A few more from Kruger (Part II)

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6 years 1 month ago #57657 by mossie
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Hi

I thought I would add a few more from Kruger. I must say, from a birding prospective, the road that runs along the Sabi river, to the right of Kruger Gate is an amazing stretch of birding. In two days, in the area of the Gate, (including the wonderful Lake Panic Hide) I got over a 100 species, at a time when only a few of the migrants had arrived. And most upsetting was that the only Mossie seen, was in the reflection of the mirror <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->
Here goes a few more pictures. I must appologise, as most are just re-sizes and crops from the RAW files, with a minimal amount of post-processing, so they could be a done up a lot more for on screen viewing...but time is limiting :(

African Darter

What's a Kruger trip without a Lilac Breasted Roller Picture

An Ox with Peckers (Red billed ox pecker, and Cape Buffalo)

Pearl Spotted Owl

Grey Heron (full breeding plumage)

Grey Headed Bush Shrike (a good shot ruined by a bit vegetation)

Open Billed Stork (returned form their holiday to the Western Cape last year <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> )

Golden Tailed Wood Pecker...(I think <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> ) I love the thin tongue sticking out to fish the wood worms out <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

Blue waxbill... exposing the Minimum Focus Distance of my 400mm lens.

African Black Crake- My all time favorite waterbird. Such a sense of commical style with the Red feet and yellow bill! And I love the way they respond to playback!


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Mossie

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6 years 1 month ago #57682 by John Young
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Great pics Mossie - thx for sharing.

Your woodie looks more like a male cardinal to me - but best to see what others may have to say.

Cheers,
Dave

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6 years 1 month ago #57709 by gordon
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Fantastic images Mossie, well done!! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: --> <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: -->

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6 years 1 month ago #57794 by arty
arty replied the topic: Re: A few more from Kruger (Part II)
nice pics from a successful trip,however must agree with Dave,male cardinal,red nape on this species all the way down the nape ,in GTWP the red stops halfway down.

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6 years 1 month ago #57830 by Gerrie Horn
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Fantastic! The darter and PSOwlet are brilliant <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o -->

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6 years 1 month ago #57832 by Margaret
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Great pics Mossie. I will have to explore the specific route next time I am in Southern Kruger. You will have to visit KZN to meet with the Lapwing you are looking for.

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6 years 1 month ago #57853 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: A few more from Kruger (Part II)
I initially had the woody as Cardinal, but I was hearing golden tailed all the time whilst taking the picture, and eventully lost my nerve to call it cardinal when I compared the brown on the forecrown to another I saw later in the day, which was a very obvious brown.

You live and learn.

Thanks for the commments,

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Mossie

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