Dave Williams

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@Peter Connan I will call with my Fine Spotted Woodpecker from The Gambia.

36057415742_71ca7db55f_b.jpgFine-spotted Woodpecker Gambia 2016 by Dave Williams, on Flickr

 

Not dissimilar in many ways, but my favourite Woodpecker is probably the Black Woodpecker which I was lucky enough to see and photograph in Bulgaria but unfortunately I can't share as the photos are now all deleted.

Maybe someone has one to post? 

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I'll raise again...how gorgeous is this Yellow-fronted Woodpecker from Brazil?

 

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@Janzin I fold, can't compete with that one:o A real stunner. Mind you if I had a Black Woody I'd still be in the game.

I'll wait to see what's dealt next before playing my next card.

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@Dave Williams I really can't take credit for such a beautiful model! It's nature's doing! Woodpeckers are just about my favorite group of birds, and this has got to be one of the most striking (no pun intended.)

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Well, those last two leave me out in the cold! Stunning shots both!

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How about a violet-backed starling? 

 

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To me, the most iconic African bird - the Grey Crowned Crane.

 

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wow, awesome shot @michael-ibk!

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Indeed I agree.

 

I have yet to see one of those.

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That surprises me, Peter - none in SA? You know, in German they are even called "South African" Crowned Crane.

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Orange-breasted Bush-shrike?

 

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Green Wood-hoepoe. With foliage...

 

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Superb capture @Peter Connan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Hoopoe is quite simply outstanding, brilliantly captured @Peter Connan and so is the Crane @michael-ibk

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@Peter Connan

Wow! Brilliant photo and beautiful bird.

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I could never compete with Mr @Peter Connan but to maintain momentum I'll second his earlier posting of South Africa's other orange breasted beauty...

 

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...and it's cousin found to the North, the aptly named Beautiful Sunbird

 

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Beautiful shots of beautiful sunbirds @ImSA84!

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Prairie Warbler , Cuba

Switching continents again, these handsome little warblers are probably common in North America but to me they are a ray of sunshine and stunningly good looking.

25082011220_99c9e8ef3f_b.jpgPrairie Warbler      Setophaga discolor by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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I'm so happy to see so much love for hummingbirds in here. They are just the best ^_^

 

This is my fave little buddy, a glittering-bellied emerald I dubbed "Greeny". I have a huge soft spot for him. I watched him for ages flit around and chase butterflies, and he let me come really close.

Here's the superstar checking out what my camera is doing all up in his face. He is sooooo pretty. In the sunlight his shine is incredible, really living up to his emerald name!

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Taken in the Pantanal May 2017

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@monalisa - Hummingbirds always deserve a lot of love

 

Antillean Crested Hummingbird

 

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@Dave Williams - your post of the Prairie Warbler reminded me of us close cousin which I saw in St Lucia.

 

St Lucia Warbler

 

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Here in North Wales we are lucky to have a Black Grouse lekking spot where you can view from the comfort of your car.

You have to be prepared to get up very early and the weather forecast is rarely correct from my experience so poor light is often an issue.

26513529736_21de36b61f_b.jpgBlack Grouse 2016-04-20 by Dave Williams, on Flickr

If you get lucky though they can put on quite a show.

25952072894_bcaa7dac8f_b.jpgBlack Grouse   16-04-20 by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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How about a spot of crimson?

 

Crimson-breasted Shrike...

 

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