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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:12 pm 
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Another distant wader (with apologies for the poor quality of the much-cropped image). Is this one perhaps a marsh sandpiper? Seen at Mapungubwe in late October 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Another greenshank, arks

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Johan. Waders are still mostly a mystery to me, very hard to work out (and I expect that it doesn't help that I rarely/never see them close to) :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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This is the only photo I managed to get of this woodpecker ... so I'm not sure it's possible to ID. My guess is that it might be either a Bennett's or a goldentailed woodpecker?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The "clean" face would point towards Bennet's. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks DD :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Another than I'm not sure about, is it perhaps a common cuckoo? Seen along the Luvhuvhu River in KNP on 1 November 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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This is a very difficult call to make at the best of times, arks.

After having looked at your bird pix for some time, I feel more comfortable with African cuckoo than common. The only feature I could find worth mentioning is the length of the white spots in the tail. Your bird in this respect shows a more extensive spot than one would expect seeing in the common cuckoo.

The best angle for these cuckoos is front- and side-on, showing especially the base of the bill where the extent of yellow; and undertail barring would be diagnostic.

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Thanks Johan, I've again learned something useful. :thumbs_up:

I had a feeling that this one might be impossible to ID definitively. Unfortunately the bird never showed me its side or front view :wall: Either common or African cuckoo would be a new tick for me, but I don't think that I can honestly claim it on the basis of this sighting :whistle:

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