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 Post subject: Martin, brown-throated
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:13 pm 
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The Brown-throated Martin, Riparia paludicola, is small (12 cm) and a partially migratory species, with some populations making seasonal movements. It has a wide range in southern Africa.

This martin is colonial in its nesting habits, with many pairs breeding close together. The nests are at the end of tunnels of 30 to 60 cm in length, bored in sandbanks.

If forages aerially closely over vegetation, over water and often over arid land far from water. Infrequently it picks up food from the ground. Roosts communally at night perched in reed stands. They are often seen in the company of other swallows, swifts and martins.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Are these brownthroated martins? Seen along the Orange River in Upington in March 2010.

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Not a great photo, I know, and its very cropped, but they were high above and moving very fast, so quite some challenge to get anything! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Arks, yes I would say that ID is correct... Always a pain to try and photograph martins or swallows when flying...


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for confirming, DD. Most of my attempts at martins/swallows in flight are blurs :roll: But these are a new tick for me :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Is this a Brown-throated Martin, seen at one of the wetlands in Cape Town today.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Yes, its a Brown-throated Martin


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 Post subject: Re: Martin, brown-throated
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I spent quite a lot of time watching these little birds at Strandfontein and did an awful lot of deleting afterwards.

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