Lifer galore!

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8 years 1 month ago #13095 by Doug
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Hi all.

I went with Karen and Connor this morning up to Zaagkuilsdrift, Elands River, Dinokeng and surrounds to try and get Karen to her 200th bird. Leaving for Zaagkuil on 162, we were hopefull.

Overall and awesome day's birding and I managed to get Karen 32 lifers leaving her tantalizingly close on 195.

Just a few pics from what, light wise, was an absolutely lousy day for photographs..

Grey Go-away-bird


Pearl-breasted Swallow


Common House-martin

Karen's 33 lifers ended up being:
Arrow-marked babbler
Southern Pied Babbler
European bee-eater
White-fronted Bee-eater
Rattling Cisticola
Levaillant's Cuckoo
Little Egret
Scaly-feathered Finch
Jameson's Firefinch
Little Grebe
Black Heron
Common House-martin
Bronw-hooded Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher
Common Moorhen
African Palm-swift
Buffy Pipit
Tawny-flanked Prinia
White-browed Scrub-robin
Black-chested Snake-eagle
White-browed Sparrow-weaver
Swainson's Spurfowl
Burchell's Starling
Cape Glossy Starling
Wattled Starling
Marico Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird
Barn Swallow
Greater Striped Swallow
Lesser Striped Swallow
Pearl-breasted Swallow
Red-breasted Swallow
Chestnut-vented Titbabbler

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8 years 1 month ago #13096 by Dave Shedman
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That's a great collection of lifers for a day! 13 of those would have been lifers for us too. Nice to know the European Bee Eaters and Barn Swallows are around too, haven't seen any here yet. Our tradition has become, since moving to this house, to say that summer starts the day we see the first European Bee Eater on the powerlines outside - shouldn't be long now. :D

Well done, Karen, you'll be on 200 before you know it.

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8 years 1 month ago #13098 by waldens@faerieglen
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Congratulations Karen, happy birding! I find it very rewarding when I can help a relatively "new" birder finding birds to add to their list. I tend to skim over the common birds when I go atlassing, they're just a tick on my list, but to find them for somebody is great fun, and makes me look at them from a different perspective. Just because I have seen them many times, doesn't make them boring. It's great to hear that Connor is also involved. Maybe, when he grows up he'll follow in Dad's footsteps. <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: --> These days a lot of people tend to take their kids to the mall, instead of teaching them about nature, and it's refreshing to see that some youngsters take an interest in birds, nature, etc. Being a granny to3 teenagers, I sometimes want to pull my hair out when I see how callous these kids can be about birds, animals and nature in general. They seem to take their environment for granted. When they were small I used to point out birds, veld flowers, etc out to them, but these days they're just not interested, which saddens me.

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8 years 1 month ago #13102 by sulamk
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congratulations Karen!

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8 years 1 month ago #13107 by Karen
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Dave Shedman wrote: That's a great collection of lifers for a day! 13 of those would have been lifers for us too. Nice to know the European Bee Eaters and Barn Swallows are around too, haven't seen any here yet. Our tradition has become, since moving to this house, to say that summer starts the day we see the first European Bee Eater on the powerlines outside - shouldn't be long now. :D

Well done, Karen, you'll be on 200 before you know it.

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8 years 1 month ago #13108 by Karen
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waldens@faerieglen wrote: Congratulations Karen, happy birding! I find it very rewarding when I can help a relatively "new" birder finding birds to add to their list. I tend to skim over the common birds when I go atlassing, they're just a tick on my list, but to find them for somebody is great fun, and makes me look at them from a different perspective. Just because I have seen them many times, doesn't make them boring. It's great to hear that Connor is also involved. Maybe, when he grows up he'll follow in Dad's footsteps. <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: --> These days a lot of people tend to take their kids to the mall, instead of teaching them about nature, and it's refreshing to see that some youngsters take an interest in birds, nature, etc. Being a granny to3 teenagers, I sometimes want to pull my hair out when I see how callous these kids can be about birds, animals and nature in general. They seem to take their environment for granted. When they were small I used to point out birds, veld flowers, etc out to them, but these days they're just not interested, which saddens me.


Thank you - We need to make our children care for nature, birds, animals and insects and the only way we can do it, is by introducing it to them, cause, we are slowly loosing all those things and when it is gone we can not replace it. Teach children from a young age the value of nature and they will understand the value of life.

Karen

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8 years 1 month ago #13109 by Karen
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sulamk wrote: congratulations Karen!


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