Peter Connan

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@Peter Connan On page 1 you indicate a worry about a decline in the standard of your bird photography, I certainly wish mine would decline to this standard. Favourite of your most recent posts, image 1 of the Malachite Kingfisher series. Superb. 

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Thank you very much @johnweir. To see what I was talking about, you need look no further than the first post on page 14 of my thread from last year.

 

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140) Spur-wing Goose

 

Wildemakou Plectropterus gambensis

 

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Marievale, 3 June

 

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Orange River, 26 July

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141) Lesser Swamp Warbler

 

Kaapse Rietsanger Acrocephalus gracilirostris

 

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Marievale, 3 June

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142) Whiskered Tern

 

Witbaardsterretjie Chlidonias hybridus

 

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Wringing it's own neck:

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3 June, Marievale

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143) Brown=throated Martin

 

Afrikaanse Oewerswael

Riparia paludicola

 

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Ausekehr, 25 july

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That is a really dark specimen of the Whiskered Tern, you managed to catch @Peter Connan! Excellent set of shots, of course.

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Thanks @PeterHG

 

I suspect this may be a youngster?

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2 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Thanks @PeterHG

 

I suspect this may be a youngster?

Judging by the all black cap I don't really think so, just a darker version than I have seen so far.

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Lovely photos.

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Now here's one I am not too sure about, but I also have no idea what else it could be. It looks nothing like the picture in my book, but the book says the colour is extremely variable, and it does look like some photos I have seen on the web, and the range is correct:

 

144) Mountain wheatear:

 

Europese Skaapwagter Oenanthe oenanthe

 

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Aggeneys, 22 July

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It's a Mountain Wheatear, fear not. My book says "Female is uniform sooty-brown except for white rump and outer tail feathers" That's the bird in your photo to a T and I have a match:-

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Go for it.

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Thank you very much @Galana!

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The brown ear-coverts hopefully makes this...

240) Karoo Chat

 

Karoo Spekvreter Cercomela schlegelii

 

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Aggeneys, 23 July

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10 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

The brown ear-coverts hopefully makes this...

240) Karoo Chat

Er, not really Peter. The Brownish underparts and Rufous rear end suggest it is a Familiar Chat which also has brown ear coverts..

Sorry.

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Not too sure about the Mountain Wheatear but it's such a perfect shot of the female of the species I'll have go along with it:D

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Posted (edited)

Thanks @Galana and @Dave Williams

 

Right, so then...

 

145 Mk.2) Grey Heron

 

Bloureier

Ardea cinerea

 

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26 July, Orange River

Edited by Peter Connan
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146) Karoo Long-billed Lark

 

Karoolanbeklewerik Certhilauda subcoronata

 

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23 July, Aggeneys

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147) African Pied Wagtail

 

Bontkwikkie Motacilla aguimp

 

About a month ago, I stopped somewhere on the Orange river, and made camp. I had hardly stopped, or these two were perched on my car. They were so tame, I could rummage around in the car while they sat on the door-frame, wooing each other. It was a bit of a mistake to leave the window open though...

 

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25 July, Orange River

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You see, birds do like you!

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Posted (edited)

No @xelas, they like my car. They use it as a bank, to make deposits...

I don't want to tempt fate now, but they have never made deposits on me.

 

148) African Purple Swamphen

 

Grootkoningriethaan Porphyrio madagascariensis

 

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Marievale, 3 June

Edited by Peter Connan
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149) South African Shelduck

 

Kopereend Tadorna cana

 

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Orange river, 25 July

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150) African Spoonbill

 

Lepelaar Platalea alba

 

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Orange River, 25 July

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151) African Fish-eagle

 

Visarend Haliaeetus vocifer

 

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Orange River, 25/26 July

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