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Unread postby Johann » Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:49 am

Klipbaber wrote:Green and bluespotted Doves

I have noticed these two birds some distance from another eating seeds falling from my bird feeder. Would have loved to photograph the close together but with the help of photoshop I can now show the differences bewtween the greenspotted and bluespotted doves by merging them http://s200.photobucket.com/albums/aa27 ... merged.jpg


:shock: Holy crap!!! :shock: Excuse my French.

I've been searching for Blue-spotted for some time. Been to most of the hotspots (more than a few times) and nothing! And you got them feeding in your garden! In Tzaneen! A bit further south than any other reports I've read. Next time I'm going to Magoebaskloof I think I'll just carry straight on to Tzaneen.
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Emerald Spotted dove

Unread postby Skopsie » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:17 pm

Klipbaber, welcome to the forum. Hope you are not as dry as your name suggests!!! :twisted:

I did not realise that the Blue-spotted Wood-dove's bill is yellow. I allways thought the difference between the two doves are the spots, as the names suggest.

Here is my contribution. It is a male and female, and the male pulled out all the stops to impress the female....

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Unread postby Klipbaber » Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:38 pm

No no Skopsie...klipbabers like the klippe 'under' water....I am wet!
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Re: Dove: Emerald-spotted wood

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:00 pm

The Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove is known as "Xivhambalana" in Shangaan. The mournful call of the dove is a very familiar sound in the bushveld. The melodious descending "du du du du du du du" is interpreted by the Shangaans as "My mother is dead, my father is dead, and my heart goes oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh".

The Shangaans also have a saying to caution travelers, "The Xivhambalana flies to the Xepa tree". This means that it is getting late and it is time to seek food and shelter for the night.

Source: "Book - Prime Origins Guide to Best Birding in Kruger".

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Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:18 pm

Just nice photo that I would like to share.



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Re: Dove: Emerald-spotted wood

Unread postby okie » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:33 pm

Leeukos :clap:
VVV : :thumbs_up:

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Re: Dove: Emerald-spotted wood

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:38 pm

Nice Okie,
When we are in the parks we sometimes forget to look out for our beautiful birds!

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Re: Dove: Emerald-spotted wood

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:54 pm

I love these birds. Their call is one of my favourite. It is so evocative.

Taken close to Kanniedood Dam a couple of weeks back.

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Unread postby Tilandi » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:42 pm

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Strange markings over the tail of this pigeon seen this morning in KNP.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:57 pm

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove Tilandi! :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:22 pm

Thought so, but when I checked my book couldn't see the markings.
Btw, where can I look for a Tambourine dove? :doh: Just cannot find them :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:30 pm

Common in coastal forests, less so in forest adjoining rivers and along lower slopes of mountainous areas in lowveld. Look for them feeding on the ground or sitting quietly in the lower stratum, like a shadow. More often than not, you'd disturb the bird before you see it and only notice it flying off at great speed... in which case it is obviously very difficult to make an ID call unless you are a very experienced birder. :twisted:

Best advice... get down to the coast... you are bound to see one there without too much hassles.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:16 am

Thank you Johan :D Will have to make a plan :hmz: :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jumbo » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:21 am

Hi Tilandi

As reported in THIS thread, there has been sightings of Tambourine Doves in northern Kruger…we had our sighting close to Shingwedzi in Jan 2010. 8)

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Re: Dove: Emerald-spotted wood

Unread postby Skopsie » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:49 pm

This is one of Klipbaber's photos he took recently.

We find it very interesting that the spots appear blue. The Blue-Spotted Wood Doves are in his garden. Could this be a crossbreed? Could it be due to optical reasons?

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