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03-03-2018, 10:15 AM - 2 Likes   #6736
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Weka, a large flightless rail. This one was probably starving because of injury (look at the tip of its beak). Our tour group stayed with it until rescue personnel arrived and took it to a rehab center.
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Colors are striking in that image.
Golden-maned Tamarin. The lighting in this enclosure was absolutely dismal.

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Yep, the colors are fantastic, and I've been fortunate in that I've seen it on every visit to Addo Elephant National Park.
A bit more dull, but an ever-so-interesting scavenger/raptor - Pied Crow
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Here's another primarily B&W bird, great black-backed gull. I think it is the largest gull in NA.
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Couple of Crimson Rosella's this morning on a wet and overcast Monday;




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Osprey with a chick that looks almost big enough to start fending for itself. The nest was way, way out there. This is a crop from 400mm on an MFT body, so it's equivalent to over 1,000mm uncropped on FF.
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Don't shout. Even if you can't see it, that is my ear.
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A visit to Rietvlei Nature Reserve again today, my off day. Too many to process, but starting with this one
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Here's another primarily B&W bird, great black-backed gull. I think it is the largest gull in NA.
Great Black-back is the largest gull in the world! However, it's followed closely by Pallas's (Great Black-headed) Gull and Glaucous Gull. Great Black-backed Gull loves garbage, so that's a good reason to make sure sanitary landfills located are nowhere near airports.
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Female gull, probably a great black-backed.
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In the USA this would be called a cormorant, but as it is in New Zealand I think it should be called a shag.
Great and Double-crested Cormorant are both still called shag here in Newfoundland, a legacy of West Country (England) fishermen making up a large component of the original settlers. There are many small islands and rocks named after shags all around Newfoundland. There are also a few islands around Newfoundland named after penguins, i.e., the first species to be called penguin before Europeans stumbled upon the Southern Hemisphere: Grand Pingouin (in French), Pinguinus impennis, now known in English as Great Auk. Razorbill is still Petit Pingouin in French, so the species English-speakers call penguins are called manchot or gorfou in French.

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Female gull, probably a great black-backed.
Herring Gull, sex indeterminate.
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free flying hen and drake Wood Ducks at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center today

in mating plumage

I just love the coloration
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