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lmSA84 - Big Year 2017

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I've failed miserably to participate in prior years so here goes!

 

I apologise in advance for the quality of some of the images.

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Welcome to the Big Year, looking forward to your contributions! And no need to apologise - you know our motto is "ebc" - Every Bird Counts. :)

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@@lmSA84

I look forward to following your postings.

I see that you were born in Africa - do you still live there or are you based somewhere else? (I ask because I have particularly enjoyed seeing birds contributers local areas!)

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@@TonyQ - Thanks for asking. I spent much of my childhood in Durban, J'burg and Zimbabwe but we emigrated a while ago so I'm afraid that I'm now based in London.

 

The better news is that I'm currently at the start of a two month sabbatical in South Africa. It's a family trip so it won't be bird watching all day but we're travelling through the majority of South Africa's biospheres so fingers crossed I'll get some new species.

 

Given the internet speed though I'm not sure that I'll be able to post anything till I return!

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I'll start with some UK easys and a few from my current SA trip.

 

For SA ones, I'm going to pick images which I don't think I'll better or common ones which I'll shortly stop taking images of.

 

1. Blackbird, Woking

 

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2. Blue Tit, Woking

 

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3. Great Tit, Woking

 

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4. Eurasian Robin, Woking

 

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5. European Starling, Woking

 

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6. Malachite Kingfisher, Intaka Island, Cape Town

 

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6. Purple Heron, Intaka Island, Cape Town

 

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7. Pied Kingfisher, Intaka Island

 

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8. Cape Shoveler, Intaka Island

 

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9. Southern Red Bishop Non Breeding, Intaka Island

 

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10. Cape Spurfowl, Kirstenbosch

 

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11. Black Saw-Wing, Kirstenbosch

 

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12. Neddicky, Silvermine Cape Town

 

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13. Pin-tailed Whydah, Franschhoek

 

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14. Southern Masked Weaver, Franschhoek

 

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@@lmSA84

A great start with UK locals and those from South Africa. The Malachite Kingfisher is a real beauty!

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Everybody is starting with Blackbirds this year! Very nice shots, like Tony I especially like the Malachite.

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@@michael-ibk - you can't go wrong with a good blackbird!

 

The hide at Intaka Island is one of the best places to photograph Malachite Kingfishers in SA. They tend land on posts placed right next to the hide.

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Two I missed from my current UK pics

 

15. Wood Pigeon, Woking

 

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16. Mistle Thrush, Woking

 

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17. African Darter, Intaka Island

 

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18. Sacred Ibis, Intaka Island

 

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19. Common Moorhen, Intaka Island

 

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20. Reed Cormorant, Intaka Island

 

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21. Red-knobbed Coot

 

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22. Yellow-billed Duck

 

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23. Speckled Pigeon, Franschhoek

 

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24. Egyptian Goose, Franschhoek

 

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25. Hartlaub"s Gull, Intaka Island

 

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26. Glossy Ibis, Rondevlei Hide, Wilderness NP

 

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27. Cape White-eye, Wilderness NP

 

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28. Red-chested Cuckoo, Juvenile

 

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29. Knysna Turaco, Wilderness NP

 

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30. Black-headed Oriole

 

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31. Forest Canary, Wilderness NP

 

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32. Fork-tailed Drongo, Wilderness NP

 

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The Knysna Turaco is stunning!

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Agreed, a spectacular bird. It´s the cover bird for "Complete Photographic Field Guide, Birds of Southern Africa" (Sinclair/Ryan) btw.

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@@TonyQ - thanks. It's a particularly easy bird to photograph at Wilderness. There both in the camps and ubiquitous on the trails. You sometimes see groups of five or more.

 

I omitted to mention in my last posting that the Black-headed Oriole and Red-chested Cuckoo were also from Wilderness NP.

 

I also don't intend to do sub-counts in my numbering (all respect to those that do) but I'll do sub-totals at the end.

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I'll start with a better photo of a Neddicky. It's a member of the fabled Cisticola family.

 

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33. Dusky Flycatcher, Juvenile, Kirstenbosch

 

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34. Black-winged Stilt, Wilderness NP, Rondevlei Hide

 

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35. Blacksmith Lapwing, Wilderness NP

 

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36. Cape Batis, Goukamma

 

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37. Karoo Prinia, Goukamma

 

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38. White-throated Swallow

 

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39. White-fronted Plover

 

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Posted (edited)

40. Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Goukamma

 

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41. African Black Oystercatcher, Goukamma

 

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42. Sombre Greenbul, Knysna

 

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43. Forest Buzzard, Knysna

 

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44. Cattle Egret, Franschhoek

 

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Not even first two weeks of the year and already closing to the #50 ?! Great start, @ImSA84 !!

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@@xelas - thanks but I think I'll be more a sprinter than a marathon runner in this competition. I'm going to get out the gates fast and then fade back to watch others do their thing.

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45. Pied Crow, Robberg Nature Reserve

 

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46. Rock Martin, Robberg Nature Reserve

 

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Rock Martin, Jeffrey's Bay

 

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47. Laughing Dove, Jeffrey's Bay

 

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@@xelas - thanks but I think I'll be more a sprinter than a marathon runner in this competition. I'm going to get out the gates fast and then fade back to watch others do their thing.

 

 

Excellent comparison, @ImSA84 . Now, myself I am as a runner who is still at the starting block, although the starter has already given the signal that the race has started. (I do have photos but I am still waiting for the bird book :) to arrive).

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48. Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Knysna

 

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49. Olive Thrush, Knysna

 

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50. Kelp Gull, Robberg

 

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51. White-breasted Cormorant, Robberg

 

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52. Cape Cormorant, Juvenile, Robberg

 

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53. Cape Canary, Knysna

 

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54. Cape Sparrow, Prince Albert

 

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55. Spotted Thick-knee, Prince Albert

 

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56. Spike-heeled Lark, Prince Albert

 

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57. Karoo Chat, Prince Albert

 

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58. White-throated Canary, Prince Albert

 

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59. Red-billed Quelea, Breeding Female, Prince Albert

 

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60. Cape Bunting, Prince Albert

 

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61. Red-winged Starling, Jeffrey's Bay (for such a common bird I have really struggled to get a half decent photo!)

 

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62. Fiscal Flycatcher, Jeffrey's Bay

 

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63. Barn Swallow, Robberg

 

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64. House Sparrow, Oudtshoorn

 

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65. Cape Weaver, Oudtshoorn

 

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66. Streaky-headed Seedeater, Oudtshoorn

 

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67. Speckled Mousebird, Oudtshoorn

 

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68. Common Greenshank, Oudtshoorn

 

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@@xelas - thanks but I think I'll be more a sprinter than a marathon runner in this competition. I'm going to get out the gates fast and then fade back to watch others do their thing.

 

 

Excellent comparison, @ImSA84 . Now, myself I am as a runner who is still at the starting block, although the starter has already given the signal that the race has started. (I do have photos but I am still waiting for the bird book :) to arrive).

 

 

Intriguing - does that mean that you have been on a birding trip but don't yet have the bird guide for the region?

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