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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:22 pm

Dear manicwalker, Meandering Mouse and Hilda,
Thanks. Hornbills are lovely.... I will now send some more pics of another Hornbill species..... and of a bird I don't know what it is. Perhaps you can help me....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:36 pm

Dear 'mites,
It was our fifth day in KTP.... Hornbills were often found.... But it was truly a pleasure to find this juvenile African Grey Hornbill!

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In this pic we can see this outstanding bird, with such a conspicuous and curious beak!

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This other Grey Hornbill was sharing a perch with a Lilac-Breasted Roller.

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Another bird we saw relatively often but it was a pearl to be contemplated was the Marico Flycatcher.

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Finally can someone help me with this chick. I am not sure what it is. When we saw it in the field we thought it could be an Ostrich. But where is the long neck of the Ostrich chick. Then I looked at my guides and couldn't find it.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:06 pm

Wonderful pictures of all the birds :clap: :clap:

So frustrating when bird books don't show pictures of the young ones :wall: :wall:

The grey hornbills have the most musical song :D . Stopped me dead in my tracks :clap:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:58 am

umtali1 wrote:Wonderful pictures of all the birds :clap: :clap:


The grey hornbills have the most musical song :D . Stopped me dead in my tracks :clap:


I agree with the melodic song of the African Grey Hornbill. They are much shyer than the other hornbills. You were so lucky to get such clear sightings.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:38 pm

Beautiful portrait of the juvenile Grey Hornbill Charbel, and the adult is just as beautiful! I must say, we saw so many of them up north during our October visit. They are awesome! :clap: :clap:

That pretty little bird is indeed a Marico Flycatcher, if I am not mistaken. :clap: :clap:

The adorable little chick is a Crowned Lapwing chick. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:24 pm

Thanks Charbel for a lot of amazing bird shots especially love the ones from the hornbills :clap:

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:27 pm

Dear Umtali, Meandering Mouse, Hilda and Pumbaa,

Thanks for the comments! It is indeed a Crowned Lapwing (or Plover) chick. I never heard the song of the Grey Hornbill. Something to look for in the next trip.

I will add new pics for this TR.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:33 pm

Beautiful bird images and you captured them perfectly. :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:54 pm

Dear Jan van Wyk
Thanks!
I will add more bird pics now....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:33 pm

Dear 'mites,

In Kamqua we found a group of Red-Headed Finches. Marvelous birds, which can be seen in large flocks as the one we observed that day.

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If something makes a noise, then, we can see how fast they launch themselves into the air! Nice view!

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Finally here is a closer image of this beautiful bird.

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We also found some Scaly-Feathered Finch, a cozy bird which seems to use a goatee.

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In this close-up its fashionable style can be better seen, also including some rebel head feathers.

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As it was the case with other finches, we could sometimes also find them foraging in the ground.

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We saw Crimson-Breasted Shrikes quite often in KTP. But they were not always easy to photograph, being secluded among branches. This day, however, we found a bolder animal, who allowed me to take good pics.

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Here is a closer look.

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What a beautiful animal!

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Finally, a view of the shrike's back, with such shiny blackish feathers.

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That's it for now. Next posting will be in my older KNP TR.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:43 pm

Beautiful finches and bush shrike :clap: :clap:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:25 am

Charbel,
Your bird photos are beautiful...
The crimson shrike photos are lovely, :clap: :clap:
I have yet to get a decent photo of one......
they never seem to sit still for long enough for me :(

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:33 am

Beautiful bird sightings, superbly captured Charbel! :clap: :clap:

Great sighting of the flock of Red-headed Finches, and my favourite is the close image of one of them! Indeed a very pretty little bird! :clap: :clap:

The beautiful Scaly-feathered Finches always look so angry! Love that close-up as well! Gorgeous little bird! :clap: :clap:

The Crimson-breasted Shrikes with their striking red and black colours are awesome, but really difficult to photograph! Great shots of them too! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:46 pm

Dear Umtali, Manicwalker and Hilda,
Thanks for the comments. I am glad the bird pics seem agreeable. As a bird watcher that's special. I agree, Hilda, the Scaly-feathered Finch looks like a bully, angry guy or girl....
Manicwalker, it was hard to get those beautiful shrikes to sit still for a moment. Most of them kept hoping around among branches....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Pumbaa » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:00 am

Amazing whots of the red headed finches and from the crimson breasted shrike, Charbel :thumbs_up:

Birds from which we still Need decent shots - Thanks for yours :gflower:


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