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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:42 pm

Hi Rob,

The bird is a Southern Masked Weaver and that little guy is a Meerkat. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby Bushmom » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:54 pm

Michel!!!!! Saffies don't talk to New Zeelanders at the moment! :roll: It is our own fault though! :redface: :slap:
We will make an exception for you RobNZ :thumbs_up:
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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:56 pm

Eish Bushmom,

In my opinion if someone looses it is due to only one of two reasons.
They are not good enough.
The other side was better. :thumbs_up:

All in the big spirit of togetherness. :lol:

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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:59 pm

michel367 wrote:Hi Rob,

The bird is a Southern Masked Weaver and that little guy is a Meerkat. :thumbs_up:

Michel, I believe that the small critter is actually a yellow mongoose?

@RobNZ: It would help if you could tell us where you saw both the bird and the critter?
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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:15 pm

LMAO @ Meerkat :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yeah Arks, its a Yellow Mongoose

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby arks » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:19 am

This cheeky male southern masked weaver visited me on my stoep at Karoo NP in September 2011.

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby mel123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:36 pm

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby arks » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:09 pm

Lovely pix of the nest builder, mel, I especially like the second one — looks like a leafy trapeze! Where were these taken? (And do you know what sort of tree with those berries?)
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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby mel123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi arks, they were taken in my garden in Potchefstroom. Unfortunately I don't know the sort of tree. I'm not that clued up with trees. :redface: Sorry. It is a big tree, with leaves that remind me of 'Karee' trees, which I grew up with. But I don't think it is a Karee tree.
It is at this stage alive with birds, including bulbuls, thrushes, mousebirds etc, all eating the berries. I love watching the goings on.
I took the trapeze photo in the morning, and that afternoon the nest was almost finished. So fast.
The first photo is of a finished nest of the same nest builder. The female has already laid eggs there I think.
The nest maker had a huge standoff with the crested barbet the other day, who came snooping around but had to leave, tail between the legs, so to speak, after the weaver made it known that he was not welcome at all. :D

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby arks » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:39 pm

You sure have plenty of drama in your garden, mel! 8) (I think your tree might be a pepper tree, but I'm not that clued-up on RSA trees — and I think it's an alien anyway :( , but clearly a popular food source for birds!)
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BIRD ID Help

Unread postby Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:30 am

Can someone please ID this bird for me?

Seen on May 14th at Grootkolk in the Kgalagadi TP.

Appears to be a Yellow Weaver, but it should not be...... ??


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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:49 am

Hu Suej, with the red eye, I can only go with female Southern Masked Weaver. Yellow Weaver would be far out of range.
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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread postby Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:03 am

wildtuinman wrote:Hu Suej, with the red eye, I can only go with female Southern Masked Weaver. Yellow Weaver would be far out of range.


Many thanks wildtuinman! I can see it now, especially the red eye. I knew the SMW was out of range but then again, as is often said: "birds don't read books"! :lol:
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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:19 am

No prob, Sue.

The Yellow Weaver's habitat is much more different from what you would expect to find in the Kgalagadi. It prefers coastal plains and riverine areas.

http://sabap2.adu.org.za/spp_summary.ph ... &section=1

Here is a photo of a male taken in Umhlanga on the KZN North Coast.

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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread postby Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:26 am

Thanks again wildtuinman - lovely pic of your weaver.

I don't know why I even suggested Yellow Weaver, as on my own blog I had the bird already listed as a Southern-Masked ! It must be something to do with age :roll: :doh:

Anyway many thanks for your help.
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