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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by MattAxel » Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:13 pm

I thought it was meant to get tougher to get lifers once you get over 600? I got 3 this morning all within an hour of my house. Garden Warbler at Bishop Park in Centurion, then Eurasian Honey Buzzard and Ayre's Hawk-Eagle in Pretoria, so I'm up to 603

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:20 am

Laine up to 598 with Stierling's Wren-Warbler.
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Unread post by NetEk » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:35 pm

I hang my head in shame only 103 for this year. Should pick up some more in December at Mapunghubwe.
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Ferdelance » Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words Huntsman! :thumbs_up:

No prob Crested Val! I'm sure you will yes. Summer is always productive! :-)

NetEk what do you mean 103 for the year. Is that your total or just what you have seen this year alone? :D :hmz: The totals that I mention are just goals that people can set for thier life lists... not a must! :-)
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by MattAxel » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:28 pm

Added Monotonous Lark south of Rust de Winter in Gauteng this morning, so up to 604

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:37 pm

I am on the move at last. 561 Red necked pharalope at Strandfontein.
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:40 am

BB, you are not going to beat me that easily. Up to 561 now with Striped Pipit :D

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Eugene123 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:44 pm

I have added a few new ticks in the past couple of months:
Green-capped Eremomela - Wilge Rivier
Black Sparrowhawk - Kloofendal
White-breasted Cuckooshrike - Groenkloof NR
Arnot's Chat )
Stierling's Wren-Warbler ) Punda
Common Swift )
Senegal Coucal )
Mottled Spinetail - Sagole Big Tree
My new total is 630 and hopefully I can add some more during my next two trips Dec/ Jan2014 in Punda and Satara and Jan 2014 Lower Sabie BBW

Congrats on 600 MattAxel!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by MattAxel » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Eugene123 wrote:Congrats on 600 MattAxel!


Thanks Eugene123 :thumbs_up: Well done on your new additions. Arnot's Chat and Senegal Coucal are cracking birds to get in South Africa!

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Super Mongoose » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:46 pm

Can I ask, how many years did it take you guys to get to the 600"s?

But just want to say WELL DONE to all the mites, some amazing lifer list totals here!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:09 am

It can take a long while if you don't widen your birding hunting grounds, Super Mongoose.

I've been birding since Oct 2003 and I am now on 648.

But in saying so, I have undertaken the task of ticking 600 species this year within South Africa's borders. Currently I am on 510 with one month to go to get the outstanding 90 ticks! So it is very possible to do this in one year. :wink:
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:20 am

Yip it all depends how much you bird. I've been birding for many years, but only started becoming serious about my lists in the past 3 years or so, so most of the 600 birds on my list have been seen in the past 3 years. For example this year I've seen over 400 just in the wider Gauteng area, and close to 500 this year in South Africa.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:31 am

Yup Matt is correct in saying that it depends on how much you bird. I have been birding for about 6 years now and it took me about 4 years to reach my 500. For the last two years, I have been quite busy as family is priority which limits my birding time and travelling time by a lot, so I have only added about 60 new birds in 2 years.

One can easily reach 600 within a year, if you have the time and money to travel around South Africa.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Trevor Hardaker » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:21 pm

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:
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by NetEk » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:49 pm

Ferdelance wrote:NetEk what do you mean 103 for the year. Is that your total or just what you have seen this year alone? :D :hmz: The totals that I mention are just goals that people can set for thier life lists... not a must! :-)



That's my year list. Never counted my life list yet. (guess what I'm doing tonight)

Hi Trevor I use the year list on Niall's nature page to keep track of my list

PM my if you want the link I don't think he minds anybody getting on and keeping their lists there. I also use his photos to double check my "findings" I find it easier to ID from a photo.
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