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Zvezda & Alex Big Year 2016 - first attempt

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66. Yellow Canary, female and male

 

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64. Verreaux's eagle, juvenile (??)

 

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@@xelas according to my book, verreaux's eagle shouldn't be in the KTP. My unidentified brown eagle from the KTP turned out to be a tawny - I guess we need to wait for an expert opinion....

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@@xelas

Excellent photos throughout (even your "every bird counts" - a phrase I will steal for some of my photos :) ). I am really enjoying your thread - but notice you catching me up already!

Allof the photos are lovely- but I really like the Steppe Buzzard - a really beautiful bird.

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<Verreaux's eagle shouldn't be in the KTP.>

Range is possible but habitat unlikely.

But a close look at the nostril says either Tawny or Steppe. (Or Eastern Imperial but we can rule that out!)

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Well, if the prize is awarded for quality of photography, you certainly stand a good chance!

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Lots of great shots @@xelas but since I reached my likes quota for the day I thought I'd let you know I also "liked" page 3 and 4 as well! That secretary bird is especially good.

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Since # 64 has been disqualified on the basis of "wrong impersonation"I have browsed through the Kgalagadi photos to find a replacement bird ... and in the process I have got a couple of new ones!

 

As #64 was and eagle, let me replace it with another eagle (how I have missed it originally I have no idea!!)

 

 

64. Martial Eagle

 

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67. White-browed Sparrow-weaver

 

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68. Sabota Lark

 

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One more, thanks to @@Peter Connan expertise:

 

69. Lark-like Bunting

 

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Welcome! I've been waiting for you two to jump in :)

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And as I am a sucker for round numbers, I have dug deep into the "Kgalagadi 2016 photos chest" and this one came out:

 

70. Red-headed Finch

 

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Only to give the bird the respect it deserves, I am attaching a photo taken last year, also in Kgalagadi:

 

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Some great additions again, @@xelas. Glad you also included last year's photo of that Red-headed Finch. What a super picture!

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III. Orange River, Upington / 31.01.2016 and 12.02.2016

 

Moving on to a different habitat, and as there were not many species I will put them all in one post.

 

 

71. African Darter

 

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72. African Fish eagle

 

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73. African Sacred Ibis

 

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74. Goliath Heron

 

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75. Grey Heron

 

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76. Reed Cormorant

 

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double-triple wow on the 2015 red headed finch, even though it didnt count to your 2016 Big year.

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IV. Marienvale, South Africa / 14.02.2016

 

Our fourth location was Marienvale, and under the expert guidance by @@Peter Connan we have accumulated more birds photos.

 

 

77. African Spoonbill (ebc)

 

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78. African Swamphen

 

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79. African Wattled Lapwing

 

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80. Black-headed Heron

 

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81. Cape Shoveler

 

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82. Common Fiscal

 

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83. Fulvous Whistling Duck

 

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84. Hottentot Teal

 

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85. Laughing Dove

 

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86. Lesser Swamp Warbler

 

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