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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Hi Jen, I'm here :redface: but my book is very old :( Perhaps Micetta can share here "means" with me :wink:

:clap: Well Done Micetta :clap: :clap:

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Regardless of the means you have at your disposal the fact that you are researching them is actually teaching you and subcontiously laying the foundation for future id.

Grannyb, Your book might be old but the birds are the same as the ones in the old book. I know they keep on changing the names of the birds but in all fairness I can remember looking at plovers and now the clever guys tell me it is a lapwing, problem, it is the same kiewiet that I saw as a youngster :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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The rollers are medium sized brightly colored birds that hawk prey from perches. Diet mainly consists of insects, lizards, and small animals (rodents) with the rackettailed limiting itself to insects and the broadbilled adding young birds to its diet as well. Of the five in the region the european is a non breeding migrant while the broadbilled is an intra African breeding migrant. some broadbilled rollers are spotted in the winter but these are thought to be non breeding visitors from madagaskar. The remaining three are classified as resident and breed during the summer in natural holes in trees and old woodpecker nests.
Both male and female are alike so this is one group that you do not have to worry about niggly little differences, just enjoy.
The lilac-breasted (dinky bird :wink: ) and the european rollers are of the easiest to spotand the rackettailed one of the more difficult ones prefering dense woodland and perching on a branch below the canopy.Distribution is also limited to the far northern regions of Kruger.

The rollers get their name from the breeding display flights that include rolling and looping.
The afrikaans name for the broadbilled is probably an easier way to id the bird, geelbek troupant(yellow billed roller).

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Just a quick "test" on the previous group. Can you id this one? and no it is not a stiffneck :lol:
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Sparks thank you so much! This is so much better than a book :dance: :dance: and it is personalize :wink:

Now I shall go and study :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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If it did not have the long neck, it could look a bit like a juvenile green backed heron with too much white here and there, but as it has the long neck............... :doh: don't know :huh: Genetic modification? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Sparks, Thanks very much for your efforts. At the moment I still feel like an egg still got to get to the Duckling stage :lol:

Little Heron (Butorides striatus) ?

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:twisted: This was a nasty one to throw in the mix. The herons, egrets and bitterns are characterised by their long legs, long pointed bills and long necks.
Micetta you were right in shooting for a juvie green backed heron. When I first saw this bird my immediate train of thought went for bittern as the long neck also threw me off track but we were lucky to be able to photograph and study it for a while.
While the larger cousins regularly extend their long necks and under normal circumstances show the caracteristic S shape, the smaller herons tend to crouch up and it looks as if they had a short neck. An interesting tidbit about the green-backed heron is that the eyes and legs turn orange during the mating season so if you see one with what seems like bloodshot eyes you know why it has not slept well :D
All birds in this group fly with their heads tucked into their shoulders and this makes them easy to distinguish from similar types of birds, they all have long feathers on their backs and chests during the breeding season.

grannyb there is no such ting as feeling like an egg, life it self, is a learning experience. In the company of the heavy duty twitchers I am a complete novice and when asked how many birds on my life list my answer is "yes". To me birding is relaxation and pleasure and just enjoying their antics is more than enough reward. If I can share the pleasure that I have gotten from birding it is well worth the effort :thumbs_up:

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Ideas on these handsome fellows?
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Hi

1)Wattled plover
2)White crowned plover
3)Lesser blackwinhed plover

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I will be out the whole morning but this afternoon I shall put my ideas on paper :D I have copied and pated the pics, so I do not see any answers from others. :roll:


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1. African wattled lapwing (wattled and beige all over)
2. White crowned lapwing (wattled with white “crown”, beige back, white
breast)
3. Senegal lapwing (Without wattles, white spot just over the bill, white
breasted and the rest beige)

All three have black tipped wings.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Lets see if the ducklings know their family
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