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Alex & Zvezdana Big Year 2017

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Beginning of March I had a business trip to Ulm, Germany. Passing by Chiemsee, and reading about great birding there from @@michael-ibk , I have had great hopes. The rain washed them away efficiently :angry: . Another mistake I have done is using a D90 body, and those older generation sensors just cannot cope well with noise as soon as they are pushed over 800 ISO :( . Lesson learned. Anyway, just for the sake of not throwing all photos away, here are some that could be posted, and counted.

I know all about old bodies not coping well with grey weather, @@xelas, I feel it every day ;).

You certainly have been unlucky with the weather, but I trust that will change when we meet later this month. The Hooded Crow is a rarity here. When I was younger I used to see quite a few every winter, but not anymore. It's a good thing you got some warmth in Namibia!

 

 

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Some beauties, especially the buzzard, Mallard and Starling Alex!

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On two consecutive visits to Škocjanski zatok protected wetland, Zvezda has had much better luck. Below photos taken on April 1st and 2nd.

 

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Eurasian Teal - Anas crecca

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Garganey - Anas querquedula

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BY065 / SI016

Ruff - Philomachus pugnax

 

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Little Grebe - Tachyhaptus ruficollis

 

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Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

 

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Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa

 

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Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus

 

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Eurasian Curlew - Numenius arquata

 

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Mute Swan - Cygnus olor
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Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
 

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Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata
 

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Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
 

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Spotted Crake - Porzana porzana
 

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European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
 

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Dates?

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Cracking collection building up, envious of the Spotted Crake!

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A very successful outing - beautiful photos.

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3 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

Dates?

 

Added them in the opening post; just too lazy to add date to each separate post, plus they are visible in the exif file.

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:

Cracking collection building up, envious of the Spotted Crake!

 

Spotted Crake was a surprise, a "three second" sighting before it disappeared back into the reed.

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1 hour ago, michael-ibk said:

A very successful outing - beautiful photos.

 

Thanks, Michael! Nothing close to Seewinkel, of course ;).

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@xelas

Lovely photos - and great to see the Spotted Crake!

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19 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

@xelas

Lovely photos - and great to see the Spotted Crake!

 

Thank you, Tony! 

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Excellent outing!

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