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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:48 am 
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OK thanks Johan.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Juv red-backed shrike, CV


Thanks Johan. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I'm a little bit late BB. Thanks for the ID of the juvenile tawny eagle :thumbs_up: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:04 pm 
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Hi, Could you please ID this bird for me.

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I know it is a bee-eater, possibly a Little bee-eater, but the colouring doesn't match my book.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It would help with ID if you could please tell us where and when you saw this bee eater?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It is a juvenile blue-cheeked bee-eater. As it matures its colours will gradually intensify into its adult patterns and it will grow tail streamers.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:52 pm 
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Thanks for your help.

I actually saw the bird near the Botswana border in the Madikwe Game Reserve in early January. I realise it is not a SANParks reserve, but as the title of the section is 'Birding in South Africa' I assumed it would be o/k to post the inquiry.

If I was wrong in my assumption I will go and stand in the corner.

Thanks for the ID Johan. I have never actually seen this particular bee-eater in the Kruger Park, where I spend 3 weeks in Nov/Dec, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Bondm, you are 100% correct in posting your ID query here. :thumbs_up:

The "Birding in Southern Africa" thread is meant for the purpose of identifying and discussing birds across the area of Southern Africa ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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bondm wrote:
... the title of the section is 'Birding in South Africa' I assumed it would be o/k to post the inquiry.

If I was wrong in my assumption I will go and stand in the corner.


You are not deserving the penalty corner as yet, bondm. :lol: As DD said, this section is for birding SOUTHERN Africa


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I have never actually seen this particular bee-eater in the Kruger Park, where I spend 3 weeks in Nov/Dec, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.


They are difficult in KNP, mostly showing in inaccessible areas. They are sometimes seen in the most northern parts of KNP where they gather in small flocks, especially late in March or early April.

They are more common along the north coast of KZN and in the Northwest Province.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hello Guys,

Trying to ID these two, Think the one is an American Golden Plover and the other a Steppe Buzzard, although Honey Buzzard did cross my mind. Both Seen at WCNP this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I think you are correct on both counts Gilbert.

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Isn't that bill a little too heavy for Steppe Buzzard?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Unfortunately the pics can't give us a 100% indication, but I am also agreeing with your first ID (Great find BTW, very rare vagrants to our shores)

The second bird is not that easy, I am actually leaning more towards juvenile Jackal Buzzard (Based solely on the look of the bird)


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The plover looks like grey plover to me. The raptor detail is too sketchy for a call from me.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hello Johan

I think you may be right on the plover, now that I see him on the Sasol birds, Especially with the missing / light crown.

Also the underwing coverts are white and not black.

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