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Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:09 pm

Hi Rookie & Lizet

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I think the birds in the background are common greenshanks. However, the one in front could well be a marsh sandpiper. MS are often to be found together with greenshanks. They have a long dark and skinny bill, long yellowish legs and are less bulky built the the greenshank.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:42 pm

I would agree with MS. The bill is finer and no sign of an upsweep.
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Sandpiper, Marsh

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:21 pm

Marsh SandPiper, Tringa stagnatilis, is one of the most elegant of waders, rather like a miniature Greenshank.

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Marsh Sandpipers are wary birds and usually hunt alone, but on rich feeding sites may gather in coordinated groups or they may join other waders. To hunt prey, they wade up to their bellies in shallow water, walking briskly and steadily, pecking off tidbits on the water surface, or sweeping around on the bottoms with their bills.

They often roost in large groups with other waders.

A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "cluster", "contradiction", "fling", and my personal favourite, a "time-step" of sandpipers.
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:39 pm

Hello Guys

Got a list of unknowns

I am trying to verify.

Two different locations and most pics worthy of the cutting floor

11: Unknown - WCNP
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:09 am

#11 - Marsh sandpiper (I'm only partly sure of this call...)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:14 pm

Thanks Johan

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