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#115 African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis)

Linyanti Marsh, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#116 African Open Bill ( used to be called Open Billed Stork) (Anastomus lamelligerus)

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

Their main diet is snails.

 

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#117 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#118 Yellow Billed Stork ( Mycteria ibis)

 

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

Adult and juventile

 

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Juvenile

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#119 Saddle Billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

 

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

Juvenile

 

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Adult, Taking off

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#120 Secretary Bird (Sagitarius serpentarius)

Linyanti Marsh, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#121 Meves Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii)

 

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#122 Wire Tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)

Chobe River, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#122 Water Thick Knee ( Burhinus vermiculatus)

 

Chobe River, Namibia. May 2017

 

 

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#123 Swainson's Spurfowl (Pternistis swainsonii)

Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#124 Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota)

Linyanti Marsh, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

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#125 Red Billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)

 

Linyanti Marsh, Botswana. May 2017

 

 

 

 

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Nice!

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Coming along nicely and I loved several of the photos.

One or two of your I/Ds need some scrutiny though but I don't think it messes with your count too much.

1. I agree with Michael that your "Wahbergs" is a Tawny whatever the guide said. the Wahlbergs at that angle should show a small 'crest point' on the head. If I may continue I think

67 is Hartlaub's Babbler not Arrow marked. check the markings.

77. I think this is Swamp Boubou not Common Fiscal. the beak looks 'boubou like'. and the tail short.

Back home I think your Yellow-legged and Herring Gulls 94 & 97. Are actually Lesser and Greater Black-backeds.

Your comment on the 'difference' YL v H is valid but the intense Black of the Back indicates they are Black-backs. Herring and it cousin the YLG, who is quite rare in Britian ,are much lighter grey on the back. Thus..

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I'm struggling to keep up with all the stunning birds and images being posted on the Big Year at the moment. Keep it up!

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5 hours ago, Galana said:

Coming along nicely and I loved several of the photos.

One or two of your I/Ds need some scrutiny though but I don't think it messes with your count too much.

1. I agree with Michael that your "Wahbergs" is a Tawny whatever the guide said. the Wahlbergs at that angle should show a small 'crest point' on the head. If I may continue I think

67 is Hartlaub's Babbler not Arrow marked. check the markings.

77. I think this is Swamp Boubou not Common Fiscal. the beak looks 'boubou like'. and the tail short.

Back home I think your Yellow-legged and Herring Gulls 94 & 97. Are actually Lesser and Greater Black-backeds.

Your comment on the 'difference' YL v H is valid but the intense Black of the Back indicates they are Black-backs. Herring and it cousin the YLG, who is quite rare in Britian ,are much lighter grey on the back. Thus..

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@Galana  Many thanks for your ID updates. I do not currently have access to a bird guide as I am away from home but I look forward to checking them out and improving my own knowledge. Once I've had a look for myself I'll ask @Game Warden to open the thread so I can update the posts.

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@Galana I've now had a chance to check the ID of the birds you listed and I agree with you in every case. I was obviously a bit lazy with my IDs in my hurry to get the pictures posted. Lesson learned.

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Sadly me recent trip to Scotland did not produce the sightings i had hoped for. The weather was appalling and despite visiting three known nest areas I did not manage to catch even a glimpse of a White Tailed Sea Eagle.

In fact I only managed 3 new species on this trip - well 3 that I got a picture of.

 

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Loch Lomond, Scotland. August 2017

 

 

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#126

A very scruffy looking Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Glencoe, Scotland. September 2017

 

 

 

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#127 Gannet (Morus Bassanus)

Easdale, Scotland. September 2017

 

 

 

 

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Sorry about your trip being less productive than you hoped.

 

However, you got some amazing images of the Oystercatcher!

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#128 

Mallard (male, non breeding plumage) (Anas platyrhynchos)

Loch Lomond, Scotland. Aug 2017

Looking very drab compared to the deep green of the breeding plumage

 

 

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