Soukous

Soukous - My Big year

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It may well turn out to be a big year but I'm starting small.

 

This is one of 3 Cape Wagtails that spent the last week bouncing around our lawn

 

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Klein Karoo, South Africa

 

Nikon D7100

Nikkor 300mm telephoto with 1.4x TC attached (420mm)

1/800s

f10

ISO1000

 

hand held

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so what you going to do to make it a big year ???

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so what you going to do to make it a big year ???

 

That's the $1,000,000 question isn't it.

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It may well turn out to be a big year but I'm starting small.

The Big Year - in Africa? Southern Africa? East Africa?

 

Is it an official competition?

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Yellow Billed Ducks

anas undulata

 

Klein Karoo

 

22 Feb 2014

 

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Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

 

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African Fish Eagle,

unfortunately I couldn't get any closer

 

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No raptors in my garden so I've started trying to photograph the little fellas.

A pair of Blue Tits are nesting in an old pump but they don't stay still for long

 

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the Blue Tit parents have been flying back and forth frantically over the past couple of day, trying to keep up with their chicks appetite.

 

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My Big Year has finally got a kick-start with the trip to Northumberland and the Farne Islands.

and, because I am sure there will be others posting great bird photos on existing Seabird GTG thread, I'm going to be selfish and post mine here.

 

Until you actually see it for yourself it is hard to imagine just how many seabirds there are

 

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Guillemot central

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We notice that some of the guillemots had fine white markings around their eyes.

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Kittywakes

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Almost as soon as you set foot on Inner Farne the Actic terns start dive bombing you

 

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Another highlight was the puffins. We were perhaps a bit early to see them in vast numbers as the majority were in their burrows but gorgeous birds none the less

 

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and finally Shags

 

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Love puffins

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the puffins are gorgeously cute!

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Very organised @@Soukous - I haven't even started processing any of my Farne Island photos! I love the colours on the blue tits.

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Posted (edited)

Here's a fairly random collection of birds photographed in Western Australia in June 2014. .... more to follow.

 

Anhinga Melanogaster

Australian Darter

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Metopidius gallinacea

Comb Crested Jacana

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Nettapus pulchellus

Green Pygmy Geese

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Pandion haliaetus

Osprey

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Milvus migrans

Black kite

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Calyptorhynchus banksii

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

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another Black Kite.

Pretty ubiquitous in northern WA

 

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and these guys, which I am pretty sure are Magpie Larks (Grallina cyanoleuca)

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Whistling Kite

Haliastur Sphenurus

 

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Pied Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis

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I think the Green pygmy geese are in fact some kind of grebe, probably Australasian grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)?

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Posted (edited)

Thanks @@egilio, you are probably correct. Thank you.

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Black Kite milvus migrans

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Blue Faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis

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Litte Corellas Cacatua sanguinea

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Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenerus

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More birds from Western Australia

These were all photographed near the King Edward River

 

Brolgas (Grus rubicunda)

 

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Litte Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea)

 

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Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

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Blue Winged Kookaburra, Dacelo leachii

smaller and more colourful than the better known Laughing Kookaburra and only found in the northern regions of Australia

 

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Great Bowerbird, Chlamydera nuchalis

 

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Rainbow Bee Eater, Merops ornatus

Australia's only Bee Eater

 

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Little Corellas, Cacatua sanguinea

 

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Posted (edited)

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

very similar to the Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus) found in Africa

 

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Black Winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

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Brolgas - Grus rubicunda

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Brown Falcon - Falco berigora

 

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Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla

 

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Great Egret - Ardea alba

 

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Red Tailed Black Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii

 

Male - red underparts

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Female - yellow underparts

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juvenile - similar to female

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Red Winged Parrot - Aprosmictus erythropterus

 

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Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes

 

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Whistling Kite - Haliastur sphenurus

 

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White Faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae

 

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