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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:33 am 
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Please can anyone identify these 2 birds. I've seen them in Addo last month.


Normally I would have suggested that you have a look under larks (for #1) and cisticolas (#2), but I see you are from Belgium, margriet. So chances are that you will not have a good field guide.

The angle on the lark is a difficult one, not showing any of the “easy” ID features. To me it looks like a Rufous-naped lark, albeit somewhat atypical in appearance with the heavily spotted/streaked breast. The rest (semi-erect crest, dark eye stripe only behind the eye and bill shape) fit fine.

Bird #2 to me looks like a Neddiky from that area: plain-backed and usually a very grey bird with rufous wing panels and crown. Good shot!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
margriet wrote:
Please can anyone identify these 2 birds. I've seen them in Addo last month.


Normally I would have suggested that you have a look under larks (for #1) and cisticolas (#2), but I see you are from Belgium, margriet. So chances are that you will not have a good field guide.

The angle on the lark is a difficult one, not showing any of the “easy” ID features. To me it looks like a Rufous-naped lark, albeit somewhat atypical in appearance with the heavily spotted/streaked breast. The rest (semi-erect crest, dark eye stripe only behind the eye and bill shape) fit fine.

Bird #2 to me looks like a Neddiky from that area: plain-backed and usually a very grey bird with rufous wing panels and crown. Good shot!


Thanks Johan! I recently bought the Newman's guide and followed your suggestions and I think you're definitely right. This is the best shot I have of the lark:

ImageIMG_0421fk by margriet2009, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
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Having spent the weekend in Tanqua, we saw some birds that we think we have correct and others that baffle.


You have 1 and 3 right, BB. I also think you have #2 spot-on... it is a baffle :twisted: :lol:

Too little visual info for me to make a call...



Thanks Joh :thumbs_up:

No 2 had peachy flanks, not visible on the pics so I am going with Orange River white-eye.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Matjulu water hole, near Berg en dal, KNP, May 2014

Buffy Pipit?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Definitely not a Pipit Albert

My guess would be for Rattling Cisticola :D

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Which Weaver? Lesser Masked? I had hoped it might be Red-headed but now doubting that. Seen in the south of Kruger.


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Definitely not a Pipit Albert

My guess would be for Rattling Cisticola :D


Thanks Trevor....just dipping my toe into the murky waters of making an ID on a LBJ.. :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Ha-ha-ha :D :D I know the feeling well :thumbs_up: I am probably also incorrect in my ID :(

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Ha-ha-ha :D :D I know the feeling well :thumbs_up: I am probably also incorrect in my ID :(


Not so. You nailed it down nicely, TrevorC. :thumbs_up:

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Which Weaver? Lesser Masked? I had hoped it might be Red-headed but now doubting that. Seen in the south of Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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salamanda, the shot is a bit tough from an ID feature PoV as it was taken with the sun backlighting the subject, obscuring detail... However, I think I can see a hint of a light coloured eye and blue legs / feet. So, I think your ID of LMW is :thumbs_up:

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I seem to be improving . . . . thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I as this with a certain amount of trepidation as I shall probably get laughed at, but could this (it was very small) be a Lesser Jacana (which, as far as I know, is not found in Kruger) or is it just a juvenile Jacana? Seen at Sweni Bird Hide in June.

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Juvenile Jacana :thumbs_up:

I am still to see a Lesser Jacana but I have been told that they are absolutely tiny.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks again. I hope you get to see one one day . . . .


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