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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:52 am

Albert, your flycatcher is a Spotted Flycatcher. The streaked crown is a good indicator.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:08 am

Karin, I do think you have a very good candidate for Buffy there. The upright stance, plain back, pushed out belly.. looks good. Where did you see it?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:16 am

DotDan wrote:Karin, I do think you have a very good candidate for Buffy there. The upright stance, plain back, pushed out belly.. looks good. Where did you see it?


Thanks DotDan, it was seen in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Albert » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:22 am

salamanda wrote:Thanks Albert.

I kind of ruled out Lazy because it has a plain back which my bird doesn't, and the Croaking because mine doesn't have a streaked crown and the head is quite rufous. Not sure if I have another pic that is of any use, but will have a look.


Of course you are right! I was so focused on the lack of rufous wing-panel that I overlooked the back of the bird completely... :redface:
Another perusal of Faansie's book now makes me think that your first selection was probably right. It could just be that the rufous wingpanel is not visible because of the angle of the photograph. The same applies to the tail (supposedly also dull rufous-brown). Maybe slightly duller/worn non-breeding plumage?

DotDan wrote:Albert, your flycatcher is a Spotted Flycatcher. The streaked crown is a good indicator.


Thanks DD. Thought so, and will now file as such!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby salamanda » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:43 pm

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salamanda wrote:Is this possibly a Rattling Cisticola? Seen on between Mopani and Shingwedzi in June 2015.


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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:47 pm

Salamanda, looking at the cisticolas in my book, I don't think it can be anything else, I would say rattling.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Ladybirder » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:33 pm

I also think its a Rattling Cisticola. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:50 am

Yay! New tick. Thanks Albert, Karin, and Ladybirder for your input.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Albert » Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:44 am

OK then: the last one from my April Kruger trip. This is from the Pafuri area. Apologies for the lack of focus (but this is the best that I have). I was thinking this is possibly a Lesser Masked Weaver?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:41 pm

From what I can see, this weaver has blue/black legs which would point to LMW

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:32 pm

Could someone tell me if I am correct that this a Sabota Lark? seen Mooiplaas KNP June 2015


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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:53 pm

. . . And just in case you have nothing else to do, I need help with this Pipit. I'm looking at the lower bill colour but I really cant tell if its pinkish or yellowish. And the outer tail feathers don't look white to me but this may just be my monitor. It also seems to have an unstreaked back. I first thought it was an African Pipit. Now I"m wondering if it is possibly a Plain-backed Pipit/ Seen at Tihongonyeni, KNP, June 2015.


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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:56 am

Hi Salamanda, I think your first thought (instinct ID) was correct. Not too much evidence here pointing to the plain backed pipits.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:52 am

Many thanks DotDan. Am i correct on the Sabota Lark as well?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:14 pm

Your first pic is also a pipit, most probably also African
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