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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:36 pm 
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Strandfontein today. Is this a plain backed pipit. Sorry, it was the only pic.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Nope! Plain-backed means exactly that: no scalloping on the back. This bird does not look like a pipit in any case. The tail is too short and the rump shows yellow. The tertials are heavily fringed pale yellow and the general impression I get from the bird's posture, the scrubby habitat and the birds interaction with the bush is weaver.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Joh, having enlarged the pic afterwards and done some more looking up, I agree with you.

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Less than 3 months now. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Please help with identification of these 2 birds photographed in the KNP near Skukuza on 1 July 2014:-

Bird #1:-

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Bird # 2:-

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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They look like sabota larks, but I have nagging feeling about non breeding red bishops.....

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I'd go with nonbreeding/female red bishops, the bill doesn't look "lark-like" to me ..... but I am most definitely NO expert :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Bush Baptist and Arks

Tnx for your replies - much appreiciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hello all

So pretty soon someone is prolly going to get a bit worked up because I'm not finding out what bird is what by myself. I have this Sasol app on my IPAD which really isnt that easy. Some really common birds just arent listed by the looks of things. Or the listing is a bit of a mystery to me. So, to start off I'll show you a bird that I do know. And then when you are comfortable that I have done some checking, I'll show you a bird that I dont know -which I quite possibly should know). Then you can all tell me what the bird is because on my recent trip to Tamboti I spend a long time just looking at these and others that look just like them but slightly different feathers and bare cheeks.

Ok so here is a lilac breasted roller.
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Now tell me what this is please:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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My guess would be a Natal Spurfowl Moobox, due to the lack of a yellow or red-eyering. But I am not an expert, lets hope one of them helps us out here! :thumbs_up:

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I'm not an expert either Hilda, but I agree: Natal Spurfowl :thumbs_up:


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This morning At Rondevlei in Cape Town, this juvenile has stumped us.

We heard a Klaas's cuckoo calling in the distance and though this could be it, but it looks more like a barred long tailed cuckoo that has no right to be down here, or maybe even Diedericks, but it seemed to be about the size of a dove.

Help please, before I go cuckoo.

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Do go cuckoo, BB.

Female Klaas's...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Joh!

It looked a bit big for a Klaas's, but then it was rather close!

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