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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LITTLE STINT, STRANDFONTEIN SEWER WORKS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

   Yea!  This is the 500th species of our Photographic Life List.  Sharon and I started birding two years ago; we have species on the list from the U.S., Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world, so our 500 species is 5% of the known species.  We think that's pretty good for two years.
   We only add a species to our Life List if we have a photograph that can really help us identify the bird.  To help us ID a bird, we do use visual characteristics which the photo doesn't normally show, such as size, location, habitat, movement habits, etc.  If in the field someone helps us ID a bird, we always confirm that identification using the photo.  Sometimes the ID in the field turns out to be incorrect. 
   We can ID this shorebird as a nonbreeding Little  Stint by its small size, slender black bill, black legs, grey-brown streaks on sides of breast and grey-brown upperparts with black patches on feather shafts.
   The Little Stint is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 500.