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02-08-2017, 12:21 PM   #5221
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confirmed as a blacksmith lapwing Vanellus armatus (aka plover in South Africa) thanks Noel for hint, which is a ground nesting bird from Tanzania.

https://www.sanbi.org/creature/blacksmith-lapwing

it chose to nest in the middle of the turn about near a hippo pool in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. the rangers, in order to protect it, put the rocks in place.

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this lion had just finished breeding with a lioness. I cropped the image because I wanted to concentrate on the lion and the vehicle. the vehicle and people give scale for the size of the lion. the vehicle is very similar to the one we were in but our pop up top covered the entire passenger compartment.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
GONE! OK, reverse sequence and put everything back where it was. Well, I can use the exercise.
LOL. I think we've all been there
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
don't have an id on this bird which is a ground nesting bird from Tanzania.

it chose to nest in the middle of the turn about near a hippo pool in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. the rangers, in order to protect it, put the rocks in place.
Probably a lapwing, very similar to ones we have here.


Amur Falcon, migratory small raptor that makes its way to Siberia (if I remember correctly)
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Probably a lapwing, very similar to ones we have here.
Black crowned Lapwing with grub by Noel Bowers, on Flick/

confirmed as Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus (aka plover in South Africa)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
don't have an id on this bird which is a ground nesting bird from Tanzania.

it chose to nest in the middle of the turn about near a hippo pool in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. the rangers, in order to protect it, put the rocks in place.
As noelcm says, it's one of the lapwings (Vanellus): Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus).

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Amur Falcon, migratory small raptor that makes its way to Siberia (if I remember correctly)
The Amur Region (around the Amur River) borders southeastern Siberia. The Russian emperor bought part of it from the Chinese emperor back in the days of monarchies (also called "Russian Manchuria"). It's the home of the "Siberian" tiger (should really be called the Amur tiger).
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Nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers have discovered the suet feeder.
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okay, this one I can figure out on my own

Common Ostrich Struthio camelus found in the Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania (that is Lake Manyara in the back ground)

"The largest and heaviest of all living birds, the ostrich is instantly recognisable, with its long, bare neck, large body and long, sturdy legs. Despite its relatively small head, it is also notable for having the largest eyes of any land animal, measuring an impressive five centimetres in diameter, and protected by long black lashes. The adult male ostrich has black plumage, with a white tail and primary feathers, and a bright pinkish or blue neck in the breeding season. The female is smaller and is grey-brown in colour, while immature birds resemble the female, but are slightly darker"

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it is a little bit bigger than the birds WPRESTO posted

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Meal time for this kinglet.
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A frolicking Zebra, they do like the dust baths
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Local grey squirrels haven't figured out how to get past the guard to the bird feeders above, but one little red squirrel has done it. Think I know how, but I must catch him doing it before I make an adjustment.
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Local grey squirrels haven't figured out how to get past the guard to the bird feeders above, but one little red squirrel has done it. Think I know how, but I must catch him doing it before I make an adjustment.
are you claiming those with red hair are smarter than those without red hair????

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what did you just do?? I can't believe that you did that

Guinea Baboon Papio papio

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"The smallest species of baboon, the Guinea baboon can be found in west Africa. These near threatened old-world monkeys live in large groups which aid in defense against predators like leopards." - https://www.kansascityzoo.org/ouranimals/list-of-animals/guinea-baboon/

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are you claiming those with red hair are smarter than those without red hair????
Well, because wife & daughter are both strawberry-blonde (they have sometimes been mistaken for sisters!!), and M is hands down smarter than me. However, with the squirrels I think the difference is size, which matters when you need to jump straight up. Easier to break the law of gravity if you're significantly smaller & lighter. I'm definitely one of those who is vertically challenged - no "great air" for me, the only dunks I can manage are into the wastepaper basket (better % with dunks than with three-pointers).
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Brown Snake Eagle, a specialist reptile feeder
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Hairy Woodpecker FA* 400mm f/5.6 K-1

This was shot full frame and uncropped (I was leaning out my window a couple of metres from the feeder). Shot with the FA* 400mm f/5.6 mounted on the K-1. The photo was shot hand-held at 1/500 s, f/5.6, ISO 800, jpeg straight out of the camera. This shot would have benefited from a smaller aperture to get more depth of field. However, it was somewhat windy.

This Newfoundland bird (Picoides villosus terranovae) doesn't have black spots on the white outer tail feathers that some Newfoundland and some Pacific birds have (and which the Downy has).


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Chickadee, always quick to find a bird feeder. I was disappointed there wasn't enough DOF to get better IF on the face (spot AF on the body)
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