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So, it looks as it is just me and @Peter Connan who are late to the BY 2020 party, although I know that we have both been working on it! Am nearly finished with my last TR and there are 10000 photos to process from KTP, but it is easy to look at the beginning and end of the trip....

 

I think that I will have a smaller total this year. No trip to the States and nothing booked for Autumn as yet, but who knows??

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I was looking for somewhere different to go for a walk yesterday and as luck would have it, it was the day that Grafham water had reopened. This had its' downsides though, a couple of trails were very

Grafham water, Cambridgeshire, 2/6/20   Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/2000   7T4A4726a by tdgraves, on Flickr   148) Common chaffinch

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When we landed in JNB a couple of weeks ago, I needed to find somewhere close to have lunch where the car (and all it's contents would be safe) and that would be vaguely en route to our first overnight stop, in Delaryville. It was @xelas TR that reminded me that we have not been to the botanical gardens for years and this fitted my criteria. It was hot and the middle of the day, so not a great total, but a lovely spot for some lunch and a post 17 hour flight (we went via Doha) walk, with the added bonus of a few birds, most of which we would not get in the KTP. Alas, we did not get to see the Verreaux's eagles, although they were around.

 

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 500, f7.1, 1/1000

 

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1) Southern masked weaver

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

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2) Karoo thrush

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/640

 

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3) Hadeda ibis

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2000, f5.6, 1/200

 

49506134226_d03218b2d5_o.jpgJ19A0298 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2500, f5.6, 1/1250

 

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4) Southern boubou

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/800

 

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5) Egyptian goose

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 320, f7.1, 1/1000, EV +1

 

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6) Red-eyed dove

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 640, f5.6, 1/320

 

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7) Dark-capped bulbul

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Nice BY start, looking forward for the KTP birds.

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Excellent start. Good to see you are in again.

Number 7, wow!

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a fine start with much more to go from JNB/KTB! the birds seemed so close in walter sisulu. 

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Welcome to the party @Tdgraves, and congratulations for joining the Magnificent 7 ( I think there are only 3 of us)

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Nice shots, but I'm sure there must be more from Wally's Special Bird Garden?

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14 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

Nice shots, but I'm sure there must be more from Wally's Special Bird Garden?


nope!

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Crumbs, that's a bit dissapointing...

 

But with 10k photos, sounds like you made up for it in the Kgalagadi.

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On 2/8/2020 at 3:42 PM, Tdgraves said:

So, it looks as it is just me and @Peter Connan who are late to the BY 2020 party, although I know that we have both been working on it! Am nearly finished with my last TR and there are 10000 photos to process from KTP, but it is easy to look at the beginning and end of the trip....

 

I think that I will have a smaller total this year. No trip to the States and nothing booked for Autumn as yet, but who knows??

 

Not noticed eh? 

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31 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

 

Not noticed eh? 


Is that a sneaky admission @Dave Williams ? I blame travel lag...

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Now I apologise in advance for some of these, the cloud cover was very dense and it rained at points....

 

We had driven past this place 3 times en route to the KTP and I had made a mental note to investigate further. When we would not be spending our first night in JNB this time, the drive to Delareyville is easily doable from the airport, making the next days' driving shorter and with the added bonus of a few extra birds. As you can imagine, it is not tourist central, so the choice of accommodation was rather limited, however, we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of our B&B, only 10 mins drive form the pan and will definitely return.

 

Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2500, f5.6, 1/2000

 

49510867812_5086baf31b_o.jpgJ19A0330 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

8) Pink-backed pelican

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/1600

 

49510868417_849d4edbb1_o.jpgJ19A0336 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

9) African darter

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 640, f5.6, 1/2500

 

49510868837_9a8a3aee5c_o.jpgJ19A0342 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/3200

 

49510133488_028e9bc167_o.jpgJ19A0382 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

10) Caspian tern

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/3200

 

49510129968_e359114673_o.jpgJ19A0348 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

11) White-breasted cormorant

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 640, f5.6, 1/1600

 

49510870047_6db90c008e_o.jpgJ19A0352 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

12) Greater flamingo

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 640, f5.6, 1/800

 

49510131168_91ba44c436_o.jpgJ19A0358 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

13) Cattle egret

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Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa, 18/1/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/1000

 

49510872312_310f4543e9_o.jpgJ19A0366 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/1000

 

49510134008_0698b86492_o.jpgJ19A0386 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

14) Black-winged stilit

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