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Old Friday 27th March 2015, 16:12   #26
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Hi Padraig. We saw Schalow's Turaco really well and photographed it above or chalet at Island View Lodge, Katima, Caprivi, Namibia if that helps anyone connect with this gorgeous bird. http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...p?photo=523210
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Hi Padraig. We saw Schalow's Turaco really well and photographed it above or chalet at Island View Lodge, Katima, Caprivi, Namibia if that helps anyone connect with this gorgeous bird. http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...p?photo=523210
That's an amazing photo of the Schalow's Rick and Elis. Its wonderful to see the white dots on the crest dancing like a tassle in the sunlight. Did you see many of them where you were staying on the Zambezi River? I only got glimpses of one bird.
I'll be listing species below that I saw that are confined to northern Botswana/ Namibia and thereabouts. I wonder did you get to see these and/or others on your trip in 2013?

22.2.15
Last day of the trip. On the way to the airport (5 minutes from town) I got my last lifer, a Dark Chanting Goshawk on a telegraph pole.

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to Kasane and I hope the description here gives some pointers to others contemplating going to this neck of the woods.
I saw 72 new species for Southern Africa and was particularly pleased that
a number of species (16) I saw to this year are fairly localised (not widespread in distribution and can't be found further south in places like Kruger NP):

Swamp Boubou (common)
Collared Palm Thrush (common, also found in parts of Zimbabwe & Mozambique)
Copper Sunbird (also N. Zim)...uncommon localised breeding visitor
Brown Firefinch (common)
Northern Grey Headed Sparrow....highly localised
Long Toed Lapwing ( also parts of Zim and Mozambique)..locally common
Hartlaub's Babbler (common)
Southern Brown Throated Weaver...uncommon localised (also found in coastal northern SA and N Mozambique)
Chirping Cisticola (common localised)
Luapala Cisticola (locally common)
Greater Swamp Warbler (locally common in Okavango area)
Rock Pratincole ...breeding visitor ( locally common)
Schalow's Turaco...locally common
Slaty Egret...(uncommon resident Zambesi River and Okavango)
Rosy Longclaw (also parts of Zim and N. south Africa)..uncommon, patchily distributed
Bradfied's Hornbill (common resident)
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Just read through your TR Padraig. You certainly saw some great birds and a good number of lifers; glad you managed to see several that you had particularly earmarked. Enjoyed looking at the photos.The White-backed Night Heron is the one I want to see . . . .
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Just read through your TR Padraig. You certainly saw some great birds and a good number of lifers; glad you managed to see several that you had particularly earmarked. Enjoyed looking at the photos.The White-backed Night Heron is the one I want to see . . . .
Thanks for that Sal.
I see from the Southern Africa thread that you recently got Cape Parrot as a lifer and that you are closing in on 500 species.
I bet you're wondering what the next few species will be. Here's hoping that you get White Backed Night Heron in Kruger this year.
Look out for Dwarf Bittern in Letaba. I think that's another bird you need.

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Thanks Padraig. I will certainly look out for the Dwarf Bittern around Letaba - although I have it (Botswana) - I"ve only seen it once. Yup - holding thumbs for the WBNH . . . . Hope you will be planning another trip to the south soon!
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