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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:18 pm 
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Is it possible for someone to ID this nightjar, although pic is showing the bottom side of the bird - roadkill!!! :evil:
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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Looks like a Female Fiery-Necked Nightjar Yolande :D Pity about the road kill :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rusty Justy wrote:
Looks like a Female Fiery-Necked Nightjar Yolande :D Pity about the road kill :evil:

Not going to burn my fingers on the nightjar. RJ, your IDs are usually pretty good but we're lacking some explanation here! :rtm: :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Eish, I'm not sure that Nightjar is very identifiable but I'm curious why you say Fiery-necked? I just thought the chest looks very grey for Fiery-necked which might point towards Rufous-cheeked. I'm saying "might" because I really can't see enough on the bird to ID it as anything and Fiery-necked would be the more likely candidate for that region.

I have to say that there are few things that irk me like seeing a Nightjar roadkill in Kruger (and I've seen disturbingly many). There is one reason and one reason only why a Nightjar would turn up dead on a KNP road and that is because someone was speeding on that road and seeing as Nightjars are typically active at night, chances are that it was a parks official who killed that bird.

If a visitor to a park had killed an animal or bird due to speeding I would want him to be barred from entry into any of the SANParks for the rest of his life. But what do you do when it's a park official? Aaarrrggghh!!!! :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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deefstes wrote:
I have to say that there are few things that irk me like seeing a Nightjar roadkill in Kruger (and I've seen disturbingly many). There is one reason and one reason only why a Nightjar would turn up dead on a KNP road and that is because someone was speeding on that road and seeing as Nightjars are typically active at night, chances are that it was a parks official who killed that bird.

If a visitor to a park had killed an animal or bird due to speeding I would want him to be barred from entry into any of the SANParks for the rest of his life. But what do you do when it's a park official? Aaarrrggghh!!!! :wall:


Thanks Deefstes, JoelR and RJ for the id's!
About the roadkill, my thought is that it is Sanpark staff. You should see those guys coming into Maroela camp at night to drop the people from the nightdrives! And in the Caracal threat I see people complaining about several caracal roadkills at Orpen too.
Overall, people are speeding far to much in Kruger. Take the dead lioncub roadkill this week for instance! These people should be asked to leave the park immediately!

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 Post subject: Nightjar, Fiery-necked
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This bird is a member of the nightjar family and as like all of its other brothers and cousins we have here in SA it is very hard to ID this species from its cousins and brothers :lol: The Key ID factor of this family is to look at the tail and wing feather patterns, this will generally give a lead as to what the bird is. One of the easiest ID points for this bird is its call. Resembling the words "Good lord deliver us" this bird produces one of the most familiar sounds of the bush.

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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Taken from Roberts Bird guide-


Feiry Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis)

Sexes-
Alike. Cryptic, with few distinctive features apart from broad rufous collaron hindneck. M- Wing and tail spots white. F- Less white on tail feathers. Juv- Wing and tail spots buffish.

Status- Common with resident and partial migrant populations.

Habitat- Favours well developed savana woodland.

Food- mainly nocturnal flying insects.

Call- very characteristic and distinctive "good lord deliver us" also a rapid wook, wook, wook....notes.

Breading- Monogamous. Eggs laid on ground, usually among leaf litter.

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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One of my best birds...hear them at night on the Table Mountain road...seem to be good numbers there, especially around the cleared plantation areas. Also good numbers of these birds in the WCNP. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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This is my favourite bird and yet i still dont have it on my life list :hmz:

But it is such a lovely bird!

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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ID is soo difficult...so BATMAD what I suggest is go to an area like the Cape where they are just about the only nightjar species present and you will have an easier time idiing it compared to say when in the KNP!

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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O-dog- in winterit is fairly easier to ID them as 3 of our nightjar species have migrated :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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....or just wait for winter then! :thumbs_up:
ps: its a good excuse to go to the Cape in Summer then!

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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BM, to wet you appetite!

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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Imax: Lekker pic with flash and no red-eye! Did you go on a nightdrive or what time of day did you take it?


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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Feiry Necked
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