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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:02 pm

I thought posting this MSPaint-generated image will further explain about the difference in scaling on these birds' legs - a useful ID feature that allows one to make the family ID correctly and so get a lot of posibilities out of the way...

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The sketch on the left represents the lark and (obviously :lol: ) on the right, the pipit.
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Re: Larks: Sabota Lark

Unread postby granjan » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:31 pm

This chap was singing his heart out in the dawn light at the sunrise platform in Mapungubwe in November. A sabota lark?

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:57 pm

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What I see in this bird: bold facial markings, streakings on the head, rather heavily streaked chest, White supercilium, and rich rufous colour.

Is it a Sabota Lark?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:44 am

Sabota's Lark, yes!
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Unread postby Skopsie » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:00 pm

I saw this chick on the road near Mopani two weeks ago. It must be very young, because it could not fly properly.

I have no idea, but would guess Zitting Cisticola. :whistle:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:29 pm

Aaaah :wall: :lol:

Fledgings :doh: .....Mmmm!!! I'll have to do a little search, but my initial guess is Sobota Lark!!!
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Unread postby Skopsie » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:16 pm

It seems that the fledgling bowled you guys over!! :o

Any possiblilties?
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Unread postby Batmad » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:04 pm

Skopsie wrote:I saw this chick on the road near Mopani two weeks ago. It must be very young, because it could not fly properly.

I have no idea, but would guess Zitting Cisticola. :whistle:

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri May 15, 2009 1:19 pm

And another one from me...sorry I really try to ID them myself and have done so with a lot, but these brown ones do not want to play along.

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 15, 2009 1:39 pm

Looks like Sabota Lark.......
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:54 pm

Saw this little guy near Letaba on 7 Jan
Is it a Dusky Lark? If not what is it?
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Unread postby Niall » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:00 pm

With that distinct eyestripe, it looks like Sabota Lark to me.

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:26 pm

I agree
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Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:45 pm

Thanks Niall & RJ
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Tilandi » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 pm

Can't make up my mind which lark this is. Taken today North West - grassveld and Acacia Thorn Trees in the area. If someone can help please :hmz:
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