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Peter Connan

Peter Connan's big Year

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Actually I hope this is just the first of many bigger years...

The birds in this post were all photographed in or from my garden:

 

Ring-necked dove:

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Rameron Pigeon (it's actually called soething else now):

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Speckled Mousebird:

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Red-faced moesebird:

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Crested Barbet:

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Red-throated Wryneck:

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Masked Weaver:

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Dark-capped Bulbul:

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Hadeda Ibis:

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Fiscal Shrike (Juvenile):

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These two were shot at the local radio control flying club:

 

Southern Red Bishop:

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Amur falcon (I hope):

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These were shot in the vicinity of Nelspruit and White River:

 

Bleating Bush Warbler:

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Fork-tailed Drongo:

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Green Wood Hoopoe:

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Greater double-collared sunbird:

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Lesser double-collared Sunbird:

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Posted (edited)

These two were shot at the local radio control flying club:

 

Southern Red Bishop:

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Amur falcon (I hope):

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These were shot in the vicinity of Nelspruit and White River:

 

Bleating Bush Warbler:

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Fork-tailed Drongo:

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Green Wood Hoopoe:

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Greater double-collared sunbird:

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Lesser double-collared Sunbird:

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Kurrichane Thrush:

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Olive Thrush:

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Lanner Falcon:

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Purple-crested Lourie:

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White-fronted bee-eater:

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Redeye dove:

 

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Crowned Lapwing:

 

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Sacred Ibis, high-key rendition.

 

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Rietvlei nature reserve this morning:

 

Red-knobbed Coot:

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Cattle Egret:

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African Darter:

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Yellow-billed Duck:

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(also saw Black duck, but didn't get an opportunity to photograph them)

 

Helmeted Guineafowl:

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Egyptian Goose:

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I suspect this character of being an Orange-throated Longclew:

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Stonechat:

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White-breasted Cormorant:

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Need a little help here:

 

One of the bishops, but which one?

 

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And is this a Lanner falcon harrasing a pied crow?

 

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Posted (edited)

Common moorhen:

 

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Blacksmith plover (with some Black Crake in the background?):

 

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A visit to Marievale bird santuary on Friday morning netted this bag:

 

Black-shouldered Kite:

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Black crake:

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Arican Rail:

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Purple Swamphen:

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Little Grebe:

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Hottentot Teal:

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Spurwing goose:

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Cape sparrow:

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Burchell's Coucal:

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African Spoonbill:

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Squacco Heron:

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Purple Heron:

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Whiskered Tern:

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Pied Kingfisher:

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And finally, the one I have been looking for for so long, the Malachite Kingfisher:

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your bird pictures are awesome. they can surely turn a non-birder into a bird lover. my favourite (there are many actually) has to be your first pix of the ordinary dove - it conveys such a sense of serene beauty.

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Love your Malachite KF taking off Peter

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Thanks Kitsafari and Martin

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I had the privelege of spending two hours and ten minutes in the Pongolo nature reserve last week. Here are some of the birds I saw:

 

Yellow-billed hornbill:

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Swainson's Spurfowl:

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Jacana:

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Magpie Shrike:

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Bronze Minnikins:

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Marabou stork:

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Wattled Plover:

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Fisheagle:

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Yellow-billed Egret:

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Little Egret:

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Love your jacana in flight @@Peter Connan

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Thank you TD

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Some more visitors to my garden:

 

Cape Robin:

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Hoopoe:

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Birdlife South Africa had are having their annual fair at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort this weekend, and I attended a presentation on advanced bird photogrphy. Of course the camera went along, and we had a quick walk-around after the course, but unfortunately it was already mid-day, so th light was a bit harsh...

 

Firstly, some repeats:

 

Wattled Lapwing:

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And Greater Double-collared sunbird:

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Some new ones:

Cape Weaver:

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Grey-headed bush Shrike:

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Verreaux eagle:

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Amathyst sunbird:

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White-bellied Sunbird:

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Another visit to Rietvlei yielded some new species, though generally sub-standard photos...

 

Ant-eating chat:

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Ostrich:

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Common Waxbill:

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Brown-chested snake eagle:

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Secretary bird:

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Flamingo, just for fun:

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Some miscelaneous missed opportunities:

 

Red-winged Starling, Kempton Park:

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Lesser swamp-warbler,Marievale:

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Nelspruit:

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Highveld Tick-bird (also known as Indian Myna), Krugersdorp:

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Yellow-billed Kite, Krugersdorp:

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Abdim's Stork, Krugersdorp:

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White-backed vulture, Pongolo:

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African Black Duck, Roodepoort:

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@@Peter Connan not at all substandard (well maybe the secretary bird....)

I particularly like the close-up of the ostrich and the chat

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Thanks TD!

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Posted (edited)

Some long-overdue apologies.

 

In post 2, two birds are incorrectly identified.

 

The bird identified as a Fork-tailed Drongo is actually a Black Flycatcher.

 

Flycatcher:

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Drongo:

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And the bird identified as an Olive thrush is actually a Kurrichane Thrush.

 

Kurrichane:

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Olive:

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Posted (edited)

Sorry, I seem to have a knack for posting doubles...

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A couple of weeks ago,I visited a friend who farms just west of Nelspruit for a long weekend. The birdlife in his garden is fantastic.

Among others we saw:

 

Brimstone Canary:

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Bar-throated Apalis:

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Dark-capped Bulbul:

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Cardinal Woodpecker:

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher:

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Mountain Wagtail:

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Black-headed Oriole:

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Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird:

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Cape White-eye:

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While there, I took a day trip through the Kruger National Park, entering at Numbi and exiting through Malelane gates. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day...

 

Arrow-marked Babblers:

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Three-banded Plover:

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Bataleur:

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Blue Waxbill:

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Blue-eared Starling:

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Glossy Starling:

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Fork-tailed Drongo:

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Fisheagle:

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Grey Heron:

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Grey Hornbill:

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