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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon May 17, 2010 7:39 am

Fro sure :thumbs_up: Glad I could help and that I'm getting them right now and then :)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:30 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:29 am

arks wrote: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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:43 pm

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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Re: Wheatear: Capped

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:28 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wanderw » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:25 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:07 pm

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

Unread postby arks » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:16 pm

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

Unread postby wanderw » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Thanks BB and Arks! :thumbs_up:
arks wrote: Perhaps a transitional stage from juvenile to adult? :hmz:

My thoughts too! :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:41 am

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

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:12 pm

Thanks Arks!
Capped Wheatear it is! :thumbs_up:
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