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Martin: Rock

Unread postby francoisd » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:40 am

Rock Martin (Hirundo fuligula)

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This one was photograped ontop of the light outside the ablution facilities in Mountain Zebra National Park. Note the white tail spot.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:02 am

These birds seem more common in winter, perhaps because they are one of the few martins/swallows around then. :lol:
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Re: Rock Martin

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:19 pm

saw mine in golden gate and around a local shoping centre.
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Re: Rock Martin

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:43 pm

Hadn't seen these guys around for a while :)

Saw one at Centurion Lake when twitching the Franklin's Gull, and Two yesterday at a garage on the way to Nylstroom.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:04 am

Since I am here, can I ask for a few more?

These were all seen at the Blyde River Canyon resort in September.

1. Seems like a swallow to me
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:58 pm

Hi Darth,

1. Rock Martin.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:30 am

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Re: Martin: Rock

Unread postby Jumbo » Sat May 01, 2010 10:27 am

Got this one at Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary. Not the best photo (awful rainy weather :( ) but at least one can clearly see the white tail spots.

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Re: Martin: Rock

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon May 03, 2010 10:47 am

Well captured anyway, these guys are fast! :clap:
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Re: Martin: Rock

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon May 03, 2010 2:57 pm

Thanks RJ. Yip, they are indeed fast…I was just lucky to get this one.
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Re: Martin: Rock

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue May 04, 2010 10:06 am

Thanks very much Jumbo, I would never have found the thread! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pnm » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:57 pm

I'm afraid I am stuck again. Yesterday evening at the corner near my home in Paarl a nest of termites was on the move attracting large number of birds, mainly Greater Striped Swallow that were having a grand feed. However, in among them landed this brown one. I immediately assumed it was a juvenile but now looking at the description of the juvenile in Roberts and the photo in Sinclair it appears to be another totally different species. After my disaster with the European Starling I am hesitating to guess but I still believe it is only fair to have a go at identifying rather than simply expecting someone else to ID.

So not a Greater Swallow juvenile. The nearest thing I can get in the pictures of Roberts is a Martin of some sort. Itcould be a Rock martin given the light throat (throat and breast pinkish cinnamon according to Roberts). Do I stick my neck out and guess Rock martin - in the middle of a pavement in Paarl? The area is close to farms and Roberts does list it as being around suburban buildings. As I simply assumed it was a juvenile Greater Striped I didn't bother with too many photos. That will teach me.

So what do the fundis say? Again, thanks in a dvance for the help. I cannot overstress the helpfulness of this forum.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi Pete,

Have a look at Rock martin and see if you agree with this one for your bird?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pnm » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:54 pm

Hi Barcud

Thanks for the quick response. As I say I always like to try and identify the bird myself and have an informed guess (or rather try - guess sounds as if I didn't try very hard to id the bird myself) and in my message my guess (try) was for Rock Martin based on the description of the throat colouring as described in Roberts and the picture in Sasol. I would gladly settle for Rock Martin as it would be a lifer for me. Can anyone confirm for me, please?

All swifts and martins are very new to me.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:37 pm

Hi Pete,

I meant to write:-

Have another look at Rock martin and see if you agree with this one for your bird?

It is a Rock Martin, I meant for you to have another, closer look at your initial guess, but did not word my reply very well. I have seen these birds in Paarl (Sewage works) and at WCNP.


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