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lmSA84 - small and late big year

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Even though I'm soo late to the party that it's March 2016, I feel like I can't join the 2016 party without posting something for 2015.

 

I'm going to try adopt the same posting convention as 2016

 

This first lot might be unusual to many birders given that they are from St Lucia.

 

1. Rufous-throated Solitaire

 

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2. Yellow-crowned Night Heron

 

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3. Mangrove Cuckoo

 

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4. Grassquit

 

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5. Bananaquit

 

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6. St Lucia Pewee (endemic)

 

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7. St Lucia Warbler (endemic)

 

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8. St Lucia Oriole (endemic)

 

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9. Antillean Crested Hummingbird

 

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10. Scaly-breasted Thrasher

 

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11. Magnificent Frigatebird

 

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All good shots but love that Night Heron and Hummingbird.

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Very cool birds. Love that Pewee. :)

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@@michael-ibk @@dlo - cheers for the comments. I found bird photography to be comparatively easy in St Lucia - I think that the low number of predators make them more docile then their mainland cousins

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12. Zenaida Dove

 

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13. Scaly-naped Pidgeon

 

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14. Lesser Antillean Saltator

 

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15. Carib Grackle

 

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16. Green Heron

 

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17. Little Blue Heron

 

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18. Gray Kingbird

 

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19. Green-throated Carib

 

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20. Purple-throated Carib

 

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21. Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

 

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22. Shiny Cowbird

 

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23. Gray Trembler

 

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24. American Kestrel

 

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25. Spotted Sandpiper (non-breeding)

 

If anyone wants to challenge this identification please do so - I struggle with distinguishing the sandpipers

 

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26. Solitary Sandpiper

 

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Well done for getting started @@lmSA84. Perhaps you could ask @@Game Warden to put 2015 in your title?

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@@lmSA84

A lovely series of pictures- really enjoyable. I look forward to your contribution to 2016!

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@@Tdgraves - good point. @@Game Warden apologies for the hassle but can you please add 2015 to my post title?

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Images taken at Stellenbosch, December 19th

 

27. Fiscal Flycatcher

 

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28. Southern or Fiscal Shrike

 

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29. Cape Sugarbird

 

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All images taken in Cape Town, December 20th - 23rd

 

30. Orange-breasted Sunbird (Silvermine Nature Reserve)

 

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31. African Penguin (Boulders Beach)

 

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32. Familiar Chat (Silvermine Nature Reserve)

 

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33. Spotted Prinia (Boulders Beach)

 

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34. Black Crow (Table Mountain)

 

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35. Swift Tern (Cape Point)

 

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All images taken at Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Dec 24-28

 

36. White Stork

 

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37. Red Bishop

 

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38. Long Tailed Widow

 

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39. Orange-throated Longclaw

 

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40. Banded Martin

 

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All photos taken at Drakensberg Gardens, Dec 28th - 31st

 

41. Stonechat

 

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42. Cape Canary

 

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43. Cape Rock Thrush

 

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44. Cape Weaver

 

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45. Speckled Mousebird

 

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46. African Dusky Flycatcher - but I'm not 100% sure

 

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More photos from St Lucia. I should have mentioned that all St Lucia photos were taken in October from the 2nd - 12th.

 

47. St Lucia Black Finch (endemic)

 

This is the female - unfortunately I never got a good shot of the male who are notoriously shy

 

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48. St Lucia Parrot (endemic)

 

Known locally as the Jacquot, this is the national bird of St Lucia. Unfortunately the closest we got was to see them circling in the valley below.

 

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49. Black-whiskered Vireo

 

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Posted (edited)

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Lovely photos - you did well with the Long-tailed Widow bird in flight -very difficult to capture!

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@@TonyQ - thanks. It was really down to the location. I had never seen such a density of widow birds (both Long-tailed and White-winged), many of which were feeding in mixed flocks with Red Bishops - as in the photo below.

 

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