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  1. Congratulations on reaching 200. Some really beautiful birds in these last sections!
  2. A fascinating section with beutiful photos. Whatever you did with your camera certainly worked! I am really enjoying reading about this region.
  3. Congratulations on the magic 300 - and what a fine bird to achieve it! It has been a real pleasure following your thread.
  4. Well done with the Hen Harrier - you did really well with that. Great to see the Short-eared Owl as well. It looks like the trip to Scotland was very productive, even if the weather didn't always cooperate.
  5. Aardvark and Pangolin - great stuff!
  6. @xelas As a beginner birder - I like @Dave Williams identification method! My book shows the female Mallard and Gadwall looking very similar. It points out that the orange on the bill of the Gadwall is broader than on the Mallard, with the orange stripe almost up to the nostril. It looks convincing in the book, but is harder to see the difference with real birds, and I am sure you get a lot of individual variation. I am sure it is also more difficult with the juvenile!
  7. Great photos from Scotland!
  8. If it is a Tip then $250 is absurdly high. According to the monthly wage of a "Highly skilled" worker in Tanzania is about $450.
  9. I have not stayed in Porini camps, so have no feeling for or against - other than information from Safaritalk. However I did stay in some excellent camps in Kenya last year. In one, we talked with the managers about using information from Expert Africa and ATR. They asked how we saw the differences. We thought that Expert Africa had a lot of information about the typical day in camp, routines, as well as level of comfort etc. The ATR site had a lot of good photos. The managers said that ATR didn't stay in their camp, or go on a game drive. They turned up, walked around taking photos and left. Obviously we have no way of verifying that but that is what was reported. (We had booked through Expert Africa) I would (and have) asked the agent if they have stayed in the camp. The Expert Africa staff we spoke to were very knowlegable and had spent a lot of time in Kenya. We felt that when we talked about the difference between a couple of camps we were considering they were able to compare them on features that may or may not suit us (not saying one was better than the other as they rated them both very highly). They were also able to talk about the quality of guiding, and knew the names of individual guides. We have not used ATR so I am not saying that their staff could not give give equally good advice. Much of it will be down to opinion, of course. But as @Soukous suggests, we need to research from many different sources, not just rely on the opinion of one company.
  10. Thank you @michael-ibk and @Atravelynn for an excellent report - and a wonderful round up at the end. That last photo certainly shows a good spirit. I amsure you will enjoy your next trip together!
  11. A superb report -great photography, engaging writing and your enthusiasm shines through. You saw a remarkable selection of wildlife. The huge herd of Wildebeest is amazing. It looks like an excellent first safari - and I suspect not your last! I think the behaviour of that white van is shocking- tha animals have a tough enough time without an idiot behaving like that.
  12. A great Meerkat sequence - a lovely photo of you with a very big smile! The Pangolin is a really special sighting as well.
  13. It looks like you had a great trip. The aardwolf is wonderful - and the Roan so beautiful. Great that your husband could come with you (or you could go with him ). It looks like you made a good choice with your new camera - excellent results.
  14. Congratulations on a superb 400. And a fine bird to reach that magic number!
  15. Wonderful photos of the Kestrel to make your 300. Congratulations - and good luck for the 350!

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