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61 (SA 55) Squacco Heron. Marievale, January. A a great distance, but the only one I saw on my SA trip. 

 

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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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60(SA 54). South African Shelduck. Marievale, January

 

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61 (SA 55) Pied Starling. January. I can't really remember where I took this shot...

 

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62 (SA 56) African Spoonbill. Marievale, January. Judging from the last photo there is a spelling discrepancy between the signs in the reserve and the way it is spelled in online documentation.

 

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63 (SA 57) Red-billed Teal. Marievale, January.

 

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64 (SA 58). Cape Longclaw. Marievale, January.

 

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65 (SA 59). Purple Gallinule. Marievale, January. That, I think, concludes our day with @Peter Connan at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary. We saw 63 species and thoroughly enjoyed both the location and the company. (the count has been rectified after the double herons I posted...)

 

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Marievale /Marivale certainly seems to deliver.

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xelas
30 minutes ago, Soukous said:

Marievale /Marivale certainly seems to deliver.

 It can be, but I think the main reason for us having a great birding day there was the fact we have been guided by @Peter Connan.

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Galana
2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

but the only one I saw on my SA trip. 

Maybe that accounts for it appearing twice as 46 & 61??:D

Along with its black  dusky cousin at 45/60. ;)

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Thank you for the compliments @PeterHG and @xelas. I don't believe it's true though. The birds are there (or not), and there's only really one road...

 

Really lovely shots Peter!

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1 hour ago, Galana said:

Maybe that accounts for it appearing twice as 46 & 61??:D

Along with its black  dusky cousin at 45/60. ;)

Ah, you are right, of course. I had posted both before....:wub:. "Age is a sorry traveling companion..." I'll rectify the numbers

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2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

"Age is a sorry traveling companion...

Tell me about it.

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@PeterHG, what a great day at Marievale, 60+ (birds not years, all this talk of "age") with excellent photos too..

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Dave Williams

Catch up time here today as well. Some excellent shots here Peter. 

No 45 and 60 look rather familiar!

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Do keep up Mr Tortoise!:P

 

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66 (SA 60) Sombre Greenbul. Marloth Park, January

 

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67 (SA 61) Village Indigobird. Marloth Park, February

 

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68 (SA 62). Yellow-billed Kite. Kruger, February

 

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69 (SA 63) Southern Ground Hornbill. Kruger, February. Although their numbers are declining we saw them on 3 different occasions.

 

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70 (SA 64) Brown Snake Eagle. Kruger, February. A beautiful raptor with captivating eyes.

 

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71 (SA 65) Long-crested Eagle. Kruger, February. Seen only once.

 

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72 (SA 66). Green Wood-hoopoe. Kruger, February.

 

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73 (SA 67) Black Stork. Kruger, February

 

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74 (SA 68). Lesser Masked Weaver. Kruger, February. Less common that its cousin, the Southern Masked Weaver.

 

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