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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:56 pm

Please help me ID these birds: Seen in NOvember at Sugar Bush Estate, Krugersdorp.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby JoelR » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:54 am

Pipit (2x). Possibly Long-billed Pipit. The facial markings seem less pronounced than in African Pipit and I can't see white outertail feathers. You'll need to get more opinions on this one though.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:02 pm

Larks continue to perplex me, here are two that I'm not sure about. The first I'm thinking might be a fawncoloured lark?

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(Or perhaps I'm WAY off the mark and they're pipits ... :wall: )

Both seen at Karoo NP on 13 September 2011.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:39 am

Hi arks, the 1st one I would go with African Pipit.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:07 pm

MattAxel wrote:Hi arks, the 1st one I would go with African Pipit.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Trevor Hardaker » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:55 am

Arks, just as an aside, your first bird is actually a Long-billed Pipit rather than an African Pipit...
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:27 pm

Trevor Hardaker wrote:Arks, just as an aside, your first bird is actually a Long-billed Pipit rather than an African Pipit...

Trevor, thank you SO much for the ID on the longbilled pipit. A lifer for me! :dance:

I still find larks and pipits very difficult to ID, but now that you've suggested longbilled pipit and I look at my field guide, it seems fairly obvious :wink: :D
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Unread postby arks » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:52 pm

Seems that there are very few pipits in the index, so I'm happy to contribute a few pix from my September 2011 visits to MZNP and Addo. Both birds were very obliging 8)

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Unread postby BrettG » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:02 pm

Hi all, the pic was taken in the karoo. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: ID help

Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:18 pm

Hi Bpgraham........ :thumbs_up:

:hmz: Looks like a Spikeheeled Lark (Chersomanes abofasciata) to me, but could be wrong. :)
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Re: ID help

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:19 pm

The top part of this forum is reserved for threads that deal specifically with ID issues. You should decide which category your bird belongs in and place the query there (is it an LBJ, raptor or fall under 'general').

Well, that advice you should follow when you next have a query. For now, my take on your bird: I think it is a long-billed pipit. The pink lower bill, weak eyebrow, hint of buffy retrices and finely patterned mantle are the reasons why I make that call.
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Re: ID help

Unread postby BrettG » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:33 pm

Thanks for the replies. Sorry about that Johan,I thought the post was going into the general ID bird topic. Thanks for the help

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:41 pm

:thumbs_up: Classical long billed pipit!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby NetEk » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:05 am

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I Hate LBJ's Please help this pic was taken at RietVlei the day of the Meet & Great.

I'm leaning towards Sabota Lark but just not sure.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:32 am

NetEk wrote: I Hate LBJ's

Why?? :twisted:

NetEk wrote:Please help this pic was taken at RietVlei the day of the Meet & Great.
I'm leaning towards Sabota Lark but just not sure.


Being unsure is a good sign, NetEk. This is a pipit. I'd like to have a better view of the bill specifically, but judging from what I can see, I'd say chances are good for a long-billed pipit: lightly streaked back, buffy outer feathers, prominent buffy eyebrow. However, having stated me gut-feel, the giss is buffy-like. Maybe you have a (few) different angle(s) to show? :lol:
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