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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:05 pm 
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Thanks Albert and umtali1 for the ID.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I'm puzzled by this weaver, the only illustration in my birdbook for a bird with a dark upper bill and pale lower bill is the female village weaver, but this bird has a pale eye. The golden weaver has the pale eye, but not the mottled back or the bi-colour bill. So I'm flummoxed. :wall: Am I missing something obvious? Any ideas or suggestions? Seen at Mapungubwe in late October 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Seen this bird close to Tshokwane picnic site end of November 2014 in Kruger NP.
I'm not sure, is this an European nightjar?
Thank for help and greetings.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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wow a Nightjar :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Good spot... :dance: ....a nightjar :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Great shot! And your ID is not too shabby either... Male European nightjar.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Arks, your bird is a female lesser Masked Weaver.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks so much for the ID, Snoobab. The illustration in my field guide (Roberts) doesn't really show the bi-colour bill that is so prominent on my bird, nor is it mentioned in the description of the female, so your pointing me in the right direction is much appreciated :thumbs_up:

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I continue to find waders a challenge, especially when they are, as this one was, very far away -- with photos perhaps too indistinct for any possitive ID. My guesses are that it might be either a common greenshank or a marsh sandpiper, or even perhaps a juvenile backwinged stilt? Seen at Mapungubwe in late October 2014.

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Common greenshank :thumbs_up:

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Thanks JvR!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thank you all for your help!!! :gflower:

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