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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:06 pm

Just love the expression of this little guy. He visited us at our camp (sitting on the towel) in the Drakensburg a couple of weeks ago.

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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:53 am

Am going to open myself up here. DB, the bird looks more like a flycatcher than a Familiar Chat?
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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:02 am

Ohhhhh ..... you could well be right! I will post another pic of the same bird for you to help me ID it with. I am sure it is the same little chap that did the wing thing each time he landed on the grass though. But maybe not!

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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:41 am

Am pretty sure its a flycatcher and not a chat, though which flycatcher I'm not certain. Might be worth a repost in the general birds ID thread.
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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:44 am

Will do that, thanks Josh!
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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:49 am

The bar on the tail should tell..... :hmz:
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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:50 am

Fair chance I'm wrong, but I think its a Spotted Flycatcher. (Am working off the Sasol on my smartphone).
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Re: Chat, familiar

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:05 am

And the white eyebrow and the bar on the tail?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:10 am

Help! Please!

Another flycatcher/familiar chat help needed please.

Thanks Josh for pointing me here.

Micetta, I think the bar on the tail is the sunlight. I am going to look for more pics of this bird to post here.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:11 am

I’m not sure about that bar on the tail…but with white eyebrow, light streaking on breast, no steaks on head…my guess is Dusky Flycatcher

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:13 am

DinkyBird wrote:Help! Please!

Another flycatcher/familiar chat help needed please.

Thanks Josh for pointing me here.

Micetta, I think the bar on the tail is the sunlight. I am going to look for more pics of this bird to post here.


I hope it's the sunlight, because that bar makes me :doh:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:19 am

The bar is sunlight, I check on the other pics I took.

Here are some more pics (he is such a cute guy):
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:23 am

If the bar is the sun :wink: Then dusky sounds good to me with all the knowledge of a duckling :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Niall » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:49 am

The first bird in question is an African Dusky Flycatcher - quite small, and quite active. The Spotted Flycatchers will probably all have left us by now. (Or a few weeks back when this was taken)

Have a look at the graph from SABAP2 on the bottom of this page:

http://sabap2.adu.org.za/species_maps.php?Spp=654

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:51 am

Thank you all you helpful folk here - as a 'newbie' birder, your help goes a long way to encourage and teach one! :clap:
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