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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:37 pm 
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Let's see what the other guy's (& dolls) say.

Sabota lark - not sure here.

The colouration makes me doubt.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:37 am 
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The bird seen at Lower Sabie is probably a Rattling Cisticola, unfortunately difficult to make accurate ID because the bird was probably wet which makes it hard to see all the feautures.. but based on how it is sitting on top of a bush screaming his lungs out, points to Rattling Cisticola.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Hello all

Cisticolas drive me crazy. I got my first ever - the Levaillant's- and ever since then I have managed to ID lots, but got all the IDs wrong! So I am here to ask the fundis to see if my suggestion is reasonable.

I have spent about a week trying all permutations (I don't just put a bird on and just ask for ID - that is no way to learn and anyway defeats the fun of hunting through the books).

I was at Ndumo two weeks ago and got these three photos of the same bird - but like all birds it was not cooperative.

I am going for Rattling Cisticola based based on the fact that it is in the right area (and Levaillant's - my first thought - is just extralimital in Ndumo), has the right coloured head , has the mottled greyish brown back (as noted in Roberts) without the clear rufous wing panel of the Levaillants.

If I am wrong - so be it! If it cannot be ID becaseub the hptos atre too unclear i won't be hurt if you say so.

I like cisticolas; they just drive me cray, that 's all!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I agree with your Rattling Cisticola id. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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:thumbs_up: on both.


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 Post subject: Identification Help - LBJs
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Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.

2 ??
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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KobusF wrote:
Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.


The second bird was photographed at the most challenging angle for cisticola ID, but Rattling is the most probable candidate.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks for the id on my lbj Johan i am looking for that earier post on diagnostic views of cisticola tails so that i can learn.

Also thanks wildtuinman for your confirmation.

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 Post subject: Identification Help - LBJs
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Shot this bird in Ndumo last week and am unable to ID it. Perhaps you guys & ladies can assist?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Huntsman, this bird is a rattling cisticola.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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WOW!

Thank you very much, Johan!

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 Post subject: Identification Help - LBJs
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Here are several birds that I am struggling with. I have an idea for three of them but may be well off base. Any assistance is appreciated...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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huntsman wrote:
Here are several birds that I am struggling with. I have an idea for three of them but may be well off base. Any assistance is appreciated...

huntsman, can you perhaps tell us where and when you saw these birds, location and time of year are helpful information needed for ID.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Good point, arks -

1. Ndumo - Oct

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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That helped!

#1 - Very young rattling cisticola: bill shape and size

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