Peter Connan

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16) Cattle Egret

Bosluisvoel Bubulcus ibis

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

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17) Swainson's Spurfowl

 

Bosveldfisant Pternistes swainsonii

 

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Elsewhere on ST, there is currently a thread about being scared on safari. I reckon this bird has probably caused more heart attacks in the bushveld of Africa than sugar ond fat combined, as anybody who has ever walked in the bush can probably attest. They (and their ilk) have this bad habit of sitting tight and only flushing at the very last moment, screaming both shrilly and loudly as they rocket upwards!

14 January

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18) African Hoopoe

 

Hoephoep Upupa africana

 

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14 January, Rietvlei

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Posted (edited)

19) Rufous-naped Lark

 

Rooineklewerik Mirafra africana

 

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Rietvlei, 14 and 21 January

Edited by Peter Connan
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20) Cape Longclaw

 

Oranjekeelkalkoentjie Macronyx capensis

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

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So you were just holding back then....

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@Peter Connan

A great sequence of photos - how you get such a picture of the lark in flight is beyond me!

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Superb collection @Peter Connan ! Lark, Longclaw and Lapwing in flight, excellent!

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I set out with my idea of acceptable quality a priority, now I'm just trying to hit as a higher number as I can , you get hooked in to it!  Mind you I have quite a few species I have got images of that are really too poor to use!

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Thanks everyone @Tdgraves, @TonyQ, @PeterHG and @Dave Williams.

Tony, i cheat. If i get a nervous-lookoing perched bird i aim slightly in the direction it is looking and wait for action. Some type of gimbal  mount is very usefull for this but the keeper rate is still low.

Dave, i fully agrèe. Last year i posted a couple of shots that could really have been anything at all, and i want to avoid doing that again.

 

Of course knowing that i am not in the running for totals makes it easier to keep the red mist at bay, but makes it necessary to create some other challenge to make competing in any way worth while...

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21) Pied Starling

 

Witgatspreeu Spreo bicolor

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

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22) Red-billed Teal

 

Rooibekeend Anas erythrorhyncha

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

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23) Yrllow-billed Duck

 

Geelbekeend Anas undulata

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

 

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Marievale, 3 June

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24) Reed Cormorant

 

Rietduiker Phalacrocorax africanus

 

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14 January

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25) Cape Wagtail

 

Gewone Kwikkie Motacilla capensis

 

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I have found this fairly common bird very difficult to photograph, and I have no idea why...

 

22 April, Walvisbay

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26: White-fronted Bee-eater

 

Rooikeelbyevreter Merops bullockoides

 

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Rietvlei, 21 January

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27) White-throated Swallow

 

Witkeelswael Hirundo albigularis

 

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Rietvlei, 14 January

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28) Barn Swallow

 

Europese Swael Hirundo rustica

 

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These are both immature birds.

 

Rietvlei, 21 January

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29) Red-throated Wryneck

 

Draaihals Jynx ruficollis

 

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Rietvlei, 21 January

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Wonderful shots of the White-Throated Bee-Eaters!

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Thanks @michael-ibk

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30) Goliath Heron

 

Reusereier Ardea goliath

 

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Bonaero Park, 7 February

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31) Purple Heron

 

Rooireier Ardea purpurea

 

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Bonaero Park, 7 February

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32) Black-headed Heron

 

Swartkopreier Ardea melanocephala

 

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Marievale, 3 June

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33) Cape Sparrow

 

Gewone Mossie Passer melanurus

 

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Home, 25 February

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