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Stilt: Black-winged

Unread postby matthew » Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:50 am

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:46 pm

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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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:22 pm

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Unread postby Dave Heard » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:10 am

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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Re: Stilt: Black-winged

Unread postby granjan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:20 am

The legs are improbably long but quite elegant don't you think?

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Re: Stilt: Black-winged

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:56 pm

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

Unread postby Sparks » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:52 pm

Got these two doing some formation flying at northern farm

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Re: Stilt: Black-winged

Unread postby JenB » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:40 am

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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Re: Stilt: Black-winged

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:20 pm

Here's a nice one at Sunset Dam, Kruger, Thursday!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:24 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:36 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:44 pm

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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