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In order to reach my 350 this year I have to resort to EBC photos, too. Perhaps not as good as shown by the master (I still have a lot to learn in that respect), but I'm very happy with this result anyway. I have made several attempts to get a decent shot of these beautiful reed birds, but they were to quick for me. This is all I managed.

 

346. Bearded Reedling. Flevoland, May.

 

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And a few I'd seen before.   Green Woodpecker. Same distant perch as the Mistle Thrush and just as shy.      Common Redstart. A frequent visitor to the garden over there.

I took a walk in the nearby meadow area, hoping to get one or two additions, but to no avail. I did see another Honey Buzzard, though, my second this year. When I got back I heard some noise above our

I had the camera with me, but stowed in the pannier, which is not ideal if you want to grab it quickly. Fortunately on one of my stops, there were some Oystercatchers that gave me some time to take a

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347. Nuthatch. Leusden, December. I only managed to get a shot two days ago, though I have seen them often enough.

 

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348. Mandarin Duck. Amersfoort, December. Quite unexpectedly, I found a female in our local lake. The first time in quite a few years I've seen one.

 

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349. Whooper Swan, Flevoland, December. About 2000 of them spend the winter in our country and I went to one of the places with a fair chance to see them. I was in luck and two of them were even closer than they usually are.

 

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This left one more bird to reach 350. Last night my son and his girlfriend came over for a quick visit (yes, at a respectable distance.....) and I told him about this thread. Although he never picked up birding as a hobby, he is still quite interested and he firmly stated that I should really try to find the one extra bird I needed. He even made suggestions and I promised him I would try and find a Rook today. That should be relatively easy to find if I did not mind a short drive. I couldn't let him down, so off I went in search of the magic number. Not as easy as I thought, but I did find one. A black bird against a grey sky does not make for a good photo, especially when I had to overexpose a lot to get some detail in the feathers, but, as @Dave Williamshas shown us before there is a new sky replacement tool in Photoshop. As we are all hoping for bluer skies next year I thought it fitting to do a little adaptation ;)

 

350. Rook. Barneveld, December

 

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And the one for a brighter future...

 

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Tdgraves

Funnily enough @PeterHGI also need a rook for this year, but I haven't seen any for ages....

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Well done on reaching 350 Peter, a great achievement!

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on a magnificent total Peter!

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Galana

Congratulations on 350. 100s of Rooks around here at the moment. I would have been willing to do a trade.:P

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shazdwn

Congratulations Peter, a very impressive haul indeed

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Congratulations on finding a Rook on a clear blue sky, @PeterHG:D! It surely is showing us what 2021 will looked like. And congrats on reaching #350!

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Kitsafari

Congrats on the 350th - an excellent effort in a dreadful year! 

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Thank you @Tdgraves, @TonyQ, @Peter Connan, @Galana, @shazdwn, @xelas, @Kitsafari!

 

I saw some beautiful graphs , shown by @Galanaand @Tdgraveswith an overview of their scores in recent year and as (again) I had nothing better to do, I decided to create one for myself. The nice thing about it is that it made clear to me that the past dreadful year had left me with a record score for the home country. I hadn't realized that and adds just a little different perspective to the limitations of 2020 :)

 

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pedro maia

Congrats on 350 Peter, a bog number for this year.

 

By the way, you should fix the legend on your graphic ;).

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8 hours ago, pedro maia said:

you should fix the legend on your graphic 

Ah thank you, @pedro maia! I must have unconsciously tried to get the home score a little closer to yours....:D. Having said that, though, I should try and keep a truer score of the Netherlands next year. I did not include the ones I had already seen and posted for South Africa, so the real count was closer to 170. Well, more good intentions for 2021 ;)

 

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michael-ibk

The graphs seem to be all the rage this year! Well done on getting to #350 Peter, a good number to end this year. Love the Bearded Reedling, quite an artsy shot!:D And love the Whooper, very special birds here, and with Germany closed off I fear I will miss them in 2021.

 

Hope to see you again in the BY21?

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Zim Girl

Great total to finish on Peter, and good home country score too!

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