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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:48 am 
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A bit tricky from the pic quality but I would say Yellow Throated Petronia.


I would certainly not go as specific... in fact, the only thing I can get from the pix is that it is a seedeater. Camera shake and OOF-problems have obliterated too much detail to but hazard a guess. With that short tail, I'll go more for a bishop or widowbird...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Please could someone help with this LBJ. Sorry about the photo but it was having a dust bath, so it the best I could do. I think it is one of the Lark's

We saw it in the Nshawu Dam area

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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It looks like an African pipit to me...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I am leaning towards Hilda's choice, although, what about a juvenile redback shrike, it also has a scaly type o pattern on the flanks, breast and neck.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
Snoobab wrote:
A bit tricky from the pic quality but I would say Yellow Throated Petronia.


I would certainly not go as specific... in fact, the only thing I can get from the pix is that it is a seedeater. Camera shake and OOF-problems have obliterated too much detail to but hazard a guess. With that short tail, I'll go more for a bishop or widowbird...

Thanks Snoobab and JvR. The pix were taken thru the windscreen, hence the poor quality. This one will just have to remain a "mystery bird" :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Not 100% sure on this one ... is it a female redbilled firefinch? Seen at Mapungubwe in late October 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Not female... rather juvenile RBFF: see the small white gape tubercle and grey eye ring (adult fem eye ring = yellow)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks JvR, :thumbs_up: yet again I am learning something new and useful :dance:

I saw quite a few different juveniles in late October/early November, many of them intriguingly baffling. Yesterday it took me quite some time to work out that what looked like "greenish louries", also seen at Mapungubwe, were in fact juvenile redfaced mousebirds 8) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Is this one also a juvenile RBFF? Or perhaps a female this time? While the eye ring appears to be grey, I don't see the white gape tubercle ... but that may be due to the angle of the photo?

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Thanks Johann. That is a lifer for us, so great.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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That eye ring is more yellow than grey, arks. Compare it with the previous shot and the difference is quite marked. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks Johan! I wasn't sure about the eye-ring colour as it's such a very pale yellow. Your help in pointing out the subtle differences is always much appreciated. :gflower:

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