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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:06 pm 
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Please can you help ID this bird:

Seen in Karoo NP on the 11 June this year, alone, flying between the chalets. I think 'chat' size. I thought perhaps a mountain chat/wheatear but the markings are different to pix in my bird books, or am I missing something here? :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Wanda,

You are correct with Mountain Whetear :thumbs_up:

Males are very variable and come in a combination of blacks, whites and greay, but all show the white shoulder patch and have a white rump.

Nice looking bird.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanx for your help Barcud! Much appreciated! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi all, please help me with the following birds. All shots were taken in the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. All have been quite heavily cropped.

Bird 2: Mountain Wheatear I think
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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Last set from Fish River Canyon

Bird 7 (no clue)
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Bird 8: Mountain Wheatear again? (sighting on a different day)
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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Josh, most of your ID's are correct.


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Josh, most of your ID's are correct, Bird 7 is also a Mountain Wheatear, some do not have the grey head and will be completely black like the one in your photo.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi
Is this perhaps a Mountain Wheatear (Grey form) ?
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That's him!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Tnx Maxwell


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 Post subject: Mountain Wheatear
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Is this Little Black Job a Mountain Wheatear (Mountain Chat)? Found in Karoo National Park

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I think it is :thumbs_up: , it's a male! (Oenanthe monticola)


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 Post subject: Wheatear, Mountain
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Mountain Wheatears, Oenanthe monticola, are resident to mountainous and rocky habitats, but they are often also found around man-made features like quarries and factory or mining sites. The name “wheatear” has nothing to do with wheat or ears. I have it as being a corruption of "white arse", a feature (the conspicuous white rump) which one sees as the bird hops along its territory, or flies away from you.

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The Mountain Wheatear is one of the few species in our region that displays distinct plumage forms. Only the male has different colour forms, and the observation above is of a worn grey morph. There is also the dark morph, which may or may not have a pale crown, which itself can be either white or grey and of varying size. The female is generally a dull dark brown colour.

They are insectivorous, monogamous and territorial.

The female is sole constructer of the nest, building a lined cup on an untidy foundation, normally in a cavity protected by significant structure, often re-using the same site if the breeding attempt turns out successful.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheatear, Mountain
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Here are 3 different variations that I have managed to capture :D

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Mountain Wheatear B&W by trevor.charters, on Flickr

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Mountain Wheatear Grey by trevor.charters, on Flickr

Rather surprisingly these birds are very common in my neigbourhood in Midrand far from any mountain - must be all the construction of new homes in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheatear, Mountain
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I am still amazed at the photos you get with that Mik en Druk Trevor :thumbs_up:


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