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  2. Congrats on 350 - looks like you’ll beat me in 2017....
  3. 356) Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus It was a Saturday morning in the park and there were half a dozen courting couples ( behaving correctly I might add) sitting on park benches dotted around the place. I only had a comparatively small 100-400mm lens but you feel very self conscious especially when you are hanging around in the undergrowth! It was with some relief i spotted a Black Drongo out in the open and so could demonstrate what I was trying to photograph!
  4. 355) Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus Another Flycatcher in the same area, it too in deep shade.
  5. 354) Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda While chasing the Flycatcher I came across this Treepie. I had seen one and photographed it badly earlier in the trip so this was a bonus too.
  6. 353) Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis Took a while to catch up with this one flitting around the undergrowth but it was worth the effort...a lifer!
  7. Well done on reaching 350- a great achievement. And I would expect you to take full advantage of the local park
  8. 352) House Crow Corvus splendens
  9. 351) Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis
  10. 350) Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense This park turned in to a little gem
  11. 349) Jungle Babbler Turdoides striata After travelling 000's of miles and 29 night's stopovers covering 7 countries my tally stood at 28 birds ID'd and captured on camera. I'd seen quite a few more, usually glimpses from the coaches we travelled on but it was a disappointing haul. On our last day we had been put up in an airport hotel far from the centre of Delhi and we decided to have a chill day. Claire by the pool , me, well I'd spotted a small local park so off I went to investigate as I'd seen a Babbler when we'd driven past.
  12. @Sitatunga 95 Please have a wonderful trip because Pendjari is an up and coming safari destination. I might even visit it myself someday.
  13. 348) White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis I saw lots of these sat on wires along the roadside and had thought I'd have to settle for one of those grab shots until I found this one and the third loo stop capture! A well spent 15 minutes!
  14. 347) Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis Turned in to a profitable loo stop!
  15. There were also large flocks of black birds at Rame Head, that I had just assumed were crows. I paid no more attention to them, not looking with bins or taking any proof shots. It was only when I got home and looked at my book, that I discovered that ravens occur there and could easily have been the black birds that we saw today’s lesson - always take a proof shot. To that end, I am annoyed that I can find no such proof shot of the spur-winged geese that we saw in matusadona or a myna bird from South Africa...
  16. 346) Red-wattled lapwing Vanellus indicus This is a very common species in India it seems and I saw them in the strangest places from the fountains in front of the Parliament buildings in Delhi to a pair I saw at a loo stop on the motorway between Jaipur and Delhi. Very confiding, I got some half decent images using my 24-105mm lens but as I have put up some dodgy photos so far I'll add my bestest!
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  18. 345) Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis Checking on the Myna's reminded me I saw a tree full of these in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. We were only there for 20 minutes for a flying visit to the Orchid House but whilst everyone else was looking at orchids I wasn't.
  19. 344) Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus Realising I saw two different Mynas in India and the Far East had me checking these again and I'm happy to say it's yet a third species. Seen in Singapore's Botanical gardens.
  20. @mtanenbaum Have a wonderful trip. I presume CHEX is the habituation experience. We went to Kibale about 12 years ago- no habituation experience then, and camera technology much less advanced. As you say, the light in the forest will be difficult, and part of the difficulty is that it can be very variable. Sometimes it is very dark, by you can also get patches of bright sun. Chimps can move quickly (so you will then need a reasonable shutter speed), and the will move between different levels of light. If you are there for the day then overall brightness will also vary during the day. I think that in some of the dark patches, ISO 1000 will not be high enough to allow a reasonable shutter speed, but in some conditions it might be. You can can use exposure compensation when they are in trees, but the amount needed will depend on if the light is behind the animal or in front of it. I take a guess, check and readjust - sometimes before the animal is in the tree. I would suggest that you will have to change settings if you are following chimps during the day as it is unlikely that one set up will cope with all conditions. My strong recommendation is that every day between now and when you leave, you practice changing the main settings- ISO, shutter speed, aperture and compensation. You don't need to be taking pictures, you just need to be as familiar as posssible with how to change. That lowers the stress of changing in the forest and allows you to enjoy the experience. have a great trip.
  21. Hi, I trekked the chimps in Kibale in September of this year. The hike was fine, not too strenuous, but I found the chimps the most difficult to photograph after having experienced the golden monkies and gorillas in Rwanda. The chimps stayed high up in the trees and barely showed their faces. Then there were the sun issues you alluded to. I used a 300 prime lens set at f4. I used auto ISO and set a maximum of 1600. Anything above that and there is too much noise. i did sometimes deliberately overexpose to freeze some of the movement. I also tried to change position if there was backlighting. I presume your camera can shoot raw?
  22. 343) Common Myna Acrdotheres tristis I saw these everywhere we went , just a case of choosing a shot that wasn't a spec in the distance. This one was in Vietnam.
  23. 342) House Swift Apus Affinis Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  24. @Doug Macdonald Roy and I know this is a new beginning for Zim. I am sure it will take time to recover, but it’s clear that Zimbabweans are equipped to survive and thrive. It’ll be great to see England take a few wickets off Zim soon 😏
  25. Baie dankie, that was a great report on a fabulous report!
  26. @TonyQ @Peter Connan Thank you to both of you! It was a real pleasure.
  27. Well done on exceeding 350! Some more great photos.
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