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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby Elsa » Mon May 17, 2010 10:23 pm

At the causeway over the Shingwedzi River. Feb 2010.

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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:30 pm

Elsa :clap: nice close up! Didnt seem too shy!
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Bird id help

Unread postby melissal » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:54 pm

Hi,

Hoping someone can id this bird for me (only just started getting interested in birds and I'm stumped by this one).

It was at the Kruger, near Lower Sabie, at Ntandanyathi Hide, early in the morning, on its own, in November this year. I thought at first it was a Kingfisher of some sort, then decided it looked more like a heron, but the red eyes are confusing me. It's not particularly big - about pigeon-sized I would estimate.

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Re: Bird id help

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:04 am

I suspect that is a Green-backed Heron in its breeding colors.

Maybe someone can confirm?
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Re: Bird id help

Unread postby pantera leo » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:18 am

Imberbe wrote:I suspect that is a Green-backed Heron in its breeding colors.


:thumbs_up: I would agree with you Imberbe! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:33 pm

At this point I am feeling lazy :wink: This was taken at Lake Panic and Bittern, or maybe Heron of sorts comes to mind.

I will tell you that this preceeded one of my best sightings... ever.. if I had a bigger lens and video.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:56 pm

Hi MM,

Your second bird is a juv. Green backed Heron.

Dying to know what you saw next???

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Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby michel367 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:56 pm

I say this is a Dwarf Bittern, but others say it is a juvenile Green backed Heron.

I took this shot at the Nhlambanyathi hide under Lower Sabie.

What would the real birders say?

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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:01 pm

Juv. Green Backed Heron
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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby o-dog » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:05 pm

Hey Michel!!

Looks like a juvenile GBH to me :)

Btw just realised what Nhlambanyathi means :dance:

Nhlamba = herd
Nyathi = buffalo

I was always to lazy to read/pronounce that name but now its easy :wink:
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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby michel367 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:56 pm

Thanks guys, but if you look at the area around the eye It looks more like a Dwarf bittern too me as the Juvenile GHB does not have the green around the eyes and the Dwarf Bittern has the greenish legs whereas the Juvenile GBH has more dull orange coloured legs. :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby ross hawkins » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:18 pm

Juve Green-backed Heron

White flecks on the wing point to GBH along with the moustachial streaking

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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:23 pm

:wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:
Man. These birding thing can really make you crazy. :slap: :slap:

Thanks Ross. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby ross hawkins » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:39 pm

Hey Michel367
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Only a pleasure. I'm learning lots here, actually looking at the bird n reading the description properly for a change which helps :D

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Re: Dwarf Bittern or juvenile Green Backed Heron????

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:43 pm

I am still a long way away from being a birder.

Still. I am learning too and that darn bird is still giving trouble.

If I look at your explanation I agree with you completely, but if I look at the eye and the area around it I am still not 100% sure. :hmz:


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