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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:46 pm 
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My husband is the photographer. It was taken in Dec 2009 and the start of our birding madness, why the funny crop, havent got a clue. I thought it is easier to ID, but we might have another image on the CD somewhere and will post when we find it. This time with a proper crop. Here is the full image, uncropped. Al his photos are now kept on a 2 TB portable HD when we travel, so it wld have been easier to find. Thanks for your time.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Date puts my mind at ease as SF is a summer visitor to SA. Thanks for the new pic, spotted flycatcher now easy to ID.

With such good quality pix, you should always show as much of the bird as possible. Bill shape and size play a major role in the bird ID game. Patterns on the back and tail also give vital clues...

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The indistinct streaking of the crown and forehead as well as the inconspicuous breast streaking points to the SF but what worries me is the white edges of the primary feathers. The GF is the only one with such coloured feathers. To see the fanned (or not) tail will help.

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Thanks Johan, Rooies and DotDan. Herewith the other image, hopefully better cropped but not the back, tail etc.
From this we gather it can be the Spotted, Does this bring clarity or not.

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Now I am convinced. It's a Spotted Flycatcher. Thanks Apus for your contribution and Johan for your expert opinion (as always)

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Rooies wrote:
what worries me is the white edges of the primary feathers.


Those white edges are indication of heavy feather wear, exactly what you can expect of a SF soon after arriving in SA from as far afield as Scandinavia.

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Tnx guys, appreciated. :)


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