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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Barbets

Another great family

Crested Barbet - Kruger, South Africa
Taiwan Barbet - Taiwan
Red-headed Barbet - Monteverde, Costa Rica
Toucan Barbet - Mindo, Ecuador
Red and Yellow Barbet - Nagelle, Ethiopia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Doves and Pigeons

Didn't really think these would feature but there are some cracking birds when you look at the family.

We have chosen

Cloven-feather Dove - Riviere Bleue, New Caledonia
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove - Darwin, Australia
Sombre Pigeon - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi
Great Cuckoo Dove - Weda, Halmahera
Spinnifex Pigeon, near Uluru, Australia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Auks

My nieces and nephews favourite bird is the puffin and I knew a few adults who also have this as a favourite.


Black Guillemot - Svalsbard, Norway
Spectacled Guillemot - Hokkaido Japan
Little Auk - Svalsvard, Norway
Puffin - Farne Isles, UK
Razorbill - Bempton, UK
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Cranes

Cranes are among the most elegant birds on the planet. We were luck to see the Siberian Crane at Bharatphur around 20 years ago but haven't dug out the photo yet.

So most of this batch come from Japan

We have
Japanese (Red-crowned) Crane - dancing in the snow on Hokkaido;
White-naped Crane - Kyushu
Hooded Crane - Kyushu
Sandhill Crane - USA
Black Crowned Crane - Awash,Ethiopia
 

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James Lowther

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I always dreamed of seeing Albatross, trips to New Zealand and Antarctica gave us the first of these spectacular birds.



Laysan Albatross - Oahu, Hawaii
Gibson's Wandering Albatross - Kaikoura, New Zealand
Buller's Albatross - Kaikoura New Zealand
Black-browed Albatross - South Georgia
White-capped - Cook Straight, New Zealand

Hello,
Lovely pix of incredible birds!
I think you have two Salvin’s albatross amongst these 5, no white-capped (strict sense) or Buller’s
But let’s be honest they are all fantastic birds!
James
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Thanks

Hello,
Lovely pix of incredible birds!
I think you have two Salvin’s albatross amongst these 5, no white-capped (strict sense) or Buller’s
But let’s be honest they are all fantastic birds!
James

Thanks James.

Looking back at photos from almost 10 years ago with few labels and trying to ID and link back to my notes means I've probably got a couple wrong on these and I suspect a couple of others.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Finches

I know that strictly speaking not all same family but I've picked photos of birds named finch.

My favourite is Gouldian Finch - near Katherine, Australia;
Large-footed Finch - Savegre, Costa Rica
Crimson Finch - Darwin, Australia
Bullfinch (grey -bellied) - Hokkaido, Japan
Cut-throat Finch - Awash, Ethiopia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Coursers

My first courser was Temmick's, which I spotted in Gambia when out with Solomon Jallow, who said I had beautiful eyes, Sarah still laughs at the memory.

Temmick's Courser - near Banjul, Gambia
Somali Courser - Yabello, Ethiopia
Heughlin's Courser - Serengeti, Tanzania
Double-banded Courser - Serengeti, Tanzania
Cream-coloured Courser - Lanzarote, Canary Islands
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Toucans

Toucans, Toucanets and Aracari are usually bright colourful and noisy but getting close to photograph them isn't always easy.

Not necessarily the most beautiful but our current favourites are

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan - near Mindo Ecuador;
Green Aracari - Guianan endemic at Iwokrama
Collared Aracari - Arenal, Costa Rica
Yellow-throated Toucan - Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Toco Toucan - Iguasu, Brazil
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Broadbills

Sarah asked for Broadbill but African Green Broadbill from Bwindi, Uganda I only got a very poor record shot which I can't locate and Rufous-sided from Kakum, Ghana I also can't find. Didn't photograph Dusky or Long-tailed

So top four photos only this time

Yellow and Black
Black and Red
Whitehead's
and Green

all from Borneo / Malaysia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Parrot family

Macaws, Parrots, Parakeets etc included.


First up is Hyacinth Macaw - seen in Pantanal, Brazil
Australian King Parrot, Lamington NP, Australia
Fischer's Lovebirds - Serengetti, Tanzania
Kea - Southern Alps, New Zealand
Kaka - North of Wellington, NZ
 

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etudiant

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Just wow!
Very wonderful photos, plus I suspect each one carries memories.
You might assemble your trip notes and photos into a book or an on line biography. In these days that may be the closest we can get to actually seeing the parts of the world which you've so spectacularly recorded.
 

Britseye

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Indeed a truly remarkable collection, David. Certainly brought back a few memories for me of some of the astonishing things in existence on this Planet. I wouldn't have mentioned it but for the sake of the fact it was my Bird of the Year in 2012 when I spent three months as a guide in a Bornean rainforest, but its Black-and-Yellow Broadbill in plate 50, not t'other way round! :t: Like little cuddly toys , they are.
 

ammadoux

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here is what i got for the family of bulbuls, the most beautiful songsters.

1- white spectacled bulbul, Pycnonotus xanthopygos, form my garden.
2- white-eared bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis, also form my garden, but introduced in Jeddah west of Arabia.
3- red vented bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer, also introduced in Jeddah.
4- red whiskered bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus, from Mauritius.
5- Yellow vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, from Bali, Indonesia.
6- sooty-headed bulbul, Pycnonotus aurigaster, Central Java, Indonesia.
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Thanks

Indeed a truly remarkable collection, David. Certainly brought back a few memories for me of some of the astonishing things in existence on this Planet. I wouldn't have mentioned it but for the sake of the fact it was my Bird of the Year in 2012 when I spent three months as a guide in a Bornean rainforest, but its Black-and-Yellow Broadbill in plate 50, not t'other way round! :t: Like little cuddly toys , they are.

Thanks. Yes, I had that right on bird list but not in my notes
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Thanks

Just wow!
Very wonderful photos, plus I suspect each one carries memories.
You might assemble your trip notes and photos into a book or an on line biography. In these days that may be the closest we can get to actually seeing the parts of the world which you've so spectacularly recorded.

Thanks

I have started to put trip reports and bird photos on a website but I'm not making it searchable yet until it is a bit better.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Starlings

Bali Starling (aka Myna) - Bali Barat, Indonesia
Golden-breasted Starling - Negele, Ethiopia
Spotless Starling - Agadir, Morocco
Superb Starling - Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Black-coloured Starling - Bangkok, Thailand
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Bustards

Not the most colourful of bird families but I'm always happy to see one

First up is two for the price of one - an Arabian Bustard with a carmine Bee-eater on board - Awash, Ethiopia
Houbara Bustard - Lanzarote, Spain
Kori Bustard - one of the heaviest flying birds, Serengeti Tanzania
White-bellied Bustard - Yabello, Ethiopia
Black-bellied Bustard - Kruger, South Africa
 

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