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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Gary » Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:42 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Scottm » Sun May 13, 2012 12:23 pm

Any guidance on this bird, photographed in the Southern Free State in Early January?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Sun May 13, 2012 2:18 pm

That's a tough one Scottm, but it looks like it has white outer-tail feathers, so I'll go with African Pipit.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rookie » Tue May 15, 2012 9:18 pm

I was in Addo at the end of April and saw a number of LBJs which I would like help with.

I did manage to ID some of the birds, but the LBjs just drive me mad. :twisted:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Wed May 16, 2012 10:28 pm

A pipit, probably African pipit.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Maurice » Fri May 18, 2012 3:01 pm

Hello Bird addicts,

I'm struggling with your South African pipits :D

Not sure if the pipits belong in the LBJ's section, but if I posted this thread in the wrong section, I'll try to move it to the correct one.

My question is, are all the below posted birds African pipits (Anthus cinnamomeus) and if not, what are they then?

Thank you up front! More pipits and larks to come, but this was just the first selection (of one day)....
Pictures taken near Kimberley 2 weeks ago.

Bird 1;
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Bird 5;
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Bird6;
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Fri May 18, 2012 4:42 pm

Hi Maurice

Yes, they are all pipits :wall:

#1 is most likely either plain backed or buffy. These two species are hard to tell apart from photographs, but in the field, the behaviour is very diagnostic. Buffy pipit walks like a wagtail with sewing machine like bob and a very pronounced tail wag. Plain backed has a more "normal" walk, with a subtle downward push as a tail wag. A pity we don't take more video's.

#5 and #6 are African pipit.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri May 18, 2012 6:03 pm

Maurice wrote:I'm struggling with your South African pipits :D


Join he club Maurice :lol: Everyone struggles with the Pipits here!! :wall:

Maurice wrote:Not sure if the pipits belong in the LBJ's section, but if I posted this thread in the wrong section, I'll try to move it to the correct one.


Pipits definitely belong in the LBJ section. They are the ultimate LBJ!

As for your birds I can say #5 and #6 are definitely African Pipits.

I would say #1 is also African, because you can clearly see white outer-tail feathers in the picture of it in flight.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Maurice » Fri May 18, 2012 8:30 pm

Thank you both for the help you gave so far! Like I said, 've got more pipits in he rest of the days of my stay, that's going to be a struggle :mrgreen:

@ Adrianp: I can't remember any of the behaviour of the birds, so that's not going to be of any help...
@ MattAxel: I wanted to buy the LBJ's book, that I've seen at one of my birding friends house in SA, at the airport on my way out, but they didn't have it there. Luckily I could buy the photographic field guide, so I have to do it with that book and the latest Sasol B.O.S.A. If you mention LBJ's to me, I think of the cisticola's etc. But it's nice that I don't have to move the threat and that the pipits are at the right place :mrgreen:

Maurice (who's sorting out 12000 SA pictures, mainly of birds, I took in 10 days, 2 weeks ago :think: So there's more to come :lol: )

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Maurice » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:56 pm

Thank you for your help sorting these out!

And of course 2 more pipits :lol:

Bird 7 (my thought is African pipit)

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:55 am

The pipits look all like African to me..

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Maurice » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:34 pm

Thank you once more Lizet!

Thank you all for the help so far!!!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:16 pm

OK so here is another one. I think it is an African Pipit but would appreciate confirmation/correction. Many thanks.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:08 pm

I would say you are correct with African Pipit.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:45 pm

Many thanks DD.


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