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Dave Williams

Come on Michael, you must have something new to add by now. How about looking in the refrigerator?:ph34r:

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michael-ibk

That one is empty Dave! But don't worry, more stuff coming up. I'm on my way back from the airport right now after two weeks of Tanzania. 😎

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Dave Williams
8 minutes ago, michael-ibk said:

That one is empty Dave! But don't worry, more stuff coming up. I'm on my way back from the airport right now after two weeks of Tanzania. 😎

Looking forward to it Michael.

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Galana

Its over two weeks since you got back @michael-ibk. I call that overdue. Even Ryanair would have to pay compensation for such delays. :P

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michael-ibk

@Galana Mea maxima culpa, I know. 😎 But it will probably be another couple of weeks until I get started. 🙁

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michael-ibk

But here is a Malachite from Selous just to keep you happy. 😎

 

 

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Zim Girl

Stunning picture of the Malachite, Michael.  Looking forward to the rest when they start appearing!

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Kitsafari

WOW! 

show-off.come on then, get cracking on the rest before the shadow of @xelas 's Uganda trip catches up

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kittykat23uk
2 hours ago, Galana said:

Its over two weeks since you got back @michael-ibk. I call that overdue. Even Ryanair would have to pay compensation for such delays. :P

:lol::lol:

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Peter Connan

Stunner!

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xelas

What a beautiful, shinny blue bird!

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Galana
4 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

But here is a Malachite from Selous just to keep you happy. 😎

Happy? Not really! We all want the full meal not just nibbles.:P

Nice capture though.

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michael-ibk

Sorry, still no Tanzania - a few local clicks:

 

34/E34.) Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) / Buchfink

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 5/3/20. One of our most common songbirds. "Fringillus" is the Latin word for "Finch". "Coelebs" is the stuff the Catholic Church asks of its priests - poor Chaffinch is celibate. Especially in Winter males and females separate.

 

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35/E35.) Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) / Buntspecht

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 5/3. Our default Woodpecker. "Dendrocopos" is Greek and means "Treehammerer" - fitting. Note the tongue in the last picture - a Woodpecker´s tongue wraps around its brain while it hammers! A male here - easily told apart from the female by the red napepatch (females have an all black-and-white head).

 

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36/E36.) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) / Kleinspecht

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 5/3/20. Delighted to see this one, not a species I get every year. This is a female - again only the males have some red on the head.

 

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37/E37.) Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) / Zwergtaucher

 

Stausee Reißeck, Carinthia, 1/2/20. "Tachýs" is Greek for "fast", "baptein" is diving in - perfectly describing this bird´s behaviour. "Ruficollis" means red-throated - they should have used that one for its cousin.

 

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Posted (edited)

38/E38.) Red-Crested Pochard (Netta rufina) / Kolbenente

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 5/3/20. One of our most attractive (though quite weird looking) Ducks. (Boring Latin name - "Red Teal"). A relative newcomer to Europe - it has only started breeding here in the 20th century.

 

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And a first double - these Mergansers were pairing up so nicely.

 

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Now back to work on Ruaha!

 

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Galana

Very nice locals.

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TonyQ

I’ve never seen a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. A great addition!

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shazdwn
7 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

Note the tongue in the last picture - a Woodpecker´s tongue wraps around its brain while it hammers! 

 


Wow, who knew? 

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xelas

Lucky you having to pass by Chiemsee so often! Great finds, specially Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Work harder with Tanzania birds :D!

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Galana
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1 hour ago, xelas said:

Work harder with Tanzania birds :D!

Absolutely! I never understand how it takes so long to 'process' trip photos when recent local shots don't seem to need it!;) Didn't somebody go to Uganda recently and returned before me only to post a couple of chaffinches??:P Probably still  busy photoshopping the 2795 Bulbuls into penguins!

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xelas
28 minutes ago, Galana said:

Probably still  busy photoshopping the 2795 Bulbuls into penguins!

 

Not yet. It is harder to plow through 12000 photos vs 1200 photos. And I have been brought up to favour seniors ... specially when that helps me with ID task :D. I have finished with Mabamba Swamp, starting with Kibale birds.

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michael-ibk
17 hours ago, TonyQ said:

I’ve never seen a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. A great addition!

 

Well, @TonyQ, there´s your goal for this year - just checked, and you should have it in the UK. :)

 

5 hours ago, Galana said:

Absolutely! I never understand how it takes so long to 'process' trip photos when recent local shots don't seem to need it!;)

 

Well, I like to post my birds in the order of the bird book to have a good overview. Therefore I work through all my photos first and only start posting when I have IDed everything. That, and unfortunately I still have to suffer through my day job. Maybe I should report that I coughed twice yesterday and have a slight headache  today and get myself quarantined, then I´d be faster for sure. B)

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PeterHG

A stunning Malachite and some very good local birds. That Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was a good find! We have it here, too, but I rarely see one. I'm sorry to hear you've still got a job. ;). So much easier without one. Having said that: I'm still working on my SA photos from February and once I've finished those there a still a great many photos from the Colombia trip last year to work my way through...

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