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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by HannoLangenhoven » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:33 am

Another addition to the list, Green Sandpiper @ Northern Farms. New list total 803
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by JoelR » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:39 am

Eish. Looks like people have been busy birding! Congrats on all barriers broken, target species found etc. We had a bit of a family break over Christmas and did a belated honeymoon - luckily I took my binos because I found 19 lifers taking me up to 606!

In order of appearance:

Common Swift (Nshawu, Kruger NP)
Garden Warbler (Mabukuweni NR, Bulawayo)
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow (Toro Lodge, Kasane)
Purple-banded Sunbird (Toro Lodge & Kalizo Lodge, Caprivi)
Copper Sunbird (Mowana Lodge, Kasane)
African Crake (Kalizo)
Sand Martin (Kalizo)
Black Coucal (Kalizo)
White-browed Coucal (Kalizo, Shakawe & Okavango Delta)
Luapula Cisticola (Kalizo & Okavango Delta)
Plain-backed Pipit (Kalizo & Okavango Delta)
Violet Woodhoopoe* (close to Shamvura Camp)
Souza's Shrike (close to Shamvura)
African Golden Oriole (close to Shamvura)
European Honey-Buzzard (Mahango NR)
Slaty Egret (Mahango NR & Okavango Delta)
Western Banded Snake-Eagle (Shakawe)
Chirping Cisticola (Okavango Delta)
Greater Swamp-Warbler (Okavango Delta)

*The sighting of Violet Woodhoopoes this far east in Namibia might be contentious since the distribution maps do not show the species east of Rundu. However, all the marked differences with the Green Woodhoopoe were clearly present (longer tail, coppery head, blue/violet shine in stead of green).

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:32 pm

Sion wrote:Its been a while since i last updated my total ,
So long i seem to have been removed :D
bringing my total up to

678 Photographed.

Very impressive Sion, this total being photographed! Well Done! :clap: Don't think I'm even close counting the photographed list..

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by nightjar » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:38 pm

On a trip to SA in December and January I added 30 birds to my life list (20 of them seen in SAN Parks) taking me up to 444.
The new additions are:
Pink-backed Pelican (iSimangaliso)
White-backed Night-Heron (KNP - Shimuwini)
Cape Vulture (Golden Gate)
Lesser Spotted Eagle (KNP)
Eurasian Hobby (KNP)
Grey-winged Francolin (Golden Gate)
Common Quail (Golden Gate)
Great Spotted Cuckoo (KNP)
African Barred Owlet (KNP - Biyamiti)
Horus Swift (St Lucia and KNP)
Grey-headed Kingfisher (KNP - Pafuri)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (iSimangaliso)
Ground Woodpecker (Golden Gate)
Red-throated Wryneck (Didima)
Monotonous Lark (KNP – everywhere in the north)
Dusky Lark (KNP)
White-throated Swallow (Golden Gate)
Banded Martin (Golden Gate)
Cape Rock-Thrush (Didima)
Lesser Swamp Warbler (KNP - Shimuwini)
Croaking Cisticola (Didima)
Drakensberg Prinia (Didima)
Pale Flycatcher (KNP)
Woodwards' Batis (St Lucia)
Gorgeous Bush-shrike (Hluhluwe and KNP - Pafuri)
Southern Brown-throated Weaver (St Lucia)
Yellow-crowned Bishop (Golden Gate)
Fan-tailed Widowbird (KZN)
Grey Waxbill (St Lucia)
Village Indigobird (KNP)

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by rodsab » Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:33 pm

Hi all...

i have managed to add a few to my list.. (some were not transfered from my birdbook to my Roberts multimedia, from where i get my total...)

Jackobin Cuckoo KNP Punda Maria Dec 08
African Wattled Lapwing KNP Lower Sabi Sept 09
Brown Headed Parrot KNP Punda Maria Dec 08
African Scops Owl KNP Satara Oct 07
Common Waxbill Tzaneen Nkowa Nkowa Dec 09
Longcrested Eagle Tzaneen Debegeni turn off Dec 09
Squacco Herron Nylsvley Jan 2010
Little Bittern Nylsvley Jan 2010
African Purple Swamphen Nylsvley Jan 2010

This brings me up to 235... My target for this year is 300... it seems so far off

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Batmad » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:28 pm

My new tottal is 379 after a trip to kruger.

I am sadly leaving the forums so this will be my last total post.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by deefstes » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:56 pm

First of all, congratulations to everyone who's been adding new birds to their lists and especially those who've reached some major milestones. Looks like December was a good month.

Of course I have to make special mention of Hanno who overtook me (like he's been threatening) and reaching 800. In fact, as I'm typing this he's off to Mozambique again for some more of that action but in the mean while I'm happy to report that I've been on a little trip myself.

My wife and I departed for Pomene in south central Mozambique on Christmas day for a week of scuba diving after which we drove up to Beira where I met some more birding friends for another week around central Mozambique. En route to Pomene I picked up Olive-headed Weaver near Panda and a quick stop at Vilanculos on the way north produced Madagascar Bee-eater on the 31st of December - my 800th bird and exactly 10 years (to the day) after I ticked my first bird.

In central Moz we followed a very similar route to Niall and Hanno (and it seems just about everyone else who's been trampling those grounds lately). We dipped on some of the important ones (like the Pitta, Akalat and Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo) but we did pick up some awesome birds and 13 more lifers for me, putting my list on 813.

Lifers picked up during the trip:
Locustfinch @ Rio Savane
Great Snipe @ Rio Savane
Tiny Greenbul @ Rio Savane
Black-and-white Flycatcher @ Dondo-Muanza
Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike @ Dondo-Muanza
Black-headed Apalis @ Catapu
White-chested Alethe @ Catapu
Western Violet-backed Sunbird @ Gorongosa
Moustached Grass-Warbler @ Gorongosa
Green-headed Oriole @ Gorongosa
Red-winged Warbler @ Gorongosa
Rufous-bellied Heron @ Dondo-Muanza
Tree Pipit @ Christmas Pass
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by pantera leo » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:01 pm

Also back from holiday in Pretoria and a 4 day trip to Kruger ( with non-birding Driver) and added 44 Lifers
Heron, Goliath
Heron, Green-backed
Heron, Black-crowned Night-
Bittern, Little
Stork, African Open-billed
Ibis, Glossy
Duck, White-faced
Duck, African Black
Eagle, Black-chested Snake-
Kite, Yellow-billed
Goshawk, Dark Chanting
Francolin, Crested
Bustard, Black-bellied
Lapwing, White-crowned
Sandpiper, Common
Stilt, Black-winged
Tern, Wiskered
Parakeet, Roseringed
Cuckoo, Black
Cuckoo, Jacobin
Owl, Barn
Owl, Southern White-faced Scops-
Owl, Verreaux's Eagle-
Kingfisher, Woodland
Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked
Bee-eater, Southern Carmine
Bee-eater, Little
Roller, European
Roller, Purple
Honeybird, Brown-backed
Swallow, Red-breasted
Chat, Red-capped Robin-
Chat, White-throated Robin-
Apalis, Bar-throated
Prinia, Tawny-flanked
Flycatcher, African Dusky
Flycatcher, Pale
Starling, Violet-backed
Starling, Burchell's
Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo-
Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Lesser Masked-
Quelea, Red-billed
Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted

New total 290 and year end goal of 350 for now!

Great Birding everybody else! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:40 am

Congrats and very well done to all those 800'ers! :clap:
Fantastic and dedicated achievement.

I just did a recount of my list and have made it to 284. :D
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by jacliz » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:16 pm

Whilst unpacking my dishwasher this morning I heard an unfamiliar bird call. I looked out of the window and added Greater Honeyguide to my list -without even leaving the house :shock: Takes me to 315
Oct 29/Nov 14: KTC, Urikaruus, Grootkolk, Nossob, KK, KTC
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Laksman » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:13 pm

Move me up to 437 please.

New lifers:
Forest Canary - Magoebaskloof.
African Crowned Eagle - Duivelskloof.
African Yellow White-eye - Crookes Corner.
Village Indigobird - Pafuri.
Crested Guineafowl - Punda Maria.
Great Spotted Cuckoo - Punda.
Cape Vulture - Punda.
Pennant-winged Nightjar - Punda.
Yellow-throated Petronia - Hans Merensky NR.
Green Sandpiper - Hans Merensky NR.
Dark Chanting Goshawk - Hans Merensky NR.

My target fot the year is 500.

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:07 pm

Hi Ferdelance.

Please update my new total to 550, with latest lifers being:

Drakensberg Siskin, Oliviershoekpas
Cape Parrot, Benvie Garden, Karkloof
Green Malkoha, Pigeon Valley,
White-eared Barbet, Pigeon Valley
Grey Sunbird, Umvoti River forest
Eastern Olive Sunbird, Umvoti River forest
Rufouswinged Cisticola, Jex Estate
Orange Ground Thrush, Benvie Gardens Karkloof
Botha's Lark, Harrismith
Palmnut Vulture, Mtunzini
Trumpeter Hornbill, Mtunzini
Bearded Vulture, Sterkfontein Dam
White-necked Raven, Oliviershoekpas
Swift Tern, Umhlanga Lagoon
White-fronted Plover, Umhlanga Lagoon
Woodwards Batis, St Lucia
Rudds Apalis, St Lucia
Brownthroated WEaver, St Lucia
Darkbacked Weaver, St Lucia & Umvoti River
Yellow Weaver, Umvoti River Estuary
Pink-backed Pelican, Barberspan
Sanderling, Umvoti River Estuary
Mongolian Plover, Umvoti River Estuary
Cape Gull, Umhlanga Beach
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:15 pm

Some other great sightings I had during this trip, althought not lifers.

At Harrismith;
Southern Bald ibis,
Pink-billed, Red-capped, Spike-heeled, eastern long-billed larks with the Botha's Larks.
Blue Korhaan x2 right next to the road.
Barrows korhaan
Plenty of Amur falcons.

Then on the Oliviershoekpas & Sterkfontein Dam area:
A few jackal buzzards, white-necked ravens in the road together with a huge troop of baboons refusing to get out of the way.

Plenty of Yellow-billed and black kites in Kzn.
As well as Osprey, Crowned Eagles

Chorister Robin Chats at Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve as well as at Benvie Gardens.
Also at Benvie gardens: Narina trogon.

A rather strange place for a sighting of 4 Southern Bald Ibis, of one was a juvenile being fed by mom: in the sugarcane plantations at the Jex Estate Umvoti River Estuary.
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by TrevorC » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:14 pm

Hi fellow twitchers

I am new to this forum and relatively new to birding, and looking at some of the numbers posted here makes my modest 315 seem very ordinary. I am off to Sabi River Bungalows for a week on Friday and then to my first Big birding weekend in KNP at Olifants, so hope to add many more in the next 10 days.
Hope to see some fellow forum members at the birding weekend. Is anyone else going to be at Olifants?

Happy birding!!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Johann » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:45 am

Congratulations to Déwald and Hanno for reaching the big 800 and to Yolandé for reaching 550 in double-quick time. And of course to everybody else who might have reached some personal milestones during the holidays (Joel and others).

I had a trip to Kruger at the beginning of January via some Limpopo birding spots (Doorndraai dam, Roodewal forest & Muirhead dam). In Kruger we stayed over at Mopani, Pafuri and Punda Maria. While mammal sightings weren't all that great it was my best birding in Kruger ever. Managed to get 230 species passing my previous best of 208 quite easily. Got 5 lifers in all, moving my total up to 556.

552 Green-capped Eremomela Eremomela scotops Donkerwangbossanger - Doorndraai dam near Mokopane & few days later at Crooks' Corner
553 Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus Witborsvleivalk - Nshawu near Mopani, saw more after that south of Mopani & near Klopperfontein dam
554 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus minor Swerfvalk - 1km north of the Luvhuvhu bridge at Pafuri, they've been reported to breed in nearby Lanner Gorge
555 Common Quail Coturnix coturnix Afrikaanse Kwartel - S60 near Punda Maria
556 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Europese Koekoek - S60 near Punda Maria
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Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea Laeveldklappertjie

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