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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:02 pm

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One of the most spectacular display flights is that of the breeding male Long-tailed Widowbird Euplectes progne.
Because of its size and voluminous tail, you can easily see it at a distance as it patrols its territory in low flight with exagerated wing actions.
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:30 pm

My attempt to catch a flight photo of these guys.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:49 pm

Here is two more please. Also taken at Marievale.
This bird seems big when it comes flying nearer. It seems to me that the primary wings are longer than the tail. I've paged through my books again and again, but have no idea.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:44 am

Yolande, are these last 2 pictures of the same bird?

I would go with non breeding Long-tailed Widowbird.
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Unread postby Mads » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:49 pm

Hi everybody!! I have a friend living in Nossob in Kgalagadi... She needs identification on this birdie... She photographed it in her garden.... (How lucky can you be???) :shock: I had a quick look and think it should be a juvenile Whydah, any other ideas??? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:00 pm

The Tail thickness seems right for Male Pin-tailed Whydah, but the bill has to be red, and the facial markings are wrong (no moustach marking)

The next possibility is a male Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah, the facial markings and the pattern on the shoulders are right (and yes, I know they haven't been recorded in Nossob according to the fieldguides). There also has to be a humped feather by now. :huh: Still, I would say it's a LTPW.

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Unread postby Caracal » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:41 pm

I was just wondering whether it could be a Shaft-tailed Whydah.
If the bird is a Long-tailed Paradise Whydah then it is seriously lost because Nossob is well out of it's range.

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Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:20 am

Caracal, I considered STW but they have 3 very thin shafts, and red bill? :hmz:
Maybe they had very good rains? We had Pink-billed Lark once in the Kgalagadi.

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Unread postby Mads » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:27 am

Hi Lizet and Caracal!

At first I thought it could be shaft-tailed whydah... but went to check on the colour of the juvenile's bill... but another one that did not read the book!!!

Thanks for the trouble. Please read the thread I added about the white eye in Nossob.... Funny things seen this year!!!

I wonder if the rainfall or winds causes this.... :huh:
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Unread postby Caracal » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:44 am

Oh well I still am ....and always will be confused with these little birds :slap:
I will be in Nossob from 28th - 31st Dec...I shall look out for these "lost" birds. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby JOL » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:57 am

Hi guys ,

Very interesting photo Mads!

I know it is way out of range , but I'll have to back Lizet on the long-tailed paradise whydah! The plumage has much to warm brownish colouring in places (on the neck for instance) to be pin-tailed. Shaft-tailed whydah has a red bill , and this one seems to have a black one. A quick search gave this photo: http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/pho ... _0001.jpeg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" - looks right , don't you think? Any chance that you could upload this photo in a better quality , Mads?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Mads » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:26 am

Thanks Caracal and Jol!!

That is why I love the forum!! You can learn something every day!!

Caracal I have asked my friend to join us on the forum!! So hopefully.... Maybe you can meet with her while in Nossob??

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby nightjar » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:22 pm

Hi,

Can anyone help with an ID for this bird?
I admit it is a bit of a long shot as the image quality isn't great (it was raining at the time). Seen hopping around, bunting-like, at the side of the road at the junction of the H13-1 Punda Road and the main H1-8 on 5th January.

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Unread postby Barcud » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:55 pm

Hi Nighjar,

Looks like a female or juv male Pin-tailed Whydah - Stripes to the head, slight spotting reaching onto the breast and the buffy-yellow markings at the back of the stripes on the head. Bluish grey legs also a pointer. Bill should look paler than in your pic, but could be due to light conditions?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Niall » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:35 am

I would suggest it is more likely a female Long tailed Paradise Whydah, which has a black bill. Pin tailed or Shaft tailed show a pink to red bill.


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