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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:02 am 
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At close inspection you can see the "white" spot on the head but it's almost as dark as the head when compared to the throat. Interesting.

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I heard then found a pair at the Walter Susulu Botanical Gardens today! :dance: He was making eyes at her! :wink:

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That is a very nice sighting, Jen.

Well done!

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoos: Klaas's Cuckoo
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In July (2005) I heard an unusual bird call outside my house in Cape Town. It sounded like "Wheat pee" repeated 3 or 4 times. I tried to eyeball it in vain and then resorted to listening to all 947 or so birds sounds on the Roberts' cd. The only possible call on the cd was that of Klaas's cuckoo. At least twice a week I would hear the blighter and run outside with binoculars into the street, but alas he could not be seen. I think the neighbours might have been in touch with Valkenberg!!
Today at last I spotted him, and all is forgiven. He is now number 343.

This morning I was lying in bed contemplating getting up. What do I hear? 'Wheat-pee, wheat-pee'. The little rascal is back. :twisted: :tongue: :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo, Klaas's
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo, Klaas's
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the call is 3 sylabilled, hu eeeeeeeee tjie, hu eeeeeeeeee tjie.
Not 2 in my learned opinion...and yes some do over winter.


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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo, Klaas's
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I was in Richards Bay this weekend. While hubby was running, I found a quiet wooded area near the beach. There I saw two Klaas's Cuckoos Male and female hopping and eating on the ground. They were quite bold and I was able to take many photos (not good) with my limited lens. The female seemed larger. In fact I went back the following day and they were still there for hubby to tick. Later we got the Green Twinspot... so happy 630 on my list now.

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gfordyce- i have heard that sciantists are now contemplating if Klaas's cuckoo is acctually a intra-african migrant. Apparantly they might just be staying here in SA but are just keeping quite 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Seen this weekend on the edge of Gauteng and North West (Carltonville). Is it a juv Diderick Cuckoo. Didn't have the dark green but looked more olive green in the sunlight. :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Tilandi, I am no expert but was wondering if it wasn't an African Emerald Cuckoo as my book says the Juv Diderick has a dark red bill.
But lets see what the experts say.

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The female cuckoo is a KLASS'S CUCKOO.

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Thanks for you input Elsa :D
Many thanks Rusty Justy - that's a lifer for me :dance:

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I agree on the female Klaas's Cuckoo.

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Female photographed in Skukuza
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[color=#004000]Hi everybody.
I am new to birdwatching and need some help. On my last road trip I saw these birds but cant seem to make out what they are. I have got the Ilustrated Sasol bird book.
Please help :pray:

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I saw this bird in Lower Sabie camp playing around in the bush. It looks like a Speg to me?
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