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Soukous - My Big year

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Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae

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Pied Oystercatcher - Haematopus longirostris

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White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae

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Australian Shelduck - Tadorna tadornoides

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Back in Africa again, Botswana to be exact

 

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Lesser Striped Swallow - Hirundo abyssinica

 

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Red Billed Hornbill - Tockus erythrorhynchus (try saying that after a couple of glasses of red) :wacko:

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Southern Carmine Bee Eater (Merops rubicoides)

 

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African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

 

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African Openbill (Open Billed Stork) (Anastomus lamelligerus)

 

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Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)

 

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Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis)

 

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More birds from Chobe.

this time from a short boat ride on the river

 

African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus

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White Breasted Cormorant - Phalacrocorax lucidus

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African Darter - Anhinga rufu

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Yellow Billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

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Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

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Wire Tailed Swallow - Hirundo smithii

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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

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African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

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African Spoonbill - Platalea alba

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Long Toed Lapwing - Vanellus crassirostris

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Black Heron - Egretta ardesiaca

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Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides

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Open Billed Stork / African Openbill - Anastomus lamelligerus

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Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumeniferus

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Grey Headed Gull - Larus cirrocephalus

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African Skimmer - Rynchops flavirostris

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Lovely photos Martin!

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Red Headed Weaver - Anaplectes melanotis

 

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And the female Red Headed Weaver, who is not red at all

 

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Fork Tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

 

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More birds from Hwange National Park

 

Kori Bustard showing courting plumage

Ardeotis kori

 

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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

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African Hoopoe - Upupa africana

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Saddle Billed Stork - Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

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Secretary Bird - Saggitarius serpentarius

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Southern Pied Babbler - Turdoides bicolor

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Giant Eagle Owl / Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Bubo lacteus

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Lilac Breasted Roller - Coracias caudatus

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Lappet Faced Vulture - Aegypius tracheliotos

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White Backed Vulture - Gyps africanus

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Yellow Billed Kite - Milvus aegyptius

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Swallow Tailed Bee Eater - Merops hirundineus

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A selection of birds from our stay at Rhino Safari Camp, Matusadona NP.

If you like birds I cannot recommend this place too highly.

 

Blue Waxbill - Uraeginthus angolensis

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Dark Capped Bulbul - Pycnonotus tricolor

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Goliath heron - Ardea goliath

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Greater Painted Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

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Helmeted Guinea Fowl - Numida meleagris

Helmeted Guinea Fowl are on eof the most common birds we see on safari, but the colours on these at Matusadona were so vibrant I just had to grab a shot.

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Southern Carmine Bee Eater - Merops rubicoides

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African Fish Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer

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Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

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Saddle Billed Stork - Ephippiorhynchus Senegalensis

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Kittlitz's Plover - Charadius pecuarius

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The Kittlitz's Plover lays its eggs on the bare ground. When it senses a threat it will scuff dust over the eggs to cover them and then move some distance away from the eggs and pretend that it has a broken wing.

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Malachite Kingfisher - Alcedo cristata

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Red Billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala

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Three Banded Plover - Charadrius tricollaris

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Yellow Bellied Greenbul - Chlorocichla flaviventris

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I particularly like the grey heron series Martin!

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I particularly like the grey heron series Martin!

 

Thanks Peter, it was one of the sightings that stayed in my mind and I couldn't wait to get back and see how the photos turned out. It was o good to have nice light.

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Lovely heron sequence as Peter has posted.

 

I also admired the carmine bee-eater and the malachite kingfisher.

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Brown Hooded Kingfisher - Halcyon albiventris

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Giant Kingfisher - Megaceryle maxima

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Green Backed Heron - Butorides striata

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Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta

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White Fronted Bee Eater - Merops bullockoides

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White Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus albiceps

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Black Winged Stilts - Himanoptus himanoptus

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given my recent spate of misidentifications, I may be sticking my neck out here @@Soukous, but isn't the heron a squacco, not a green-backed?

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given my recent spate of misidentifications, I may be sticking my neck out here @@Soukous, but isn't the heron a squacco, not a green-backed?

 

You could be right @@Tdgraves - Because of the position I did not identify it with any confidence and can't remember what we named it as at the time - I was too busy juggling paddle and camera, no spare hand for a notebook

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Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis)

 

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Mana Pools brought me another first and that was seeing Crested Guineafowl. (Guttera edouardi)

 

Each morning they would strut out from the forest and come for a drink.

The only problem was that on most occasions they came and went before the sun had hit the ground.

 

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It was the same in the evenings. They would emerge again just on sunset.

 

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I did see them in the forest itself when we went on a game walk but they were much more elusive then.

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Kanga Pan attracts quite a number of raptors, there is even a resident African Fish Eagle.

Unfortunately though, they don't often come close enough.

 

These images have been cropped to about 20% of the original frame just so the birds are big enough to see.

 

African Goshawk - Accipiter tachiro

 

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Western Banded Snake Eagle -

 

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Each morning at Kanga Pan, just before sunrise, we would hear the sound of thousands of Cape Turtle Doves descending on the waterhole.

They would swoop in, settle, and then take off again. The sound of so many wings flapping together was actually very loud.

 

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don't ask which bird I was focussing on, I have no idea. :wacko:

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Cattle Egret

Kanga Pan, Mana Pools NP

 

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