Namibia 2009

...with Mark Finn

August 29th - September 12th

This was our third Birdwatching Breaks tour to Namibia and the first one since 2001. Once again the country proved to be an exceptional one for birds,with 251 species recorded, and a high density of mammals particularly in Etosha National Park. There were many highlights on the tour with several scarce birds being observed in particular the range-restricted Herero Chat and the beautiful Rockrunner. Large numbers of bustards were also seen within Etosha including above-average counts of Kori and Northern Black (White-quilled) Bustards. Secretary-birds were also seen on several occasions another species which appears to be in decline. Along the Atlantic coast at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we recorded good numbers of waders, cormorants and gulls including uncommon species in Bank Cormorant and Caspian Plover. Nambia is also a great place for larks with Dune, Gray’s, Stark’s and Spike-heeled all being seen. Waterburg was our last stop of the tour where we caught up with Rueppell’s Parrots another Namibian speciality.

My thanks go out to Neil MacLeod at Safariwise for running an excellent tour, without his in depth knowledge of Namibia and where to find the special birds and mammals. I would also like to thank the back-up team who made our camping sector stay a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

August 28th/29th: London, Johannesburg, Windhoek.

Weather: Warm and sunny 27 C.

On Friday afternoon the group met at Heathrow Terminal 3 for the flight down to Johannesburg and the onward connection to Windhoek the capital of Namibia. All the flights went smoothly and arrival at Windhoek was slightly ahead of schedule. After passing through immigration and customs we met up with Neil and transferred to the city of Windhoek some fifty kilometres away. Just outside the airport car park we recorded our first birds including Rock Martin, African Palm Swift, Fork-tailed Drongo and Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills. In a shady area with mature trees, Lilac-breasted Roller, Groundscraper Thrush, Cape Glossy and Burchell’s Starlings. En route to the city several Black-shouldered Kites were noted hunting along the roadside. Checked-in at our accommodation on the outskirts of Windhoek a rather pleasant leafy city surrounded by low hills. The gardens here held Pale-winged Starlings, Grey Go-away-bird, Red-eyed Bulbul, Scarlet-chested and Dusky Sunbirds, Rufous-vented Warbler and Southern Masked Weaver. As dusk fell hundreds of Bradfield’s and Little Swifts appeared overhead making a fitting end to the day. An enjoyable evening meal taken at a nearby restaurant followed by an early night after a long travel day from Europe.

August 30th: Daan Viljoen, Windhoek Water Treatment Works.

Weather: Warm and sunny with light winds 28 C

At 0700 we met up on the decking outside our rooms and birdwatched from here until breakfast time. New trip birds included Pririt Batis, Lesser Masked Weaver, White-throated and Black-throated Canaries, Black-faced and Blue Waxbills. At 0815 we set off travelling through the centre of Windhoek to the nearby Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. On the entrance road Great Rufous Sparrow, Mountain Wheatear, Sabota Lark and African Hoopoe. Parked up at the centre and started to walk down towards the small lake bordered by acacia trees and scrub. By the car park Familiar Chats, Burnt-necked and Yellow-breasted Eremomelas, calling Rattling Cisticola and excellent views of Pearl-spotted Owlet. Waterbirds of interest included Egyptian Geese, Red-billed Duck, African Jacana, Red-knobbed Coot, Common Moorhen, Little Grebe, Black Crake and a single Pearl-breasted Swallow. In the acacia trees we eventually located the scarce and localised Barred Wren Warbler, Violet-eared Waxbill and Ashy Tit. On the adjacent hillside a pair of Long-billed Pipits showed well. On the return walk a dry valley scattered with mature trees attracted Cardinal Woodpecker, Pied Barbet, Marico Flycatcher and Brubru. Near the bridge a single Montiero’s Hornbill a localised southwest African endemic. Near the car park a pair of African Hawk Eagles drifting in circles above the reserve headquarters. Returned to base for lunch with Black-chested Snake Eagle and Short-toed Rock Thrush for company. Back out again at 1530 to visit the water treatment works in Windhoek. On arrival at the works we quickly located Cattle Egrets and literally thousands of African Wattled Starlings hitching a lift on the rotary arms of a filtering bed. Grassy edges attracted Blacksmith Lapwing, African Pipit and confiding Red-billed Francolins. The undoubted highlight here was several shallow lagoons attractive to a variety of water birds. The first pool held the rare and localised African Black Duck plus Comb Duck, Hottentot Teal and South African Shelducks. Around the water edge groups of Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, African Darter, Grey and Black-headed Herons, Black-crowned Night Heron and Great Egret. Other species present included White-throated Swallow and Plain Martin. As we drove around the pools a bonus came in the form of Lesser Swamp Warbler and singing Grey Cisticolas the latter being a Southern African endemic. Namaqua Dove and a moulting Marico Sunbird were added to the list before we headed back to base.

August 31st: Windhoek, Avis Dam, C28 to Swapokmund, Rossmund.

Weather: Warm and sunny although cooler at Swapokmund 16 C/30 C.

Before leaving Windhoek we made a pre-breakfast visit to Avis Dam on the outskirts of the city. The dam is small in size and used extensively for leisure activities. On arrival we quickly located a pair of African Fish Eagles an extremely localised species within Namibia. From a bridge several Three-banded Plovers, Golden-breasted Bunting and non-breeding Shaft-tailed Whydah. The main highlight was a Pearl-spotted Owlet which attracted a wide-variety of birds including dive-bombing Rock Martins. Interesting species by the owl included Greater Striped Swallow, Rattling Cisticola, Black-chested Prinia, Green-winged Pytilia and Marico Sunbirds. By the dam shore very brief views of Damara Rockjumper a highly specialised ground dwelling warbler endemic to south-western Namibia. Back to base for a late breakfast, followed by the journey through the rolling and stark countryside of Namibia to the coast at Swapokmund. The first quarter of the gravel road produced new trip birds in the form of Rufous-crowned Roller, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Southern Penduline Tit and Red-crested Bustard the latter being seen on the road before disappearing into scrub. As we entered the higher ground Mountain Wheatears became common along with roving flocks of Lark-like Buntings and a few Desert Cisticolas. At the highest point marked by a picnic cabin we managed to locate the scarce Herero Chat singing and calling from bush tops. Our journey slowly went westwards with less vegetation and desert like habitats of the Namib Desert. Due to recent rains grass growth was high making birds harder to find on the ground. Raptors were fairly common including Lappet-faced Vulture, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Eurasian Kestrel and a pale form of Booted Eagle. On the fence lines, close views of Chat Flycatcher, Karoo and Tractrac Chats the latter two needing careful identification. By the roadside a flock of Namaqua Sandgrouse, and the first party of Ruppell’s Bustards. Further on a bonus in the form of Ludwig’s Bustards a highly nomadic species of the region and loose flocks of Ostrich. Before reaching our base Cape Crow, Avocet and Kittlitz’s Plovers were noted. Checked in for a three-night stay at Rossmund Lodge near Swapokmund.

September 1st: Swapokmund, Rooibank, Walvis Bay, Rossmund Golf Club.

Weather: Sunny with a cool southwest wind 16 C/25 C.

After breakfast we headed south towards the industrial port of Walvis Bay. En route we stopped to look at Great, Cape and Crowned Cormorants and Hartlaub’s Gulls. On entering Walvis Bay we headed inland to the community of Rooibank where we explored the extensive sand dune system and associated habitats on foot. Birdlife was thin on the ground here with Cape Sparrows and Southern Masked Weavers being the ‘common’ species. After a lot of searching we eventually found the endemic Dune Lark feeding and walking slowly amongst the sand dunes. An early lunch in Walvis Bay followed by an exploration of the extensive lagoon, salt pan and tidal habitats of the area. Thousands of waders were present including Curlew and Marsh Sandpipers, Ruff, Little Stint, Greenshank, Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, White-fronted and Chestnut-banded Plovers. Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone. Deeper water held several Black-necked Grebes and resting Greater and Lesser Flamingos. On the return to Walvis Bay a sandy spit attracted Caspian, Crested, Sandwich, Common and Damara Terns, Grey-hooded and Hartlaub’s Gulls. On an adjacent grassy area we were fortunate to locate a first winter Caspian Plover an uncommon but regular visitor to Namibia. Back to base for a short walk around the golf course. Few birds around due to the cool conditions apart from a singing and displaying Layards Warbler.

September 2nd: Swakopmund.

Weather: Early fog giving way to sunny periods 17 C/25 C

Our last day in the Swakopmund area started with a walk around the golf course searching for birds. Near the club house we found a party of Common Waxbills. On the course perimeter we eventually found a beautiful Bokmakeire singing from an exposed perch, great views of this skulking bush shrike. Near the green-keepers hut a pair of Orange River White-eyes looking for nectar in fruiting shrubs. At 10am we set off into town to make a short visit to the water treatment works. Not too many birds around although good numbers of the commoner species. Next on the agenda was the river mouth adjacent to the sea. The freshwater sector here held Cape Teal, Cape Shoveler, Little Grebe, Maccoa Duck, Blacksmith Lapwing and White-fronted Plovers. A disused pier held the rare and declining Bank Cormorant and the more numerous Cape, Crowned and Great Cormorants. Lunch taken in the town centre then an afternoon visit to the salt works and coast north of Swakopmund. A slow drive around this arid area produced Grey’s Lark an extremely washed and pale lark which blends well in this habitat. On the pans Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Cape Teal, Avocet, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Greenshank and Whimbrel. The walls of the pans attracted Crested, Common and Sandwich Terns. We drove down towards the beach where Grey Plover and the uncommon African Black Oystercatcher were added to the tour list. Offshore distant views of White-chinned Petrels and Sooty Shearwaters. On the last set of lagoons hundreds of recently arrived Black-necked Grebes in a variety of plumages. Returned to base via a supermarket to pick up supplies for the next three days.

September 3rd: Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Omaruru.

Weather: Sunny and hot with light winds 34 C

Checked out of Rossmund Lodge and revisited the saltpans north of town. Similar birds to yesterday with the addition of Common Redshank and Ringed Plover the former being a rare visitor to Namibia. We then headed inland to the isolated inselberg of Spitzkoppe an impressive area of rocks amidst a rather flat and featureless landscape. En route we stopped for parties of Grey’s Larks and Grey-backed Sparrow Larks. Along the telegraph wires Chat Flycatchers, Tractrac Chats, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Eurasian Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kites and a pale morph Booted Eagle. Near the turn to Sptizkoppe we encountered a flock of Stark’s Larks and a pair of Double-banded Coursers right next to the road. At the park entrance a dripping tap attracted Lark-like Bunting, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Rosy-faced Lovebirds, Pririt Batis and Pied Barbets. The camp area at Spitzkoppe added a few birds including Red-headed Finch, Cape Bunting, Ashy Tit and Chestnut Weaver. Returned towards the main highway stopping Spike-heeled Larks, Scaly Weaver and Yellow Canary. The journey to Omaruru was largely uneventful apart from Bokmakerie, Tawny Eagle and displaying Red-crested Bustards. Checked in at our camp site for two nights. Later in the evening after dinner we observed at least three African Scops Owls calling in the acacia trees.

September 4th: Omaruru.

Weather: Cool first thing, very hot later in the day 34 C

Breakfast at 7am with several birds in and around the camp ground. Red-billed Buffalo Weavers were collecting nesting material. Afterwards we explored a country road running through dry bush country scattered with scrub and trees. The first sector added Crowned Lapwings, Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Namaqua Dove and two Black-crowned Tchagras the latter being uncommon within Namibia. Further along the road a singing White-browed Scrub Robin, Southern White-crowned Shrikes and excellent views of a Damara Rockjumper. This was quickly followed by Brown-crowned Tchagra singing in the open from a low bush. Overhead distant views of four African White-backed Vultures. Turned around to go back towards town with Carp’s Tit, Marico and Dusky Sunbirds, Violet-eared and Black-faced Waxbills in a mixed feeding flock. On checking the high cliffs an adult Verreaux’s Eagle with a well grown chick. Near the outskirts of town a Red-crested Bustard was found standing in the shade of a tree. Before reaching camp for lunch we checked the small settlement lagoons adding a pair of Greater Painted Snipe, Two-banded Plover, Common and Wood Sandpipers, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Wattled Starling and Grey-backed Camaroptera. Back out at 1500 hours again to explore another area around Omaruru. Birding was slow due to the heat of the day. Our first stop was at an area of mature trees where up to four Pearl-spotted Owlets came into view. Also present were Swainson’s and Red-billed Francolins, Grey Cisticola, Southern Penduline Tits, Black-eared Waxbills, Southern White-crowned Shrike and the commoner birds of acacia habitats. Down the road we caught up with Burchell’s and Cape Glossy Starlings. Back to base with a calling African Wood Owl and African Scops Owls for company.

September 5th: Omaruru, Outjo, Okaukuejo (Etosha).

Weather: Hot and sunny 35 C

An early start today as we headed back towards the area of yesterday morning. Our main target bird was the highly localised Hartlaub’s Francolin which prefers areas of rocky slopes. Luck was with us as a female was located sitting quietly on a rocky hillside. On our return to camp a single Ruppell’s Parrot was briefly seen flying alongside the van before disappearing out of sight. Back in Omaruru a flock of Red-faced Mousebirds was seen feeding by a petrol station. After breakfast we headed north towards the town of Outjo via a gravel road passing through extensive areas of farm land. Large trees attracted Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Brown Snake Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Lilac-breasted and Rufous-crowned Rollers. On adjacent grass verges we found several Fawn-coloured Larks, Southern Anteater Chats and Kalahari Scrub Robins. Another stop added a pair of Burchell’s Sandgrouse and numerous Crowned Lapwings. On entering Outjo we stopped to obtain supplies for the next few days. Lunch taken at a lodge on the outskirts of Outjo. Afterwards a visit to the water treatment works where we located Three-banded Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Squacco Heron, Eastern Paradise and Shaft-tailed Whydahs and Red-headed Finches. Filled up with fuel in Outjo and made the journey to Anderson Gate the entry point into Etosha National Park. The first waterhole provided us with views of Kori Bustards. Checked in at the first camp and proceeded to visit the floodlit waterhole an excellent place for birds and mammals. Interesting species here included Tawny Eagle, Namaqua and Double-banded Sandgrouse, Spotted Thick-knee, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and a distant Martial Eagle. A great end to the day in a world famous wildlife reserve.

September 6th: Etosha National Park including Aus, Oilfantsbad, Gemsbockvlakte.

Weather: Hot and sunny 34 C

An earlier start this morning (despite Namibia going forward one hour to summer time). We took the main track east. In a stand of acacia trees, Long-billed Crombec, and nearby Kori, Red-crested and Northern Black Bustards. Further along the track Sabota, Red-capped and Spike-heeled Larks, Grey-backed Sparrow Larks, Scaly Weaver, Chat Flycatcher and the localised Rufous-eared Warbler. We turned onto the loop trail towards Olifantsbad where hundreds of Helmeted Guineafowl, Namaqua Sandgrouse was drinking from a pool. Also present along the route were hundreds of Red-billed Quelea, Eastern Paradise Whydah and Red-headed Finches which in turn attracted hunting Gabar Goshawks. On the way back we encountered our first flocks of Chestnut-backed Sparrow Larks feeding on a dry area of grazed grasses. At 1600 hours we set off in a northwards direction searching for birds and mammals. In a short time we had found the nomadic Pink-billed Lark feeding with Spike-heeled and Sabota Larks. By the road Double-banded Coursers, Northern Black-bellied and Kori Bustards were particularly common and easy to see. Another stop produced a pair of Great Kestrels catching prey on the ground. Shortly afterwards we found two Secretarybirds wandering across the semi-desert searching for prey. In one of the few large trees a single African White-backed Vulture. En route to another waterhole a pair of Spotted Thick-knees, Southern Ant-eater Chats and dozens of Ostrich adjacent to the pan.

September 7th: Etosha National Park including Salvadora, Rietfontain, Halali, Goas.

Weather: Hot and sunny 35 C

A pre-breakfast drive in to observe mammals which included two male and one female Lion. Back at base a Barn Owl was observed going to roost in a building. A short drive around the camp produced a Shikra and the commoner birds. One last look at the waterhole was productive for Greater Striped Swallow and a bonus in a party of South African Swallows. Halali is seventy five kilometres away to the east our next base for two nights. En route we stopped at Salvadora and Rietfontain two smaller waterholes attracting mammals and birds. The latter held Egyptian Geese and Cape Teal, whilst the former had Cattle Egrets. A female Bateleur was observed overhead and the main Etosha Pan had Ostrich, Chestnut-banded Plovers and plenty of plains mammals. The drier areas surrounded by grass attracted larks including Sabota, Spike-heeled and Red-capped. Another pair of Secretarybirds was noted as we turned into Halali Camp. The grounds here are excellent for birds as we quickly found African Scops and Southern White-faced Owls, Red-billed and Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills and Red-billed Buffalo Weavers. Out at 1630 for another drive in search of birds and mammals. Birds were concentrated around the main waterhole. Migrants included Little Egret and Wood Sandpipers recently arrived from Europe. Other species present included Tawny Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Kori’s Bustards, Groundscraper Thrushes and Little Grebes with well grown young.

September 8th: Halali, Goas, Eland Loop, Rietfontain.

Weather: Hot and sunny 35 C

Drinks at 0630 before setting off for another visit to Goas. In the camp grounds a calling Barn Owl, Southern White-crowned Shrike and Rufous-crowned Roller. En route to Goas we encountered the first of three flocks of White Helmetshrikes a visually stunning species. At Goas similar birds to yesterday afternoon with the addition of an Intermediate Egret and an increase in Little Egrets. Luck was with us again as a party of Red-billed Woodhoopoes called in the distance and landed in a tree next to us. Other birds around the waterhole included Golden-breasted Buntings and South African Swallows hawking for insects. We then joined the Eland Loop passing through extensive areas of trees. One feeding flock attracted Long-billed Crombec, Red-billed Quelea, Black-throated Canary, and dozens of Fork-tailed Drongos. Near the end of the loop Red-billed, African Grey and Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills plus a single African White-backed Vulture circling in the distance. Back to base for brunch followed by a walk up towards the waterhole. Near the viewing sector Cinnamon-breasted Buntings. By the water birds came down to drink including Emerald Spotted Wood-dove, Black-throated Canary and Red-headed Finches. Back out again at 1600 hours with a visit to another section of Etosha. A return visit to Rietfontain produced an immature African Harrier Hawk drinking from the waterhole edge. The commoner birds of Etosha were also present in the area including close views of two Secretarybirds. Back to base for our last night in the park as we head east in the morning to a different habitat and location.

September 9th: Halali, Namutoni, Otjikoto Lake, Uris Lodge

Weather: Hot and sunny 34c

After saying goodbye to our camping staff at Halali we set off towards the eastern gate of Etosha at Namutoni. The two Secretarybirds from yesterday afternoon were seen on top of a flat tree. Further along the route another stop added Rufous-naped Lark, Desert Cisticolas and several Pale Chanting Goshawks and Greater Kestrels. Near Nemutoni a Red-necked Falcon was located just off the road allowing us excellent and prolonged views of this beautiful raptor. Etosha Pan had plenty of water attracting good numbers of Avocet, Black-necked Stilt and Chestnut-banded Plovers. A short diversion to another waterhole was productive for Blacksmith Lapwings, Wood Sandpipers, Golden-breasted and Cinnamon-breasted Buntings. As we approached Nemutoni we diverted towards Fisher’s Pan (dry at this time of the year). Overhead a pair of Lappet-faced Vultures and up to fifteen African White-backed Vultures. We left Etosha with fond memories of the birds and mammals, one of the best natural parks in the world. Next on the agenda was a short stop at Otjikoto Lake near the mining town of Tsumeb. Emerald Spotted Wood Dove in the gardens whilst the lake itself and adjacent trees held Lesser Striped Swallow, Shikra and Black-headed Heron. Turned into the entrance track to Uris Lodge a rather upmarket establishment for the night. At 1600 a walk around the extensive gardens. The best areas of the garden were recently watered sections and the larger trees. Mixed feeding flocks included Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black-backed Puffback, Long-billed Crombec, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Pied Barbet Ashy Tit and Marico and Dusky Sunbirds. After a little searching a flock of Bare-cheeked Babblers were found a rather scarce and localised bird of Namibia. As we returned to the reception area a migrant European Bee-eater flew over a sign that spring is on its way in Namibia.

September 10th: Uris Lodge, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo, Waterburg

Weather: Hot and sunny 34 C

Before breakfast we made a short walk around the gardens of Uris Lodge. Similar birds to yesterday afternoon with the addition of a pair of Carp’s Tits and a Brubru sitting on a recently constructed nest outside the main reception area. Our first birding stop of the day was the small water treatment works in Tsumeb a town which became prosperous on mining activities. The pools attracted high numbers of Red-billed Ducks and Wood Sandpipers. Other species present included Comb Duck, Great, Little and Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night Heron, Striated, Squacco, Grey and Black-headed Herons, Black-necked Stilt, Little Stint, Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Hamerkop and overhead Lesser Striped Swallows an uncommon bird in this part of Namibia. On exiting the plant a Red-necked Falcon was seen perched in a tree. We then made a brief visit to the centre of Tsumeb for fuel before heading towards the large regional town of Otjiwarango. Typical birds of open country along the route. Lunch taken in the town followed by an exploration of the water treatment works a large, unprotected but important site. The first pools held Little Grebe, Common Moorhen, Black Crake, Blacksmith Lapwings and singing African Reed Warblers. In the remaining pools we added White-faced Whistling Ducks and Purple Swamphen to the list. Open waters here attracted small numbers of Hottentot Teal and Maccoa Duck. On leaving Otjiwarongo a brief visit to the golf club which was good for Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Blue Waxbill, Eastern Paradise and Shaft-tailed Whydahs, groups of Red-billed Francolins and Groundscraper Thrushes. We pushed on to Waterburg passing by large tracts of land set aside as safari parks. The road to Waterburg was good for Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, Scaly Weaver and Kalahari Scrub Robin. Checked in at Waterburg a made a short walk recording Damara Rockjumper, Cardinal Woodpecker, Alpine and Common Swifts.

September 11th: Waterburg

Weather: Hot and sunny 33c

At 0700 hours we embarked on a short walk towards the cliffs which tower above the bungalows. The grass around the bungalows attracted good numbers of Red-billed Francolins. Along the trail we located Pearl-spotted Owlet, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Pale-winged Starling, Damara Rockjumper, Ashy Tit, and the first White-bellied Sunbirds of the tour. High above us on the cliffs a pair of Hartlaub’s Francolins called. Careful scanning of the rock-face revealed a roosting Barn Owl. On the way back down towards the restaurant singing White-browed Scrub Robins, Scarlet-chested and Marico Sunbirds, Black-backed Puffback and Grey Go-away Birds. Near the restaurant itself we finally had prolonged views of Ruppell’s Parrots and Rosy-faced Lovebirds. After a leisurely breakfast we went on another walk towards the old fig tree. En route we observed Rufous-crowned Roller, Pied Barbet, Brubru, Golden-tailed Woodpecker and Familiar Chats collecting nesting materials. The walk along the fig tree trail added little in the form of birds. Above us wheeling flocks of Alpine and Common Swifts plus two African White-backed Vultures and a Verreaux’s Eagle. At 1600 hours we set off in the van to explore another area of Waterburg. The usual species were present along the road with a seasonal pond holding Little Grebe and a male Greater Painted Snipe. On the return to the main camp a stop at the camp ground added a lone Common Scimitarbill.

September 12th/13th: Waterburg, Windhoek, Johannesburg, London.

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Today was basically a travelling one as we headed back towards Windhoek and onto the airport. The commoner species seen along the way with the addition of some more Burchell’s Sandgrouse. Beyond the city of Windhoek we added a pair of hunting Lanner Falcons the final bird of the tour. Checked in at the airport for the flight back to Johannesburg and onto London where the tour concluded.

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