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Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Yesterday, 12:28
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 8: Kirstenbosch Gardens

There were numbers of folks with comically large telephoto lenses hanging around on the lawn, pointing into the marshy areas near the restaurant, but my favorite bird findings were sudden close-ups...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 08:46
Replies: 0
Views: 72
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List - part IV: Madagascar

I was in Madagascar for two weeks. Due to limited Internet, I've still not uploaded all my photos from South Africa, so there will be more updates to the previous thread...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd January 2020, 14:31
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By nartreb
A little paleness on the face or chin isn't too...

A little paleness on the face or chin isn't too unusual in females - it's not really white, just a bit lighter than the rest of the face, and photographed in strong light. Look at DFW's second...
Forum: South Africa Monday 30th December 2019, 21:33
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By nartreb
PS you can see flamingo and other water birds in...

PS you can see flamingo and other water birds in the Swart river, though it's not a terribly appealing location, with traffic noise and litter.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 30th December 2019, 21:02
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By nartreb
You're in luck - peregrines hunt almost anywhere...

You're in luck - peregrines hunt almost anywhere there are birds to catch, which is most everywhere. They love to eat pigeons, and they like to nest on tall buildings as well as on cliffs.

So you...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 30th December 2019, 15:09
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
Thanks again. Larry. Silly me, I don't know how...

Thanks again. Larry. Silly me, I don't know how I failed to notice that Grey Heron occurs here. Found an <i>Ardea</i> and stopped, I guess. And the weaver I should have known too, after all the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 29th December 2019, 20:08
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 7: Cape of Good Hope

It's the, uh, southwesterly-most point in Africa. (Seriously, even the hill just across False Bay is further south.) Scenic but, during summer vacation, crowded.


One new bird, an unidentified...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 29th December 2019, 18:15
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By nartreb
Description is a little too vague to be confident...

Description is a little too vague to be confident in. "Dark" like black? Brown? How big was the wing patch? Where on the wing? "very distinct white around the bill" on the bill itself, like a...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 29th December 2019, 16:34
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 6: Aquila Game Reserve

A low-effort way to see a bunch of those "charismatic megafauna", where the animals can be found at predictable feeding stations at predictable times. A bit sad, really, but if you're a photographer...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th December 2019, 21:06
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By nartreb
Agree with American Redstart.

Agree with American Redstart.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 28th December 2019, 19:56
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 5: Scarborough Beach

Scarborough is a hippie / beach bum / millionaire's "conservation village" surrounded by Table Mountain Park land, with its own little beach, and the kind of save-the-whales ethos you'd expect in the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 27th December 2019, 19:34
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 4: Cederberg, day two

Almost no new bird photos, just one awkward angle on a LBJ (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=1288) who was hanging around the campground, and (later, on the road back to Cape Town) a hasty...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 27th December 2019, 19:18
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 3: Cederberg, day one

A short camping trip to the edge of the fynbos and the start of the karoo.

Our farewell committee on the Cape was a troop of ostrich (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=1257).

On the trail...
Forum: South Africa Friday 27th December 2019, 17:56
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By nartreb
Some mammals: rock hyrax is plentiful (and...

Some mammals:

rock hyrax is plentiful (and not at all shy) at Boulders Beach, especially if you use the south entrance and wander away from the crowds.

Seals are abundant in and around Hout Bay...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 27th December 2019, 15:00
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
Thanks. I recall now I worked out that ID the...

Thanks. I recall now I worked out that ID the same day I saw the bird, but i don't have a good system for keeping notes, so I end up starting all over when it comes time to post the photos :(
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 26th December 2019, 20:37
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 2: more of the Cape Peninsula

South Africa was supposed to be a restful phase, with lots of days just sitting on the beach. Somehow I still haven't had time to keep up with sorting my photos, never mind confirming bird IDs and...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 26th December 2019, 10:55
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
Actually it's a Cape Bulbul. I think the plover...

Actually it's a Cape Bulbul.

I think the plover is a lesser sand-plover.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th December 2019, 20:51
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By nartreb
Just a guess, but I'm thinking hybrid. No eye...

Just a guess, but I'm thinking hybrid. No eye ring, no obvious spots on tail, and pure Hawaiian ducks are supposed to be vanishingly rare except on kauai and parts of the Big Island.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 17th December 2019, 08:12
Replies: 34
Views: 1,012
Posted By nartreb
Here's my only other photo - not much different.

Here's my only other photo - not much different.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 16th December 2019, 19:14
Replies: 34
Views: 1,012
Posted By nartreb
The black bird seen from below is absolutely not...

The black bird seen from below is absolutely not a ruby crowned tanager. It was tiny, maybe smaller than a euphonia. I do have one more photo, will look for it tomorrow.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th December 2019, 13:27
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By nartreb
There's a lot in the description that doesn't...

There's a lot in the description that doesn't sound very wren-like to me. Not a clear match to anything I know well, so I'm thinking it's a West coast bird... wrentit sounds like an excellent...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 11th December 2019, 14:14
Replies: 34
Views: 1,012
Posted By nartreb
the journey continues in part III: South...

the journey continues in part III: South Africa
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3933271#post3933271
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 11th December 2019, 14:02
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List - part III: South Africa

(Part II can be found here: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=383573 )

We didn't stop in Luanda long enough to see any birds -- on to Cape Town!

The flora here are quite exotic, even the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 9th December 2019, 13:36
Replies: 34
Views: 1,012
Posted By nartreb
part II: "argentina" coda: back to Brasil

You can't fly from Patagonia to Africa without landing in Sao Paulo, so that's what we did.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in the Western hemisphere and also the largest city in the Southern...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 7th December 2019, 16:14
Replies: 34
Views: 1,012
Posted By nartreb
Oh, I forgot to mention a small flycatcher with a...

Oh, I forgot to mention a small flycatcher with a white crest, seen right at the foot of the glacier (which touches the opposite hill, periodically damming the lake until a tunnel...
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