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  1. Quiet day so the last of the "C"s, a left over stray from the 'Chats.' and one beginning with P that maybe should be served up with the Warblers. 239. Northern Crombec. Ithumba camp, Tsavo East, Kenya. 240. Red-faced Crombec. Tarangire. TZ. 241. Banded Parisoma. Tarangire. 242. White-starred Robin. Kitulo NP. It was sitting nicely but in the shade and only viewable through the windscreen. I did get out of the car after these pics but it went deep so this is all I got.
  2. I totally agree. My list is still missing Common Kestrel amongst others. It certainly encourages more outings.
  3. @Dave Williams None of them are Martials. Here is a juv Martial.
  4. Maybe maybe not. Can tortoises gallop? Anyway here are "Corvids" plus some I could not find a better home for:- 231, Pied Crow. Location: Somewhere in Kenya. Come on who remembers a bloomn Pied Crow. 232. Indian House Crow. Voi. Kenya. 233. African Pied Wagtail. Looks like Elephant country. Tsavo? 234. Secretarybird. Tsavo. Kenya. 235. African Black-headed Oriole. Tandala Camp. Ruaha.TZ. 236. White-browed Coucal. Katavi National Park. TZ This one was in the plumbing at Tarangire Roika. 237. Greater Honeyguide. Adult and Juv . Tandala Camp, Ruaha.TZ 238. Pallid Honeyguide. Umani Springs. Kenya.
  5. If it "C" it must be the ultimate LBJs next. Cisticola. Have fun. 223. Tiny. Lake Chala. TZ 224. Wailing. Tarangire NP. TZ 225. Rattling. Tarangire. TZ 226. Stout. Tarangire. TZ 227. Piping or Neddicky. Roadside south of Ruaha. TZ. 228. Churring. Kitulo NP. TZ. 229. Winding. Katavi NP. TZ. 230. Chubb's. Ruhija, Uganda.
  6. As I said it is your thread and your guide's ID but there is only 2" (6cm) difference in size twixt Steppe and Tawny (not 50%). Then your "Tawny" shows a very long tail protruding far beyond the primaries when folded and no white bars in the primaries. Fear not you won't lose any points if I am correct (and I am open to challenge) as I don't think you have checked in with Booted Eagle yet. This would account for it appearing much smaller than either of the other two at only 20" as opposed to 29"-31". My suggestion is the 2nd bird is a juv Pale morph Booted Eagle but what do the others say?
  7. That's because I was looking for one with two "t"s. But that's another story.
  8. As you wish but different sizes usually mean male and female (30% larger) or even youngster with parent.
  9. Yup but Hares can breed like Rabbits and don't hibernate like Tortoises . I do have to endorse the comments on the great spirit on this Topic.
  10. Commonly called Aesop' Fables. As in the Tortoise and the Hare. As of now, 20.20 BST, it is blowing a fair bit. I am sure we have had worse but the night is young.The sea was impressive when we could see it. No ferries or flights. We had a German Guided Missile Frigate F219, anchored in the bay a while back and wondered if Frau Merkle was really worried about Brexit. Oops.
  11. Surely 288 is a Tawny? Check the gape.
  12. In the 'C's so lets have some "Chats" and their relatives:- 213. Cape Robin-Chat. Hotel Troy. Nairobi. 214. Red-capped Robin-chat. (Natal Robin). Umani Springs, Kenya. 215. Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin. Umani Springs. Kenya. 216. White-browed Scrub-Robin. Ithumba, Tsavo East. Kenya. 217. Nightingale. Lake Chala. Tanzania. 218. Capped Wheatear. Somewhere south of Ruaha NP. Tanzania. 00/12. No score but a substitute for the rubbish picture earlier. African Stonechat. 219a. Arnott's Chat. Or is it? There is a move afoot to split this and bring in a new species called Ruahensis based mainly on the plumage of the female. My view is closely akin to the birds song "fick!" or "fee!" 219b. This is the female at the root of the trouble. Ain't it always?? Katavi National Park. 220. Mocking (Cliff)-Chat). On the B8 north of Kisulu.Tanzania. 221. Red-throated Alethe. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Uganda. 222. Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat. Botanical Gardens, Entebbe. Very reluctant to show the crown but I did get it. Honest. OK. Here it is for the doubters.
  13. Careful boys. Read the Aesopica which I am sure covers such things..
  14. I suppose the logical conclusion would be for me to set up several cameras, nail all the Nightjars, crepusculars and Owls on one and do a "VisMig seawatch" with another while sitting in the BlackHorse with friends? I promise not to! Tsavo fees are now a more 'reasonable' $52 per day and wildlife in the far north is skittish but you can always try 'Plan B' as above.... Or....... The last one deserves a caption competition!!
  15. @Dave Williams I usually don't do trip reports as such but am happy to help answer any queries by PM or mail. I did a longish report a couple of years back for a longer trip through Kenya from Kakamega and Baringo down to Watamu which I can dig out for you. This trip was mainly a road tour through Tanzania on the way to Uganda and home. Kenya was just Kibwezi and Tsavo East to check on 'my' adopted Ellie Orphans as you do from time to time. Whilst birds did not exactly come 2nd, ellies had priority. So much so that on one occasion our fellow guests threatened to get out of the car and walk home if Emmy did not stop his Pearl spotted Owl impressions. Was it the ID of the Eagle Owl that should be challenged or the manner in which the photo was obtained? Still to come under "G":-

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