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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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The Egyptian Goose is in fact a White-faced Duck, as Arks fortunately noticed! I was checking out the cute little ones, and missed the mom's identity Umtali1! :redface:

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Great to have a Mokala trip report again! :dance:

By the way - it is a South African Shelduck with the little ones. :D

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Great TR :thumbs_up: ..with stunning bird :cam: :clap: :clap:

Nyala is gorgeous. :thumbs_up: ...Love the pics of the various picnic spots. :dance:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:

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The Egyptian Goose is in fact a White-faced Duck, as Arks fortunately noticed! I was checking out the cute little ones, and missed the mom's identity Umtali1! :redface:


naomi c wrote:
Great to have a Mokala trip report again! :dance:

By the way - it is a South African Shelduck with the little ones. :D

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


:redface: Should have looked closer!
Thank you Arks, hilda and naomi c for being so eagle-eyed :clap: After looking at it again I agree with naomi c , but I don't know my birds very well :wall:

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Thanks for the bigger bus. Lots of elbow room now :lol:

Love the birds and the shots from the north. We'll be there in a few months. I wonder what this January and February will bring. :hmz:


Thank you for your comments. :thumbs_up: Let's hope the north has a few seasons to recover.

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Some really good photographs here, wish I was at any one of those hides or picnic spots right now.
There is a debate going on about the duck id, now I am not sure myself, since I am at work and don't have my bird book with me, I cant look it up now. I can however in the mean time assure you that it is definitely not Image

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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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Great TR :thumbs_up: ..with stunning bird :cam: :clap: :clap:

Nyala is gorgeous. :thumbs_up: ...Love the pics of the various picnic spots. :dance:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:


Our pleasure :D

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Thank you :clap: :clap: We were lucky that those picnic spots were so quiet :dance:

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Some really good photographs here, wish I was at any one of those hides or picnic spots right now.
There is a debate going on about the duck id, now I am not sure myself, since I am at work and don't have my bird book with me, I cant look it up now. I can however in the mean time assure you that it is definitely not Image


Don't we all wish we were still there.......
Please continue the debate about the duck. :thumbs_up: ..... am still a novice!

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Oh my! Then it is a female African Shelduck, (of course, with the little ones around), because the male has a grey head. She differs from the Egyptian Goose as follows, according to Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa:

More richly coloured than Egyptian Goose and lacks brown eye patch and breast spot; under parts russet, not grey; bill and legs darker. In flight, lacks black line across upper wing coverts and is much more russet below.

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Posted as Egyptian Goose but subsequently ID'd as African Shelduck and ducklings

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Agreed :thumbs_up: my book calls them "South African Shellduck"

Both books I use do not show the whole head as white as in the picture but they do say in the text "female has a white face(extent of white varies considerably)"

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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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umtali1 wrote:
Posted as Egyptian Goose but subsequently ID'd as African Shelduck and ducklings

Agreed :thumbs_up: my book calls them "South African Shellduck"

Both books I use do not show the whole head as white as in the picture but they do say in the text "female has a white face(extent of white varies considerably)"


Well the fundi :cam: SO has gone looking for the missing photos
(something to do with flash corruption :roll: ) and has come up with these clarifications ...

The African Shelduck mom and her family at the waters edge
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and her mate
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and the ducklings by themselves - now that would make an id challenge 8)
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Now the real Egyptian Geese in that days birdlist ...
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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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naomi c wrote:
Great to have a Mokala trip report again! :dance:

By the way - it is a South African Shelduck with the little ones. :D

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Naomi c is absolutely correct :redface: :redface: :redface: -- and I agree that it's great to have a Mokala TR :thumbs_up:


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Wonderful birdie sightings all around :dance: :dance: .

Just love the little shelducks :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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