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    Trip Reports:
    Tanzania 2011 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/10294-tanzania-2011-my-first-safari-ever/)
    Northern Circuit 09/11

    India 2012 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/10565-india-november-2012/)
    Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Corbett 11/12

    Brazil 2013 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/11651-brazil-september-2013/)
    Pantanal North, Iguacu 09/13

    Botswana 2014 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/12546-kwandos-green-season/)
    Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan, Kwara & Kwando Concession 03/14

    Kenya 2014 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/13241-from-meru-to-mara/)
    Meru, Samburu, Aberdares, Nakuru, Mara 09/14

    India 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/14359-stripes-of-wild-india/)
    Kaziranga, Kanha, Pench, Tadoba 03/15

    Kenya 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/14605-majestic-moorlands-peaks-and-falls-a-return-to-the-aberdares/)
    Aberdares, Solio, Ol Pejeta 06/15

    Zimbabwe 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/15467-mana-magic-and-hwange-highlights/)
    Mana Pools: Kanga Camp, Chitake Springs, Flood Plains; Hwange NP 10/15

    South Africa 2016 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/16424-blue-cape-white-waters-red-dunes/)
    Cape Town, De Hoop, Bontebok NP, Augrabies Falls, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 05/2016

    Rwanda and Kenya 2016 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/17027-a-thousand-hills-a-million-smiles-gentle-giants-a-rwanda-and-kenya-safari/)
    Rwanda: Akagera NP, Volcanoes NP
    Kenya: Masai Mara, Mara Triangle, Kakamega NP, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria NP, Solio, Aberdares NP

    Ethiopia 2017 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/17671-above-the-clouds-exploring-ethiopia%C2%B4s-extraordinary-endemics/)
    Guassa, Awash, Ali Deghe, Abiata Shalla, Lake Langano, Bale Mountains, Lake Awasa, Senkelle

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  1. Congratulations, Peter. All great new shots but I love the Helmetshrike most.
  2. @xelas I know of at least one place in Carinthia with Bearded Tits, only one hour driving time from Ljubljana - Maria Elend.
  3. Pen, we did Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra with a driver, then went by train to Bandhavgarh, by car from there to Kanha, by plane to Delhi (via Raipur), and then drove up North to Corbett. Almost three weeks. We used Nature Safari India and were very happy with them. On our second trip we used Wild World India (the company Janzin and many others have also used) and would go with them again. Second time around we didn´t really do cultural sights at all (apart from a day in Delhi) but concentrated fully on wildlife (Kaziranga, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba). As mentioned before flights really are cheap, so it´s not too difficult to get around in India to reach the National Parks. Just googled Nagpur - Delhi to cite an example, the flight is around EUR 60,-- both ways. Kanha and Tadoba would probably be the most convenient ones for you since it does not take too long getting there from the respective airports. (From memory about 3-4 hours from Nagpur to Tadoba, and slightly longer, about 5 hours from Raipur to Kanha and 4 hours from Jabalpur to Kanha - both are viable options.)
  4. Looks like a very interesting area indeed! Remarkable you saw Bar-Headed, I assume they can only be escapees, or is there a self-sustaining feral population in Italy?
  5. Hi Pen, given that you are kind of moving around the "Golden Triangle" area (no Jaipur?) Ranthambore certainly makes the most sense. Sariska is also pretty close but I have no information about the quality of sightings there. Ranthambore - still very good sightings from what I´ve heard but you need to make sure you get into one of the good zones. Some areas (I remember 7, 8) are pretty forgettable and you won´t see much there. "The best" is relative, of course. I love Kanha, and Bandhavgarh is also excellent for Tigers. Tadoby, I guess, is still the place with the most Tiger sightings right now. Inter-India flights are cheap, and you can also travel from Agra to Bandhavgarh by train (we did that on our first India trip).
  6. Fantastic photography as usual Geoff, really enjoying this report. And it seems that once again South Luangwa has really lived up to its reputation as a Leopard hotspot.
  7. Agree, it´s just so cool seeing them doing what they are famous for.
  8. I have the "Birds of Southern Africa" app but also the Princeton book, and the Princeton Photographic Field guide.
  9. Hm, on second thought I have to reconsider, Nxai Pan is a bit more South than the the distribution map shows for Bearded - not much though. I had excluded White-Browed Scrub-Robin because they have a streaked breast, but then I read there´s the subspecies ovamboensis (Namibia to NW-Zim) which has an unstriped buffy breast and "could be confused with Bearded" according to the book. So that´s probably the better guess.
  10. @africawild Sounds amazing, I´m looking forward to your report, especially to seeing pictures of Mana during and after those rains.
  11. Welcome back, Paco, glad to hear you had a good time and the torrential rainfall did not ruin your safari. Sorry you missed the dogs on the plains, did you get them in Chitake? I heard you had some special sightings there. Did you go to Kanga also?
  12. I think your early morning visitor is probably a Bearded Scrub-Robin. Great sightings in Nxai Pan!
  13. I´m not quite convinced this is a Scarlet-Chested. Facial pattern pretty much as in the book but belly does not look quite right. And shouldn´t the bill be just a tad longer? I have one from Kenya which definitely is a female Scarlet-Chested and it looks quite different, see photo below. But I´m afraid I can´t come up with a better guess. Amethyst only occurs in Southern Somalia according to Birds of the Horn of Africa. I considered Beautiful Sunbird. Immature male has a black throat, pretty short bill and tail, and also has that somewhat chunky look. But Lalibela is 2500 m above sea level and Beautiful Sunbirds are not supposed to occur that high up. Also, the belly on a Beautiful should look paler, a bit yellowish. Considering place (Lalibela) and altitude, only the following Sunbirds could be candidates: Tacazze (very common in Ethiopia, but quite a big Sunbird, and no black throat) Malachite (immature male may have black throat but looks quite different) Scarlet-Chested (possible) Shining Sunbird (immature has a blackish throat but belly should be more whitish) Olive (no black throat) Variable (no black throat) So I´d reluctantly go with immature female Scarlet-Chested - and will call @Galana
  14. I´m looking forward to your report, all the practical advice is very helpful. And don´t worry, your English is absolutely fine. (At least to another non-native speaker like me. )
  15. Welcome back, Peter, glad to hear you had a great time, and looking forward to your new conquests!

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