Bird

 

Secretary Bird

 

Secretary Birds

 

Secretary Bird

 

 

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62. Yellow-throated Sandgrouse - Pteroclas gutturalis

Ndutu, Tanzania. feb 2019

 

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse

 

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