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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:45 pm 
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Well done Micetta :clap:
Spookie we will sort you out before the next victory by the Cheetas
I will post more herons and egrets later


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Micetta wrote:
Thanks a million Starks, they are fascinating birds! :D

My pleasure, up to now my best bird guide is my S.O. so I am also learning

On the Trumpeter I would guess that it is a female as the "horn" on the bill is too small to be a male and the juvenile has almost no casque. Their call sounds like a baby crying.

The ground horn bill photo is a nice family portrait. The juvie is the middle one without facial color and brown plumage. The female has a blue/black patch on the throat skin where the male's is all red. Sadly these magnificent birds are threatened with extinction and various projects are underway to prevent this.

Birding is great fun and one of the best stress relievers I know. A very important point to consider when identifying a bird is the place where it was spotted. For instance the red billed and damara horn bill could easily be confused but fortunately their distribution overlaps only marginally in Namibia so in Kruger it must be the red billed.

Keep watching :thumbs_up:

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:thumbs_up: Am I learning! With teachers like you....... :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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The next few pics should almost cover the family
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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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The next few pics should almost cover the family
and my day :roll: :lol: Thank you!


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Ok lets give it a try!
1-Not sure but think its a purpel heron
2-Blackcrowned night heron
3-Juvenile Blackcrowned night heron
4-Not sure rail heron
5-Greenback heron
6-Great white egret

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Welcome to school, big5spotter! :clap:
:thumbs_up: on the horns.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Thanks JenB! :dance:

I bought a DSLR a few weeks back and since then I take note of birds much more than in the past!

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Ok lets give it a try!
1-Not sure but think its a purpel heron
2-Blackcrowned night heron
3-Juvenile Blackcrowned night heron
4-Not sure rail heron
5-Greenback heron
6-Great white egret


How many was correct?

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1. Squacco heron (it should have yellow legs and a blac tip of the bill)
2. Black crowned night heron
3. Juvenile black crowned heron
4. Green backed heron (cannot see any green though)
5. Great egret (yellow billed has not all black legs)

And goliath heron
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The species of this family are so different that it is not very difficult when you have comparison material. So it did not take the whole day :wink:


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Hi B5S
1 this one is smaller than 50cm and the colour on the wings are a give away
4 smaller than 30cm

Micetta with the speed you are doing this you will be teaching soon
Have a look at the nr4 photo well done on 2+3 I thought the juvenile will catch you


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Ok I looked nr 1 up again!
So I take it the rest was right except nr 1? :hmz:

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Sorry I have made a mess! No. 4 is still to do and my 4 and 5 are 5 and 6 :doh:

Coming up!


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Ok I looked nr 1 up again!
So I take it the rest was right except nr 1? :hmz:

Have a look at 1+4


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By exclusion I have come to the result that it is or an in between of 2 and three or a juvenile squacco which has a dark bluish colour. It cannot be a juvenile green backed because the bill is shorter and more stout. I have only found one photo of a juvenile squacco and only the different colour is seen.
It would be logical to opt for the Squacco as it looks very young (the bill) and if a black crowned it should have another colour. Does this make sense?


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Here is some help with #4
Size +- 30cm
Upperparts greyish-black
Lower mandible and lores greenish-yellow or bluish
Status-uncommon br intra-african migrant OCT-APR
Usually solitary and partly nocturnal
The best clue is the size


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