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  1. I noticed from @Peter Connan's thread that this is the 5th year we've been doing this 'Big Year' thing. It took a couple of years to get going but now it certainly seems to have grabbed some interest. Brilliant. In the past I've been a really slow starter and relied on a late surge to even get into triple figures, so this year I thought I would try and start a bit better. so here are a couple from my garden, photographed in the wind and rain - 'cos we've had a fair bit of that. #1 Long Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) Suffolk. Jan 2018
  2. @Dave Williams your lapwing is so much nicer than mine. You've really caught the plumage well.
  3. #10 Bar Tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018 the colour of the bill suggests that this is a young bird
  4. #9 Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  5. #8 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  6. #7 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  7. #6 Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  8. #5 Wigeon (Anas penelope) River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  9. #4 Teal (Anas crecca) River Deben, Suffolk. UK. Jan 2018
  10. #3 Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018 Also from my garden, this time taken through the window
  11. #2 Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018
  12. that one is easy @inyathi it's a black bird
  13. looks a lot like a Blyth's Reed Warbler @Dave Williams
  14. No-one will ever accuse you of not being thorough @inyathi
  15. Looks like you're off to a flying start Dave. Well done. I expect I'll be choking on your dust all year.
  16. Oh crikey. 2017 is already flying past and I'm just getting around to posting my first birds. It has been a slow start but hopefully a trip to Botswana in May will help me get my numbers up. In the meantime here are a few to get my ball rolling. Robin (Erithacus Rubecula)
  17. Here's my two cents worth. I personally think that there is a lot to be said for wildlife reserves that are not dependent on tourism income for their continued survival. By detaching themselves from dependence on tourism, they also free themselves from the need to cow tow to social media and those who are outraged at any mention of sustainable use. One thing which is abundantly clear, both from my own observations in Majete and from the information presented by @douglaswise, is that Majete needs very close management. It is not a sprawling reserve where the wildlife can be left to sort itself out. As a relatively small fenced reserve there will need to be regular human interference if the necessary balance between species and habitat is to be maintained. This does mean that Majete will be a more expensive reserve to manage and run than many others. It's location and habitat are not ideal for tourism. Tourists tend to prefer reserves where the animals are much easier to locate and watch. Even when tourists are looking to go somewhere new, or away from the crowds, I doubt that Majete will be a favourite. It is too isolated. Another of AP's parks, Zakouma, is certainly much harder to access, but the abundance of wildlife there and the ease with which it can be viewed has moved it to the top of many wildlife enthusiast's wish list. Majete simply does not have the same allure. The wildlife is varied, but not easy to photograph and the bird species are not abundant enough to make it a 'must visit' for birders. I think that Majete's real potential for success lies in in the area of community involvement. As @douglaswise has noted, it is one reserve where the local community have not been deprived of land to enable its creation and it is providing a variety of benefits. Somehow, and I don't know exactly how so don't ask, I think AP could find a way to develop a model of a wildlife reserve that is demonstrably run for the benefit of surrounding communities. I don't think this will necessarily bring mass tourism, but it will be appealing to donors and it will also be a model that African governments could embrace.
  18. Well that's it for 2017. I'm very disappointed I didn't even manage to reach 200 birds. On the positive side though, it has been fantastic to see so many more people taking part in the Big Year in 2017 and so many terrific photos. On to 2018 now.
  19. The only reason I put it in was because I saw them in a wildlife reserve. I could have photographed them on the next door farm any time.
  20. #194 Tawny Flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) Majete NP, Malawi. Nov 2017 The ID on this bird is by no means certain, but until someone comes up with a better suggestion I'm calling it a Tawny Flanked Prinia. (Thanks @Galago )
  21. #193 Goose (Anser anser domesticus) Minsmere, Suffolk, UK. Dec 2017
  22. #192 Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) Minsmere, Suffolk, UK. Dec 2017 Male ( with knob at base of bill) Female (no knob on bill)
  23. #191 Wigeon (Anas penelope) Minsmere, Suffolk, UK. Dec 2017
  24. #190 Magpie (Pica pica) Minsmere, Suffolk, UK Dec 2017

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