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Alex & Zvezdana Big Year 2017

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What a beautiful collection of Namibia birds you have shown us, @xelas! A joy to browse through every time. Excellent photography throughout!

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1 hour ago, Soukous said:

what a stunning collection of photographs @xelas, a very fruitful safari.

 

Thanks, @Soukous! Indeed it was a very fruitful safari ... and we were lucky enough that each one was interesting one :)!

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54 minutes ago, PeterHG said:

What a beautiful collection of Namibia birds you have shown us, @xelas! A joy to browse through every time. Excellent photography throughout!

 

Thank you, @PeterHG ... and thanks for the help with ID. 

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Remind me again, was Zevezda using a D500 and a 200-500mm? I am amazed at how many close ups she managed and also the number of species you saw. A lot more than I did and I was supposed to have been there  at peak birding season!

Well done both!

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3 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

Remind me again, was Zevezda using a D500 and a 200-500mm?

 

Zvezda used D7200 + 200-500. Coming from D90+70-300 and then D7100+300f4+TC14, I am amazed by how well this combination works, and how much photos can be cropped, without losing too much of details. I should post pre- and post- photos next time around.

 

D500 does have better AF system which is useful with BIF but majority of her photos were perched birds, so better AF is not that much needed (specially not for the difference in price?.

 

One never knows how lucky one gets! Multiple visits increase the chances ;).

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17 hours ago, xelas said:

 

Nope. The bird came alone to where the lovebirds and sparrows and pigeons were feeding, in the garden of the Ameib ranch. So it is not a canary, that is based on the shape of the beak. On Wikipedia they have a photo of Lesser Masked Weaver female that is similar to our ex-Yellow Canary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_masked_weaver#/media/File:Lesser_Masked_Weaver_female_RWD.jpg so let me corrected it according to Michael's directions:

 

BY 229 / NAM 153

Village Weaver - Ploceus intermedius

 

 

 

By rechecking all names I have found this mistake; just to keep the record correct.

 

BY 229 / NAM 153

Lesser Masked Weaver - Ploceus intermedius

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3 hours ago, xelas said:

BY 229 / NAM 153

Lesser Masked Weaver - Ploceus intermedius

Noted. but I am sure you do have a photo of Yellow Canary somewhere in your files so dig it out and use it.

But don't forget that plane on Sunday.

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I must agree with Dave. We were in similar areas at a similar time, and my count for Namibia is less than half yours...

 

Excellent stuff!

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3 hours ago, Galana said:

Noted. but I am sure you do have a photo of Yellow Canary somewhere in your files so dig it out and use it.

But don't forget that plane on Sunday.

 

 

I did my part of the deal, viewed again all 9000+ photos, and below is the selection of most likely candidates. Now, @Galana, please tell me if any of those are indeed Yellow Canary, and if not, what are they:

 

Candidate A / Ameib ranch 30 April

598ddaa1e29de_YellowCanaryA.JPG.d012bf9c18579adfba4a7349ad2eabe3.JPG

 

Candidate B / Hoba, 13 May

598ddaa3dc606_YellowCanaryB.JPG.3524ed7369fd35fca3e5e73846b361f5.JPG

 

Candidate C / Hoba 13 May

598ddaa4b903b_YellowCanaryC.JPG.c3484f1198386a12d23e635ebeec51df.JPG

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18 minutes ago, xelas said:

please tell me if any of those are indeed Yellow Canary, and if not, what are they:

I think #2 is possibly a Male (assuming the out of focus twig is obscuring a yellow belly.) and I could make a case for #3 being female.

I really do wish you had not posted #1.

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Why, @Galana? Is it another hybrid? 

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3 hours ago, xelas said:

Why, @Galana? Is it another hybrid?

No. It is yet another Southern Masked Weaver. Possibly a very young one as the rump has no colour.

 

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As per @Galana expert advice and mentoring, we are able to add one more bird to Namibia 2017 collection. 

 

 

BY 231 / NAM 155

Yellow Canary - Serinus flaviventris

 

(see Candidate B and Candidate C photos above)

 

 

 

 

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