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Good luck @@Alexander33 we saw a marina trogon many years ago at Phinda but nearly as much fun was seeing 2 separate vehicles playing taped calls of the bird and getting increasingly excited until they met!

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I'm looking forward to the bird life when we are at Phinda in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa this September. Narina Trogon as well as any kingfishers (Malachite especially) and sunbirds are on my wish list. Also, after seeing @ Peter Connan's spectacular photograph of the black egret in an umbrella formation while hunting, how about one of those, too?

I just found my list of Phinda's star birds you can look out for.

 

In order

1 Rudd's Apalis - endemic to Southeast African coast

2 Neergarrd's Sunbird - endemic to Southeast African coast

3 Southern Banded Snake-Eagle

4 African Broadbill

5 Pink-throated Twinspot (my personal fav on the list) - endemic to Southeast African coast

6 Narina Trogon

7 Lemon-breasted Canary - endemic to Southeast African coast

8 African finfoot

9 White-backed Night-heron

10 Rosy-throated Longclaw

 

There is a bird mentioned by @@inyathi in his Guyana report--the Scarlet Ibis.

 

"The scarlet ibis is a bird that is definitely worth getting up early in the morning to see even when as in this case there’s only one, there are doubtless much better places in Venezuela or Trinidad places where you can see whole flocks roosting in the mangroves but even just seeing this one bird was pretty special."

 

I think seeing one would indeed by pretty special.

 

 

@@Atravelynn

 

Yikes! I just saw this. And a good thing I did, as well. We leave a month from yesterday, and I now have my well-vetted Atravelynn's Top Ten List for Phinda birds to take with. Couldn't have done a better job if I tried. Send good vibes our way for vehicle mates that are willing to stop for a few minutes for something feathered in addition to all the other attractions that may be out there.

 

Vibes have been sent, it will take a month from yesterday for them to arrive. Right on time!

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Samburu Superb Starling



~ Photographed on 22 July, 2015 at 3:19 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.



ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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There's no bird which more tells me that I'm back in Kenya on safari than a Superb Starling. From the first safari in August, 2011 to the present, sighting a Superb Starling is a thrill.



Yes, they're ubiquitous. Numerous times I've mistakenly thought I'd sighted ararity only to be calmly told by Anthony “It's another Superb Starling”. Such is life on safari.



Nevertheless, I like their cheeky character and over-the-top satin finery, shining under bright equatorial skies. This starling was the first sighting after entering Samburu in July, 2016.


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Lynn, just saw your post above - the rosy throated longclaw is really really small and quick - I failed in my attempt to get a decent picture last year in Bots.

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Samburu Superb Starling

 

~ Photographed on 22 July, 2015 at 3:19 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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There's no bird which more tells me that I'm back in Kenya on safari than a Superb Starling. From the first safari in August, 2011 to the present, sighting a Superb Starling is a thrill.

 

Yes, they're ubiquitous. Numerous times I've mistakenly thought I'd sighted ararity only to be calmly told by Anthony “It's another Superb Starling”. Such is life on safari.

 

Nevertheless, I like their cheeky character and over-the-top satin finery, shining under bright equatorial skies. This starling was the first sighting after entering Samburu in July, 2016.

 

Tom, what a stunningly superb photo!

One day, I would love to see one myself.

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Tom, what a stunningly superb photo!

One day, I would love to see one myself.

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

What?! Superb starlings don't live in South Africa?

I didn't realize that. As many mammal species range over much of sub-Saharan Africa, I muddle-headedly supposed Superb Starlings did likewise.

They're a striking bird, no matter how many times observed. Small flocks of them turn up out in the middle of nowhere.

Chatterboxes, they put their vocal abilities to full use throughout the day.

Many thanks for your kind comment.

I hope that you and your family do someday have an opportunity to drive through East Africa to see them firsthand.

Tom K.

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@@Tom Kellie, while we have several different Starling species here, the Superb is not one of them.

 

The behaviour you describe does however tie in exactly with a number of our local Starlings, but I guess the closest we have is the Cape Glossy in terms of it's almost ubiquitous presence.

 

A beautiful bird in it's own right, it's a poor showing when compared to the Superb.

 

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@@Tom Kellie, while we have several different Starling species here, the Superb is not one of them.

 

The behaviour you describe does however tie in exactly with a number of our local Starlings, but I guess the closest we have is the Cape Glossy in terms of it's almost ubiquitous presence.

 

A beautiful bird in it's own right, it's a poor showing when compared to the Superb.

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

The Cape Glossy Starling looks mighty fine to me!

If I happen to spot one next month, I'll think of you, who first mentioned it to me.

That one starling species behaves similarly to another reinforces their ‘starling-ness’, which is comparable to Plato's ‘theory of forms’.

Thanks for posting the image, which may well be of use one month hence.

Tom K.

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Tom, if you don't see at least one in Sabi Sands, I will eatr my hat.

 

Guess I'd better go make a chocolate hat and put it in the freezer so long...

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Tom, if you don't see at least one in Sabi Sands, I will eatr my hat.

 

Guess I'd better go make a chocolate hat and put it in the freezer so long...

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

My eyes will be open...

Tom K.

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Woodland kingfisher for me - i Love his call in the Bush. Sounds of africa.close Second is the Fish eagle and ground Hornbill.

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GW , the Martial eagle is my favorite bird,as it is very rare here in SA and the rest of Africa.While out on my trips I always keep a look out for them.

A&M, go to Kenya. I nearly always see them there. Last March, Ol pejeta, there were a pair we found regularly along the Ewaso nyiro river not far from the Bridge.

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I would have love, love, loved to have seen flamingos in Tanzania. They were at Lake Manyara but merely a pink haze on the horizon. Hopefully another time!!

 

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I have a long list of dream birds which I would love to see on safari. I would love to see a lammergeier and of course a shoebill stork. I'm going to post a list of all my dream birds on Safaritalk because there are so many of them.

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