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 Post subject: Stilt: Black-winged
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:50 am 
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 Post subject: Blackwinged Stilt
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Very nice little birds,

I just love it when they fly, they tuck there long red legs behind them and then fly with their small bodies :lol: The Blacksmith Plovers don't seem to like them that much. Every few minutes a BS Plovers would dive bomb them, but this behaviour is probably to do with the BS Plover protecting there newly born chicks.

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Wildtuinman....Sunset Dam 28/09/2006.....could be the same bird??!!

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 Post subject: A Junior Stilt
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Here's that bird again....Sunset Dam 10 Nov 2008!!

A bit shy about its legs - then so would I be! :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Stilt: Black-winged
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The legs are improbably long but quite elegant don't you think?

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 Post subject: Re: Stilt: Black-winged
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Saw mine at Mopani on the dam :D

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 Post subject: Re: Stilt: Black-winged
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Got these two doing some formation flying at northern farm

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 Post subject: Re: Stilt: Black-winged
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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
Identification:
Size medium; slender build; legs very long, red; bill long, slender, straight; mostly white; back and wings black (male) or brown (female). Immature: Like female with greyish nape and hindneck. Chick: Above yellowish grey, with irregular black stripes; below buffy white; iris dark brown; bill shortish, black; legs and feet pinkish grey; weighs about 17 g at hatching.
Voice: Puppylike yapping yip-yip-yip-yip, loud and penetrating; shrill chek-chek-chek alarm call.
Distribution:
Almost worldwide, except n Holarctic and S America; throughout s Africa.
Status:
Locally common resident; highly nomadic.
Habitat:
Shallow waters of estuaries, pans, dams, sewage ponds, vleis and marshes.
Habits:
Solitary or gregarious; occasionally in large flocks of up to 500 birds. Forages by wading quickly with high-stepping gait in shallow water (rarely by swimming) sweeping bill over surface and pecking at food; may submerge head and neck. Flight somewhat flapping, long legs trailing out behind, often accompanied by loud calls.
Food:
Insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms, seeds.
Breeding:
Season: April to November in Zimbabwe, October to November in e Cape, April to September in Natal; probably most months in s Africa, depending on rainfall, but usually in dry season in E. Nest: Scrape on ground or mud, lined with twigs, grass, and mudpellets; sometimes substantial pile of plant material built up in shallow water or on floating water plants.

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 Post subject: Re: Stilt: Black-winged
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Here's a nice one at Sunset Dam, Kruger, Thursday!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I saw these water birds at Moravet waterhole in KTP. Can somebody please help me wiht the confirmation and ID.

I would guess a Black-headed Heron, an egret, but don't know which one and the bird in the front, I don't even have a clue!
It is not the greatest photo, but hope one of you can have a stab at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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You're corerct with your Black-headed Heron ID and the Egret is most likely a Great White Egret considering the size. Unfortunately it offers no real ID features for us to go on. The smaller bird is a Black-winged Stilt.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thank you so much.

I helps to ID birds if you actually know where to start looking in the book - a Stilt was not even on my list, but now I know! :redface: :redface:

I also thought it was a great white Egret, but according to my Sasol book, they are not usually found in KTP, so that threw me. :slap:

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