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Terrestrial Brownbul Phyllastrephus terrestris

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 5, 2013 07:39 AM EDT

Description

I saw one of these rather dull-colored birds feeding in the leaf litter during our final morning at Shamvura. The previous morning we had seen these on our bird walk/drive, and this species had been my landmark 1,000th bird species!

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Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 5, 2013 07:41 AM EDT

Description

At Shamvura and Bwabwata National Park, the two northerly areas on the trip, we switched from seeing African Red-eyed Bulbuls to Dark-cappeds. The dark-capped bulbul was abundant around the Shamvura area.

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Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 11:18 PM EDT

Description

Along the Kavango River, Namibia.

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Cape Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 4, 2013 12:30 AM EDT

Description

Mtoti, the adorable young otter taken in by the Paxtons after she was found abandoned. She was cared for by the Paxtons until September 18th, when, sadly, she succumbed to an infection. She was very cute while we were there, we saw her first steps our final morning at Shamvura.

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Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 10:28 PM EDT

Description

Probably the highlight of the stay at Shamvura, and certainly one of the top prettiest birds of the trip. These gorgeous little kingfishers were common along the Kavango River on our late-afternoon boat trip the second day at Shamvura.
Here one can see the stunning red bill and scaly-turquoise top of the head, though the back is invisible. The bright blue color seen on the nape continues down and covers the back and wings.

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Magpie Shrike Corvinella melanoleuca

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 10:50 PM EDT

Description

A pretty poor photograph, but a very cool bird! The Magpie Shrike was more common on the trip after Shamvura, but we saw one on the afternoon boat trip our second day there. Unfortunately the boat was moving and the camera focused on the branch in front of the bird.

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Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 09:38 PM EDT

Description

At Shamvura Lodge, right out side of our tents. Note the metal band on its left leg, and the red band on the right. Certainly a bird that was banded by Mark.

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Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 10:00 PM EDT

Description

Another photo of a Fork-tailed Drongo at Shamvura that let me get pretty close to it.
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Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 06:10 PM EDT

Description

When we got back from our birding trip, there was a flock of five or six of these that came right through camp, searching for food in the sand. They were very fun to see.

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African Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 08:44 PM EDT

Description

A pair of these brilliant bird flew into the mist nets on our second day at Shamvura. They were another very common species around Shamvura, but it was still cool to get them in the net and see them up close.

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Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 09:01 PM EDT

Description

The star of the birds we caught at Shamvura was this female Cardinal Woodpecker, only the second one Mark has even gotten in his nets there.
Front view of the bird.

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What

Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 09:01 PM EDT

Description

The star of the birds we caught at Shamvura was this female Cardinal Woodpecker, only the second one Mark has even gotten in his nets there.
This photo shows the neat barred back pattern and a hint of the bright yellow rump patch that these birds have.

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Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 3, 2013 03:32 PM EDT

Description

On our second day at Shamvura Lodge, we spent much of the morning going on a birding drive around the general area around Shamvura. We stopped at one place hoping to see a cool looking blue starling, but they weren't there. I did manage to get photos of some wattled starlings that were hanging around, though.In the south african summer, these birds would have striking black and yellow face patterns, but in the winter they don't. Unfortunately the only photo I got on the bird drive that's worth posting.

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What

Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 2, 2013 06:55 PM EDT

Description

We saw a few of these Water Thick-knee or dikkop on our boat trip on the Kavango. They have unusually large eyes because they are mostly nocturnal, though these were out feeding on the edge of the water during the daytime.

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Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 2, 2013 07:04 PM EDT

Description

These were very common along the Kavango River, and they were a bird I was looking forward to seeing. They usually were pretty afraid of us on the boat, but this one I managed to capture pretty well.
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Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 2, 2013 07:04 PM EDT

Description

Seen on the boat trip along the Kavango River. These were right on the waters edge when we spotted them, but unfortunately moved a bit farther in as we approached. Also, the camera automatically focused on some little twig in front of them, so they're slightly off. But still, a very fun find and deserved posting.

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Yellow-bellied Greenbul Chlorocichla flaviventris

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

July 2, 2013 11:39 PM EDT

Description

One of the most common birds right around Shamvura Camp, we caught a couple of these in the nets the first day. Here one is about to be released.

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giant African mantis Sphodromantis viridis

Observer

olie

Date

April 17, 2012

Description

This mantis' eggo was quite preggo.

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grasshopper Order Orthoptera

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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Acrida bicolor Genus Acrida

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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grasshopper Order Orthoptera

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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shield bug? Order Hemiptera

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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What

Hoplocorypha Family Thespidae

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

Description

So I guess this is some species of Hoplocorypha, although there is not an ID tag for them yet currently available.

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Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

Description

I'm not even sure this is a Hemiptera, I just took a guess. Possibly Chalcocoris? Some help IDing would be nice!

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Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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Acrida turrita Genus Acrida

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

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dead leaf camouflage grasshopper Order Orthoptera

Observer

olie

Date

April 11, 2012

Description

This hopper looks just like dried up dead leaves. If I knew the family I might be able to find the genus/sp.

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widow spider? Order Araneae

Observer

olie

Date

April 2, 2012

Description

This looks like it could maybe be a widow spider, but I'm not really sure.

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JabalĂ­es y cerdos Sus scrofa

Observer

olie

Date

January 19, 2012

Description

Piggies!

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Geckos Genus Pachydactylus

Observer

olie

Date

May 17, 2011

Description

Not sure what species this is, but I have a couple living in my house. They are pretty cute.

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