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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:37 am

Im confused by this bird. I thought it was a Green backed Heron, but now see the legs are reddish and it also has a red eyestripe? :( Seen at Lake Panic in January

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johann » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:32 am

Just to add: the red (think Robert's calls it deep orange) colouring you see is usually only visible for a very short time during the breeding season, after which it changes back to the yellow we would normally associate with this bird.
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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:05 pm

Seen at Lake Panic this year in Feb.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Scorpion » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:02 pm

Hi, could any of you stiffnecks please help with the identification of this lovely bird? The phota was taken in Kruger - obviously in a river.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hobbit » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:32 pm

Hi Scorpion,
It's a Green-backed Heron.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:52 am

hobbit wrote:It's a Green-backed Heron.


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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:08 pm

Fishing quite successfully. Spotted Crocodile River Road, KNP.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:54 pm

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Is this a green backed heron?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Charming1 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:04 pm

It appearas to be an immature GBH. Lovely pic :clap:

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Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:06 pm

Hi DB :D I think so, but an immature one. The adult doesn't have those stripes on its neck/chest.
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Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:07 pm

Oops :redface:

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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:37 am

Biyamiti Weir, Sept 2009

Imm. Green-backed heron:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Cherries » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:50 pm

Hi Guys

The small heron is puzzling me. It doesn't have the white spots on the wings that a Juvie Green-Backed Heron would show. I have deliberately left the Yellow-Billed Stork in the photos to give you an idea of size. Spotted at Borakalolo NR yesterday. Could it be a juvie Rufous-Bellied Heron or is that just wishful thinking on my part? :lol: :lol:

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If I had taken the pics a bit closer then it wouldn't be such a puzzle!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:33 pm

Unfortunately not the bird you're looking for :(

Its a sub adult(possibly adult) Greenbacked Heron, showing the immature striped neck, but adult plumage on the wings, thus lacking the white spots. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Cherries » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:41 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Unfortunately not the bird you're looking for :(


Thaks Justin. Sometimes these birds just don't conform to the "Norm" but it did look like a green back without spots or strong wing markings.. A real in betweener! Typical teenager.... :lol: :lol:
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