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Kalaharikind: the quest continues


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I ended up with a grand :unsure: total of 173 birds for BY 2021 - 33 of them lifers. The goal for this year is 200 birds -  if Chobe and the Zambezi region are on the itinerary, it should be possible. If not, then probably not...


Anyway, the year is still young and fresh and anything is possible. 


The man with the white beard who dresses in red and falls down chimneys did not bring me a new toy [perhaps you should have tried asking, Kalharikind], so the quest will be undertaken with the Dinkytoy (Nikon's D3200), Her Preciousness (Sigma's 150-600mm) and my trusty steed, the nominally white RAV. It's dusty and muddy more often than not, the way it was made to look.


A trip to the Bossieveld on NY's afternoon kept the RAV in its dusty and muddy condition.


1) Levaillant's Cisticola          Vleitinktinkie          Cisticola tinniens



1 Vleitinktinkie Bossieveld Jan22 (183).jpg



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2) Blue Crane          Bloukraanvoel          Grus paradisea








The male was trying to impress the female, but it seemed that his heart wasn't really in it. They were too far away for decents shots, so I left after a few minutes to give them some privacy...

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3) Pied Crow          Witborskraai          Corvus albus




4) White-necked Raven          Withalskraai          Corvus albicollis




There seemed to be some sort of aerial combat going on between the crows and the raven, with lots of squawking and dive-bombing and general raucousness above the Blue Cranes - no wonder our Romeo was out of sorts...

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Spur-winged Geese and Yelow-billed Ducks in flight and on Terra Firma


5) Spur-winged Goose          Wilde Makou          Plectropterus gambensis

6) Yellow-billed Duck          Geelbekeend          Anas undulata





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While I was at the dam where the spurwing/duck pics were taken, a farmer drove up - his wife saw the car, thought I might have a mechanical problem and sent him to have look and give a hand. He promptly invited me home, and I was able to add a few more birds that I would've been unable to do from the road.


7) Crowned Lapwing          Kroonkiewiet          Vanellus coronatus




8) Greater Striped Swallow          Grootstreepswael          Cecropis cucullata





No match for the gusting winds:

9) Cape Wagtail          Gewone Kwikkie          Motacilla capensis




10) Southern Red Bishop          Rooivink          Euplectes orix




I was also treated to these




and this



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11) Karoo Scrub Robin          Slangverklikker          Cercotrichas coryphoeus






12) Southern Fiscal          Fiskaallaksman          Lanius collaris 



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13) Egyptian Geese          Kolganse          Alopochen aegyptiaca






And I haven't lost my EBC skills: here's a collection of ABC: Yellow-Billed Ducks, Red-billed Teal, either Hottentot Teal or Maccao Duck, Cape Shoveller, Blacksmith Lapwings, Red-knobbed Coot. You're welcome to add to the list:D 




Nota bad result for a short drive - I think I covered about 4 'birding kilometres'. The one bird that I was sure I would find and that's always willing to pose for as long as necessary, the African Stonechat, was in no mood to play model and flew off as soon as I stopped. Oh well, next time.


And yes, I did spot the dreaded African Pipit on an open field, but it was too much of an EBS - even I baulked at posting it. 

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Off to a flying start

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Great start! That looks like a really beautiful area.

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Very nice start!

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Dare I say it? A flying start!

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great start to staking a claim in 2022!

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A flying start like this, @Galana?




But, yes, I've probably already exceeded my 2021 BIF count. Getting the numbers is easy early in the competition year - every bird is a possibility. And it's summer...


Thanks, @shazdwn, @Kitsafari@michael-ibk and @Peter Connan! Early days yet, in more sense than one... Excited about what the year will bring, bird-wise 


And @michael-ibkI'm really privileged to live in a beautiful part of the country.

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nice start to the Year, good luck on the 200 goal.

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A great start towards your 200!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Thank you @TonyQand @elefromoz- I may well need luck to get to 200: it seems our Namibia trip may be confined to southern Namibia. Birding there is much less productive than in the northern parts. Oh well, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. It is just a game, no?


Last one from the Bossieveld: 

14) Red-billed Teal          Rooibekeend          Anas erythrorhyncha




January has been a good month - because summer - for birding from home:


15) African Harrier Hawk/Gymnogene          Kaalwangvalk          Polyboroides typus





And in the EBIFC section: 

16) African Fish Eagle          Visarend          Haliaeetus vocifer




17) Southern Masked Weaver          Swartkeelgeelvink          Ploceus velatus




18) Southern Double-collared Sunbird          Kleinrooibandsuikerbekkie          Cinnyris chalybeus 




and Junior: 




19) Fiscal Flycatcher          Fiskaalvlieevanger          Melaenornis silens 




We've had a bumper crops of chicks this year. Here are the twins. (Fugly pipe courtesy of a fibre company.)



20) Southern Boubou          Suidelike Waterfiskaal          Laniarius ferrugineus



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I'll be using your BY to brush up on some of the species I hope to see when I visit SA in August although I guess I'm choosing the worst time of year to visit bird wise?

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