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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:17 am

Hi arks :)

We saw it on the S39 (Timbavati Road) on our way to Olifants, around eleven am on the 20th April 8)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby TrevorC » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:14 am

I agree -looks like Dusky Lark to me :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:46 pm

Thanks arks :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:37 pm

Pleasure, SC :D I'd assumed it was KNP, but it's always a good idea to include general info on where and when with ID queries :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Tilandi » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:36 pm

Please I need help with this 'Pipit' seen this morning on the S28 KNP
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby richardharris » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:50 am

Hi
Probably either a groundscraper thrush or a dusky lark (much rarer but right time of year).
Though I am not an expert on identifying photos the wing patterning would perhaps suggest the lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:01 am

Hi there Tilandi, although the photo's can't give a 100% ID, I am pretty sure you have yourself a Dusky Lark there, a very rare sighting, well done!!

Just a few distinctions between Groundscraper Thrush and Dusky Lark.. Dusky Lark has whitish legs, Smaller body, distinct whitish ring around the eye, stripes normally on extends to the chest.

Groundscraper Thrush is larger, more upright standing, Orange Brown legs, Larger more orange bill, Distinct Black Stripe through the eye and the stripes generally extend all the way to the stomach or further down.

Also one last thing is that you will see that the Lark above has markings on the wings where as the Thrush has a Pale grey back

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:46 am

Only one feature (the streaked/unstreaked belly) is obscured... there is enough other evidence to ID this bird as Dusky Lark:
Giss - GST would be much more upright
Bill - GST's bill is substantially longer
Eyebrow - GST's eyebrow does not extend all the way from the bill; DL's does.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:16 am

:lol: Thanks Richard, DD and JVR. It definitely wasn't a Groundscraper Thrush :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:31 pm

Definitely wasn't a "pipit" either! :twisted:
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:24 am

and these one... is it the same ?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:09 am

Hi Anne-Marie

From top to bottom:

3 - Dusky Lark (well done, not a common bird and you got some great shots of it!)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:28 am

thanks a lot DotDan :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:29 am

DotDan wrote:Hi Anne-Marie

From top to bottom:

3 - Dusky Lark (well done, not a common bird and you got some great shots of it!)

I agree!
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Re: Lark: Dusky

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:49 am

H14, February 2012.

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