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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 pm

Blimey! You don't do it by halves do you?

African Reed Warbler for the little chap in the reeds.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:26 pm

Wow Maxwell, well that would be about 5 firsts for me (it is easy to get firsts when you are new to birding)! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:24 pm

A warbler but which one? Pics taken at Rietvleidam on Sunday 10 February.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby TrevorC » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:37 pm

I am no expert Naomi but I would lean towards Lesser Swamp Warbler :)
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:25 pm

Because of the indistinct buff eyebrow and short wings: African reed-warbler
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:51 pm

Thanks JVR :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MxM » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:27 pm

I am so excited, I think. :roll: Saw this at Marievale (Nigel) the weekend and now think it is a new warbler for me - is this a common white-throat? :pray:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:15 am

Hi MxM, lovely photos!

Unfortunately it is not a Common White-throat. They inhabita areas of bushveld thorn trees and shrubs such as Zaagkuildrift.

This looks like a Lesser Swamp-Warbler to me, but I cannot rule out African Reed-Warbler at this stage.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:53 am

I agree with WTM, about both comments, good pix and his ID. I want to add that I think the two pix are of different birds, the top one probably LSW(rich brown uppers, wing length), and the bottom one ARW (indistinct eyebrow)
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:34 am

I personally think both are African Reed-Warblers.. LSW would show at least a distinct eyebrow, that and I was at Marievale two weeks ago and the African Reed-Warblers were very vocal and all over the show.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:58 pm

You may very well be right, DD. The visual info on that first pic is a bit on the low side. The rich brown uppers and wing length is what made me choose LSW. In not all instances that I have observed this species were the eyebrow all that distinct. It often depends on the state of the birds plumage and the angle the light hits the subject.

I am at Marievale right now, and both species are vocal all over the show...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:52 pm

I am at home and dove into Faansie's LBJs... You were right, Daan. Both are ARWs
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:08 am

:thumbs_up:

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