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Well, it's grey and pretty miserable here, but I'm lagging behind already, so I went out anyway to try and get a few year firsts from the relative warmth of the car. So let's make a start, keeping in mind that I'll soon depart for warmer regions.

 

01. Eurasian Wigeon. Arkemheen, Jan. Very common in the polders all winter.

 

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02. Carrion Crow. I might just as well deal with it now. It is a bird I tend to overlook for photography. 

 

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03. Great Egret. Not uncommon at all in winter, but departs for other breeding grounds when summer approaches.

 

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xelas

Nice start, @PeterHG! Should I know those water channels?

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PeterHG
35 minutes ago, xelas said:

Should I know those water channels?

Yes, we went there, too. In very similar weather.......:mellow:

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michael-ibk

Good to see you back Peter. Jealous about your Wigeon, a bird I can never get close to.

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PeterHG

A bit of sunshine this afternoon, but no time for a trip. A quick walk to the local pond then, to at least make some progress. Challenging subjects...;)

 04. Eurasian Coot. Amersfoort, Jan.

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05. Black-headed Gull.

 

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Zim Girl

Nice start - lovely Wigeon.

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elefromoz

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On 1/8/2020 at 9:45 PM, Zim Girl said:

Nice start - lovely Wigeon.

+1, might be common but gorgeous nevertheless.

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PeterHG

Just to let everybody know, I'm still counting....;)

Jeannette and are enjoying South Africa at the moment. Last Friday @Peter Connan very kindly picked us up at our lodging and took us on a wonderful trip to Marievale Bird Sanctuary. We saw more than 60 species and photographed a fair number of them. We also got the chance to see Peter handling the big and heavy 500mm lens for birds in flight shots. My muscles ached just by watching...;). Anyway, Peter thank you again for that fantastic birding day!

Just one shot then from the trip:

06 ( za 01)Malachite Kingfisher. Marievale, January.

 

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xelas
2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

Anyway, Peter thank you again for that fantastic birding day!

 

It looks like Peter has became a local institution for ST birders visiting Johannesburg! How lucky are we!

 

@PeterHG your SA birding has started with a bang! Good luck with the rest of your trip.

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Peter Connan

Lovely shot and a pleasure birding with you and Jeannette Peter!

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PeterHG

Well, let's make a start with the SA pics. The first full day we were in South Africa we visited the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, close to Pretoria. In certain parts of the reserve you can clearly se the skyline of the city, but it is a pleasant and relaxed place anyway and a perfect place to start our travels. Very quiet on a weekday, too.

 

07 (SA 02) African Darter. January, Rietvlei. 

 

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08 (SA03) African Palm Swift. January Rietvlei. 

 

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09 (SA 04) Red-eyed Dove. January, Rietvlei. Doves and Pigeons rarely get the attention they deserve, but at least I made sure I got a shot.

 

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10 (SA 05). White-rumped Swift. January Rietvlei. 

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11 (SA06) African Stonechat. January, Rietvlei

 

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12 (SA07) Common Ostrich January, Rietvlei. 

 

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13 (SA08) Rufous-naped Lark. January, Rietvlei.

 

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14 (SA09). Pied Crow. January, Rietvlei.

 

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15 (SA10) Grey Go-away Bird. January Rietvlei

 

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16 (SA11) Fork-tailed Drongo. January, Rietvlei. I am always surprised at how fierce these birds are. We saw a pair of drongo's attacking a Tawny Eagle and succeeding in driving it off.

 

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17 (SA12) Common Fiscal January, Rietvlei.

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18 (SA13) Southern Red Bishop. January, Rietvlei. Hard to overlook and very common in the reserve.

 

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Tdgraves

Lovely ostrich portrait @PeterHG

those purple flowers always remind me of rietvlei - we saw them at the roadside this time...

 

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pedro maia

Now that many of you are coming back from african trips it’s getting painful...

 

Beautiful pictures as expected, those swifts are very hard to photograph but the ostrich ma6 have my vote on this batch.

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Kitsafari
3 hours ago, pedro maia said:

Now that many of you are coming back from african trips it’s getting painful...

 

 

Don't stress @pedro maia -i'll still lag behind your BY.

 

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