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Woodpecker, Bennett's

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Unread postby wildheart » Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:21 pm

In April 07 we were watching, listening to one in a tree right above our heads. He was knocking, knocking and a bit further of was another one responding. When ever the distant one sounded louder than him, he moved of and knocked against another tree until his was the loudest. It was very funny. :lol:

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:03 pm

Male and female photographed in the same tree in Satara.

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Unread postby BushAddict » Wed May 06, 2009 12:03 pm

Hi All

I saw this woodpecker in Orpen rest camp in KNP a few weeks ago. My first feeling was a golden-tailed woodpecker, but somebody else (who knows a lot more than I do) suggested a Bennett's woodpecker due to the spots rather than barring on the chest. However, I cant see the red chin stripe. It's not the greatest pic, but what do you guys think?

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Unread postby AKadwa » Wed May 06, 2009 12:16 pm

Hey BA I think it is a goldentailed woodpecker. The wings look the right colour and it has spots. But I'm no expert. :lol:

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Unread postby BushAddict » Wed May 06, 2009 12:28 pm

Thanks AKadwa :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 06, 2009 12:41 pm

Female, Golden-Tailed Woodpecker..... :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby BushAddict » Wed May 06, 2009 12:59 pm

Thanks RJ :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 06, 2009 3:52 pm

Pleasure :D The lack of red mastacial stripe, and the lack of spots lead away from Bennett's. You'll see your bird, has a streaked upper 2/3 of the under-body, and spots on the lower flanks, vent etc. Only The Golden-Tailed shows this spotted and streaked appearance. All other Woodies, are one or the other, or just plain eg: Olive Woodpecker :D Bennett's would also show a plain throat, unlike your bird. Also due to the lack of a complete red crown, we know your birds a female. And female Benett's would show a brown throat and cheek. Your birds is white :twisted:

Now you know what to look out for next time :tongue: :lol:
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Unread postby BushAddict » Wed May 06, 2009 4:23 pm

Thanks RJ :thumbs_up:

I appreciate you taking the time out to explain in such detail. I am new to birding and I was running around with my binocs and bird book like a madman. This woodie was the only guy (girl :tongue: ) that I was unsure about.

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Unread postby Siobain » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:52 pm

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Unread postby Batmad » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:26 pm

It sounds like these birds are fairly common in Satara?? Am i correct in saying this?? :hmz:

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:53 am

We saw this one at Tshokwane Picnic site.
Not the greatest pic tho. :redface:

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Unread postby darth bangkok » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:25 am

Hi, I am having trouble identifying this bird. Maybe someone can help.

This woodpecker was seen at P'kop rest camp on 31/8. I am guessing its a golden-tailed wp, but the spotting doesn't seem right on the back and there is the grey patch on the head:

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Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:11 pm

darth bangkok,

2-Golden-tailed WP male: you can stick to your ID, as the ear coverts are streaked and malar line red.

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Unread postby darth bangkok » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:27 pm

Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:darth bangkok,

2-Golden-tailed WP male: you can stick to your ID, as the ear coverts are streaked and malar line red.


Many thanks Lizet!
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