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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1760 on: September 28, 2021, 04:18:05 pm »
A few more enjoying a quick drink..very sociable (Kgalagadi)
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1761 on: September 28, 2021, 04:22:11 pm »
Young Martial Eagle (Kgalagadi) feeding on Ground Squirrel
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1762 on: September 29, 2021, 04:57:05 am »
Young Martial Eagle (Kgalagadi) feeding on Ground Squirrel

Slow squirrel. Nice pics.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1763 on: September 29, 2021, 07:06:29 am »
Namaqua Sandgrouse - Kelkiewyn (Tankwa National Park)
Cape Canary - Kaapse Kanarie (Op-Die-Berg, Kouebokkeveld)
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1764 on: September 29, 2021, 04:15:47 pm »
Stupid stick caught me out on that Canary until my eye got focused. I thought, wow, look at the tail on that thing!
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1765 on: September 30, 2021, 09:13:17 am »
Abdims Stork and Crimson Breasted Shrike
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1766 on: September 30, 2021, 11:46:54 am »
Thanks guys for the beautiful photos! Thoroughly enjoying this fred.
Ek sal laaik van n prentjie hier sit, maar is te f0kken onnosel...
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1767 on: September 30, 2021, 02:13:32 pm »
Took these this afternoon.... a Fiscal Flycatcher pair that got fairly twitched when I started playing their call from Roberts Bird app on my phone... kept me well entertained while they tried to locate the "interloper"..
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1768 on: September 30, 2021, 02:14:53 pm »
To top off the afternoon this Black Headed Oriole came to see what all the fuss was about..
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1769 on: October 01, 2021, 06:25:42 am »
Karoo Chat - Karoospekvreter. The first one was at our camp site near Op-Die-Berg, Kouebokkeveld, and the second one was in Merweville, Karoo. BUT....I might have it wrong on the first one, these bloody little tinktinkie birds....
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1770 on: October 01, 2021, 06:29:43 am »
Southern Black Flycatcher - Swartvlieevanger. Basking in the morning sun at Molopo, north of Askham.

African Redeyed Bulbul - Rooioogtiptol. These guys were making a meal out of overripe and fallen dates from a tree next to our camp site in Merweville, Karoo.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1771 on: October 01, 2021, 06:34:19 am »
Common Waxbill - Rooibeksysie. This guy was busy busy busy making a nest in the thick bushes under the beachfront boardwalk in Port-Nolloth.

Acacia Pied Barbet - Bonthoutkapper - Helping the Bulbuls with the fallen dates in Merweville, Karoo.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1772 on: October 01, 2021, 07:00:25 am »
Southern Black Flycatcher - Swartvlieevanger. Basking in the morning sun at Molopo, north of Askham.

Nice pics and sightings, Jurie. I believe that is a Fork-tailed drongo looking at the tail and strong beak and the eye would be slightly reddish brown.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1773 on: October 01, 2021, 07:12:03 am »
I compared it with my own pics of both and the guy was smaller than you would judge a Drongo, but you might be right.  :thumleft:
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1774 on: October 01, 2021, 07:25:45 am »
Agreed with Frank about the Drongo. Your first chat is a Familiar Chat, check out the overall buff appearance and orange wash rump.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1775 on: October 01, 2021, 07:30:08 am »
Thanks, Frank and thanks, Rob. I'll get there....
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1776 on: October 01, 2021, 08:33:52 am »
Thanks, Frank and thanks, Rob. I'll get there....

Your second chat is a Familiar too (I'm on my computer now, not my phone, so bigger screen). Also orange wash rump and dull. Karoo has grey rump and white outer tail feathers.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1777 on: October 01, 2021, 08:38:36 am »
Common Waxbill - Rooibeksysie. This guy was busy busy busy making a nest in the thick bushes under the beachfront boardwalk in Port-Nolloth.

Acacia Pied Barbet - Bonthoutkapper - Helping the Bulbuls with the fallen dates in Merweville, Karoo.
Vintage, Is that a prime lens you are using or a zoom?  Your pictures are really sharp & accurately focused.  Using a tripod or is it just image stabilization?
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1778 on: October 01, 2021, 09:18:07 am »
I am a true novice with equipment that suits my level of experience. Nikon Coolpix B600 Bridge Camera. Fixed lens with 60x Optical Zoom (in 35mm speak 26mm-1440mm) and it is just Image Stabilization.

What I can add is that I used to be very frustrated with my setup as I battled to get it to focus where I wanted it to and it was slow/sluggish between zooms to focus and shoot. After extensive reading up and fiddling with the settings I now get much better pics - mostly changing the way it focuses and getting the focus point as small as possible and disabling stuff like pic previews after every shot and shortening exposure times.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1779 on: October 01, 2021, 11:32:39 am »
I am a true novice with equipment that suits my level of experience. Nikon Coolpix B600 Bridge Camera. Fixed lens with 60x Optical Zoom (in 35mm speak 26mm-1440mm) and it is just Image Stabilization.

What I can add is that I used to be very frustrated with my setup as I battled to get it to focus where I wanted it to and it was slow/sluggish between zooms to focus and shoot. After extensive reading up and fiddling with the settings I now get much better pics - mostly changing the way it focuses and getting the focus point as small as possible and disabling stuff like pic previews after every shot and shortening exposure times.

Exact same setup I used for my bird pics shared here  8)
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