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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:17 am 
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90 to go with just over a month left! You'll have to up the game somewhat. :twisted: Maybe the extra oomf of extra ooms will help you to pull this one off... :lol:

That could help considerably! I am stuck in the mud at the moment. Hoping to get to Bora this Sunday and then launch an assault on Zaagkuil, Mkhombo and Mabusa the weekend of the 7th and 8th. Off to Cape Town around the 18th with a day's birding in the Karoo en route. Then hoping to do a Magoebaskloof visit to finish up the year.

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Trevor Hardaker wrote:
Don't stress too much about how quickly or slowly you reach a particular milestone - it will all come in good time. If you head out of the blocks too fast, you will soon get to a point where the lifers are very few and far between and that can be equally as depressing...

I spend a lot of time birding and have only added 2 to my SA list this year so far - that has also pretty much been my average increment of additions for probably the last 10 years or so. It's very slow going at the moment...

Having said that, people have achieved some fantastic totals in a year alone in Southern Africa with the current record still held by Niall Perrins at 826 species in a calendar year. So, if you have the time, money and motivation, anything is possible.

As much as I love my Southern African list and adding new birds to it, these days I spend time birding further afield to still enjoy the feeling of getting good numbers of lifers. My birding in Southern Africa this year has been limited to lots of time in the field in the Western Cape, 5 days in the Kgalagadi, a weekend in Jo'burg and another weekend at Nylsvlei, but I've also been fortunate to spend the first 6 days of 2013 in Colombia and then another 2 weeks in June in Peru. And I still have India to look forward to before the year ends. I'm not sure of my exact year list total at the moment, but I certainly went over 1000 species for the year a couple of months ago already...

It's all just numbers really and not all that important. As long as you enjoy whatever time you have available to go birding, that is all that is really important. Numbers are only secondary...

Of course, if the opportunity to add another lifer to my SA list pops up, I would certainly grab it with both hands and be smiling all the way... :lol:


I totally agree with your approach, Trevor, I just enjoy the birding, and get excited every time I see a new birdie! I'm in no rush, just enjoying the journey! :D


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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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I think everyone that posts here is very interested in getting the numbers. That is, after all, what the thread is about... :hmz:

Trevor's site www.zestforbirds.co.za has a section where he details the difference between twitchers, birdwatchers, birders, int. al. which is a great read and is also a section into which we all fall, though under different monikers.

I need 27 or so for my end-of-year 501 target and am running out of time, so let's hope that a week at Barberspan nets me a dozen waders. (Some pics would be great too!)

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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wildtuinman wrote:
Hoping to get to Bora this Sunday and then launch an assault on Zaagkuil, Mkhombo and Mabusa the weekend of the 7th and 8th.


WTM - if you need some company on the 7th or 8th please let me know :thumbs_up: :D

I managed to add 10 lifers last week on my trip to Zululand so now up to 533 :D :D

Red-capped Robin-Chat
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
White-eared Barbet
Green Barbet
Spotted Ground Thrush
Dark-backed Weaver
Black-bellied Starling
Purple-banded Sunbird
Palmnut Vulture
African Finfoot

Now reached my 530 target so let's try push for 535 in the last few weeks :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Will contact you shortly, Trev. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Please add one to my total, ferdelance. Olive-tree warbler seen in camp during the Balule Bash takes me up to 659

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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I'm up to 608 After adding Dusky Indigobird, Stierling's Wren-Warbler, Short-tailed Pipit and Flappet Lark (one of my biggest bogey birds).


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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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November 2013

GROUP 900
1 Trevor Hardaker 908 Aug 13

GROUP 800
3 Niall 857 Sept 13
2 Lizet Grobbelaar 857 Aug 13
4 Deefstes 841 Aug 13
5 Hanno Langenhoven 803 Jan 10
6 Johnd 800 May 12

GROUP 700
7 Bosnimf 769 Jan 13
8 Jakkalsbessie 764 Aug 13
9 Yolande Oelsen 735 Nov 12
10 JoelR 707 Jan 13
11 Moegaai 700 Dec 12

GROUP 600
12 Oryx 698 Nov 10
13 Sion 678 Jan 10 (photographed)
14 Adansonia 676 Jul 10
15 Johan van Rensburg 659 (+1) Nov 13
16 Ladybirder 650 March 13
17 Wildtuinman 648 Oct 13
18 Elminster 643 Feb 10 (SO = 570)
19 wildjohn 640 Jan 07
20 Bookman 635 Mar 09
21 Snoobab 633 (+31) Nov 13
22 Johan N 633 Oct 13
23 Johann 631 March 13 (T=650)
24 Gfordyce 631 Apr 10
25 Eugene123 630 (+8) Nov 13
26 Imax 627 Oct 13
27 Scops 614 Aug 13
28 Mattaxel 608 (+4) Nov 13
29 Leonie2 607 Oct 12
30 Ferdelance 606 Sept 13
31 O-Dog 604 March 12
32 Wolph 602 Apr 12
33 Adrianp 600 Sept 13

GROUP 500
34 Laine 598 (+1) Nov 13
35 Ivan 594 March 13
36 Francoisd 588 Jan 12
37 Pieter Steyn 567 Jan 12
38 Bush Baptist 561 (+1) Nov 13
39 Dotdan 561 (+1) Nov 13

40 Jacqual 560 Jul 09
41 Malles 550 Apr 10
42 Pantera Leo 542 (+4) Nov 13
43 Skopsie 541 Jan 12
44 Walt3 536 Dec 12 (T=550)
45 TrevorC 533 (+10) Nov 13 (T=535)
46 Gary 522 Nov 11
47 Batmad 515 (+5) Nov 13
48 MikeV 513 Oct 09
49 Kameelperd 509 April 13
50 Eben Lombard 502 Jan 10

GROUP 400
51 Tilandi 491 (+4) Nov 13
52 Falconry4ever 490 Feb 11
53 Huntsman 484 Oct 13 (T=501)
54 Roan 481 March 13
55 Salamanda 475 Jul 10
56 Penza 463 Sept 13
57 DavenJan 460 Sept 13
58 Nkumbe 449 Aug 12
59 Rusty Justy 449 May 10
60 Aquila#12 447 Aug 11
61 Kenpick 446 March 13 (T=460)
62 TaraLB 446 Feb 08
63 nightjar 444 Jan 10
64 Barcud 441 Aug 10
65 FireFinch 439 Dec 11
66 Laksman 437 Jan 10
67 Richman 433 Oct 12
68 Kingfisha/Hubby 433 Dec 09
69 Michelle Nel(Caracal) 426 March 11
70 Kika 424 Sept 12
71 Jacliz 423 May 12
72 Maddy 418 Sep 10
73 Wondercloak 418 Oct 08
74 SaGecko 415 Oct 12
75 McGyver 414 Oct 10
76 AddictedToBirds 411 Oct 13
77 mountainview 408 April 11
78 bosmadmark 402 June 13

GROUP 300

79 PNF 393 June 13 (T=400)
80 Arks 391 April 13
81 wildthing 390 (+2) Oct 13
82 Gjorgi 389 Jan 12
83 Jan46 388 Nov 11
84 Estienne 387 Feb 11
85 Wild Family 386 Jun 07
86 pnm 383 (+6) Nov 13 (T =395)
87 Jaytea 382 Sept 13
88 Jurgens 380 Apr 09
89 Bok bok 376 Jan 07
90 Duke Ellieton 372 March 13 (T=400)
91 Sharifa 366 March 13 (T=401)
92 BushBuddies 362 Oct 13
93 KobusF 361 June 13
94 Anne MarieSA 354 March 13 (T=370)
95 Guinea Pig 351 Jan 13
96 Black Harrier 346 Feb 11
97 Sky 345 May 12
98 JenB 338 Oct 09 (T=450)
99 Jeanus 338 Nov 08
100 Nattim 336 Apr 12 (T=350)
101 Bahamut 332 March 12
102 Rooies 331 Sep 08
103 Magaff 327 Oct 08
104 Ifubesi 325 Sep 10
105 Cherries 323 March 13
106 Kwando 322 Nov 11
107 JP Huis 322 Mar 09
108 DuQues 318 Jan 13
109 Josh of the Bushveld 313 Sept 11
110 Oddesy 308 Oct 13 (T=350)
111 Dabchick 303 Nov 10
112 Rodsab 301 May 11

GROUP 200
113 Gerhard & Marthie 296 Jan 12
114 Freda 296 Apr 08
115 Jungle Junkie 293 March 12
116 kooscra 293 Feb 11
117 Skyjuggler 286 Apr 09
118 Elsa 284 Jan 10
119 Asterix & Obelix 283 Jan 08
120 Wildewilhelm 277 Mar 09
121 Eugene & Cathy 267 Aug 09
122 Davejenny 254 Nov 11
123 Sprocky 254 Dec 09
124 RosemaryH 251 Mar 08
125 csummers 250 Feb 09
126 Wild about cats 249 April 11
127 Hobbit 248 Mar 09
128 Crested Val 245 April 13 (T=250)
129 Kingfishergirl 239 Feb 09
130 Granjan 238 Aug 12
131 cpetzer 238 Jul 08
132 Senyetse 238 Jan 08
133 Junior1449 237 Oct 08
134 Super mongoose 230 March 13 (T=250)
135 Beefmaster 228 Nov 08
136 Mel123 226 Dec 12
137 Katja 223 Jan 07
138 Boje1212 221 Sept 12
139 Flutterby 219 April 11
140 Scottm 215 Jan 12
141 Mgoddard 214 April 11
142 gavinp 214 Jan 07
143 Deville 213 Jan 07
144 Ossendrywer 211 Jan 11
145 MarkwildDog 212 Aug 08
146 H.erectus 209 Oct 13 (T=201)
147 SuperBat 208 Apr 10
148 Neil Crawford 206 Mar 09
149 ShakeyJakes 205 May 09
150 Alf King 205 May 09
151 BushAddict 203 Jan 103

GROUP 100
152 DinkyBird 199 Aug 10 (T=200)
153 Restio 197 Mar 08
154 jonty1 189 Mar 08
155 acekam 188 Feb 07
156 Oumie 181 Jan 07
157 leopardspotter 181 Jan 07
158 MaryMattMillie 176 Nov 11
159 Jock 174 Aug 08
160 bucky 170 Mar 07
161 Bontebok 168 Jul 10 (T=220)
162 Barryels 167 Sept 13
163 Normana53 164 Oct 09
164 Wild@Heart 160 Jan 07
165 Michael367 148 (photo's) July 11
166 Batsman 146 Jun 09
167 bert 131 Jul 08
168 JacoPietersen 128 Nov 12
169 Alicia 124 June 12
170 bentley 121 Aug 07
171 Albert 110 May 13
172 jjboth 108 Aug 13
173 jaapvandijk 105 Jan 07
174 NetEk 103 Nov 13 (frozen pending life list total...)

GROUP <100
175 Quin2008 75 Dec 09
176 Meinfam 71 Jan 07
177 Toddelelfe 67 Jan 07
178 scipio 61 Feb 08
179 Moira de Swart 33 Dec 08
180 Rusky 31 (worldlist 464) (Aus list 219) (India list 238) Sept 12
181 Curtis Dillon 18 Dec 98

Enjoy the birding and listing.... :thumbs_up:

To all the fellow birders out there, join in the list and become involved
in the challenge and get a ranking!


So long as we have fun and love the moments out there!

The climbers are highlighted in red and a very well done to you
New entries are in blue!!!
Orange are the movers to a higher group !

Well done to this months new jacket holders!
The 3 biggest climbers for November being:

1- Snoobab (31) - Red Jacket
2- TrevorC (10)- Green Jacket
3- Eugene123 (8) -Blue Jacket

Please make mention of the Target you want to reach by the end of 2013 , and please also post your total and target in BOLD. It makes it much easier to see for me....
P.S once you've mentioned your total thats fine unless you want to update the mark!

Keep up the Birding and what ever you guys and girls do enjoy it while you still can!
Summer she's here! Go get them birds.... :-)

Merry Christmas and a God Bless everyone out there this December! :-)


Looks like we may just start to venture into the summer. Keep safe on the roads out there.........
Wishing you all a safe and successful rest of the year! Whatever you do keep one eye on the feathered friends! Well done on all those successful updates!
Keep an eye out for those real specials!
Master of Stats signing off.......
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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Hi Ferdelance

I see am listed as frozen (and here in Paarl we are getting days of 40°!). I assume it is because I lost some birds and went backwards. This quite correct but 377 is now my confirmed total. I shall not be looking for anymore missing birds off my lists. It is just my tough luck that I lost some birds and it serves me right for not keeping backup lists. BUT how do I become unfrozen? For that matter I am not quite sure what is meant by "froze"? I see some other poor soul is in the same boat as me.

I recently did a trip to WCNP and Rocherpan and got quite a few lifers which I will send through soon. My 2013 goal remains 395 (I am the pessimist, yeah.)

Thanks for all the work here

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Hey pnm... ROFL! You just made my day..... :-)

No worries. All it takes for you to unfreeze is by telling me that your total is correct or you have added to it! :thumbs_up:

I just thought it was cruel to drop you down so I kept you in your position till you tell me your good again! :rtm: :D

The other 'poor' soul is trying to add a yearlist. Till he confirms that this is in fact his lifelist he will also stay in a cryogenic state.... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: How many birds on your list
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Hi Ferdelance - you are a kind man! But my news is good. My trip to Rocherpan and the WCNP got me a group of lifers and

my official total is 383

with my target 395 by year end.

My great news is that I managed to get ONE night in the Mountain Zebra Park in December and will be snapping away like mad. I may just make that 395. Am I now officially unfrozen? Being frozen in 40°heat takes a lot of work.

Birding is fun and the people are fun.

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Guilty I started counting my life list and got side tracked by a 3 year old with ear infection. Will try and finish it tonight.


For the record I HATE LBJ's......... never sure if my Id is correct sorry I'm anal if I'm not sure I don't count it.

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Hello NetEk Seems it was the two of us in the cryogenic boat! I managed to defrost by a looooong day trip after shorebirds where I knew I would get quite a few llifers.

And don't worry about being anal about not putting birds on the lists unless you are 100% sure - I do the same. Claiming a bird that you have not seen - I mean, the only person you are fooling is yourself and in the end you take away the fun. So stick to your guns on this!

May I make a suggestion about LBJs. I have come to love them and hate them at the same time. So often a really drab one that you swear you have seen a thousand times suddenly is a new tick once you have analysed the photos. This is how I make my Kruger trips last for months. I spend ten days in the park snapping away like mad (between 2500-4000 shots for a longer trip). I then come home and spend three months at least sorting slowly through all the photos, picking the best, confirming ID etc. It is a lovely way to spend a wintery evening in the Cape storms. By the time I have deleted all the bad photos or doubled up photos I have only a few hundred left and those are my memories of the trip.

I am lucky that I have no three year olds getting ear infections (Ouch - those are nasty) - mine are 28 and 29 years respectively and have to look after their own ear infections! Can't wait to see you out of the freezer!

Best wishes

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488 for me pls Ferdelance.

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