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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:39 am 
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Fro sure :thumbs_up: Glad I could help and that I'm getting them right now and then :)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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A few more that I'm not quite sure about :hmz: all seen along Darling Hills Road in late December 2012.

3. I think this is an immature chat of some sort, possibly a socklewinged chat?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Waiting patiently! :whistle: :wink: :D


Yarwell... these things take time...

The third bird is a juv capped wheatear (yellow base to bill, orange/red edges to wing feathers)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks so much, Johan! I'd never have guessed the wheatear as the juvie drawing in my Newman's doesn't look at all like my bird :?


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 Post subject: Re: Wheatear: Capped
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I have been unlucky with getting decent shots of capped wheatears, except for juvenile birds who for some reason seems less weary of me. All those frustrating and fruitless years of trying paid off when I discovered this breeding pair at their burrow, a borrowed excavation that may have beeen a rodent's tunnel.

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Legend has it that the bird's family name came about from a misunderstanding. When asking a Scot for the bird's name he said: "White Arse" and in his broad accent it came to be wheatears... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Could the experts please help with this ID:
Seen in KTP on 28 12 2010, near Mata Mata. I have been going through old pix and came across this terrible :redface: pic (heavily cropped). Thin beak, long legs and quite distinct facial/neck markings. I cannot get a match with my bird books(or I am going blind). Only thing near is Capped Wheatear on a 'Bad Hair Day'.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I got a slightly strange capped wheatear at Auchterlonie last year so it gets my vote!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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My vote too, Wanda :wink: Perhaps a transitional stage from juvenile to adult? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks BB and Arks! :thumbs_up:
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Perhaps a transitional stage from juvenile to adult? :hmz:

My thoughts too! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I got curious and googled and found this (scroll down) subspecies?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Arks!
Capped Wheatear it is! :thumbs_up:

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