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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby maretam » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:42 pm

I'd also say a Woodie..

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jaffles » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:50 pm

Thank you so much for your help :gflower:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:40 pm

At first I thought that this was a cattle egret, but then I noticed that the legs and feet are black, so now I'm not sure what it might be :hmz: I think that a juvenile cattle egret would also have a black/dark bill ... perhaps this is a 'transitional' stage? Seen in Darling in early January 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:00 am

I think it is a non-breeding adult Cattle Egret Arks. They have black legs and feet.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:03 pm

Interesting, Hilda, since both my field guides (Roberts, Newman) show the nonbreeding cattle egret with pale yellow legs ...... :hmz: And while the juvenile does have black legs and feet, it also has a black bill. Still, it makes sense that it should be some form of cattle egret, since there were masses of them roosting in the trees ovehanging the dam.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:44 pm

Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa has a picture of the non-breeding adult Cattle Egret almost exactly the same as your picture Arks, that's why I am almost sure. But let's wait for some of our real experts to ID this beautiful bird for you! I'm just a novice, trying my best. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:58 pm

Thanks Hilda :gflower: Here's hoping that one of our birding fundis will clarify for us :whistle:
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Unread postby Rooies » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:50 pm

Sasol, 3rd edition page 63 clearly shows the immature cattle egret with black legs and yellow beak.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:06 am

Anyone? :pray:
arks wrote:I really haven't a clue what this bird might be :wall: Possibly a juvenile weaver? Seen along Darling Hills Road in late November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:08 am

You are right, arks. You actually have a choice to make between the only two weavers that occur in the Darling area, Cape and southern masked-.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:21 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:You are right, arks. You actually have a choice to make between the only two weavers that occur in the Darling area, Cape and southern masked-.

Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:54 pm

arks wrote: Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:


Well... there is yet another "clue" ...eye colour...
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:37 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
arks wrote: Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:

Well... there is yet another "clue" ...eye colour...

OK ... my field guide (Roberts) says that the juvenile Cape weaver has brown eyes, but this one's eye actually looks like the white-ish eye of the male Cape weaver, so ... :idea: (it would seem that I'm missing some 'obvious' clues :redface: )
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:25 am

Is this one a female Klass's cuckoo? Seen in my garden in Darling in mid-January 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:33 am

Juvenile :thumbs_up:
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