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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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nice pictures and nice explanations :D
and nice to see a little one nourish a big one :?

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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Location: Pretoria...dreaming of the kalahari
We visited the Kgalagadi this December and saw a lot of birds..but the strange thing was that i saw a red-chested cuckoo on the dry river bed at Mata Mata...

If you could tell me how to get pictures on my posts i could post some of the photos i took..
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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welcome to the forum Biberonsgecko :D
there is a tutorial here... but don't use Tinypic, try Photobucket or Flickr or ...

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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after a few frustrating days of hearing but not be able to see the bird, it finally made an appearance... an unusual and unexpected perch for this species - on the top of a lightening conductor some 40 odd metres above the ground and completely in the clear .... here it sat for half an hour, calling to the world...

Apologies, but the light was poor, being early evening, but any picture is always better for the memory than none at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested
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superb :clap:
me too, I only heard here, several time... never saw one :(

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Help please with IDs :)

And is this a juvenile Piet my Vrou - Red chested cuckoo?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The cuckoo is either African or Eurasian. At that distance it is hard to be sure but I would go for African if pushed. You need a clear shot of the beak area. It seems quite yelow.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thank you, Maxwell. I took several pics, some on high zoom just to try and ID the cuckoo.
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Whatever it was, I suspect that it was a youngster.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hmm! that spotted tail worries me and changes my mind to Eurasian (poss female juv. just moulting to adult.)

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That's the 'English' cuckoo? Funny if it was. I've never seen one in England, I don't even remember hearing one, and there I sit watching one in Kruger. I sat with it for a good two or three minutes.

Thanks so much for your help, Maxwell.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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chirinda wrote:
That's the 'English' cuckoo? Funny if it was. I've never seen one in England, I don't even remember hearing one, and there I sit watching one in Kruger. I sat with it for a good two or three minutes.

Thanks so much for your help, Maxwell.

No chirinda, that is indeed a juvenile Red-chested Cuckoo. The very dark (pretty much black) upper sides and the dark blotched throat and chest are the key features.

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