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Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:41 pm

I have 4 more, please :D

No. 4 Sandpipper ? 15.11 around Berg-en-Dale
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:20 pm

anne-marie wrote:No. 4 Sandpipper ? 15.11 around Berg-en-Dale
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Not a sandpiper but a beautiful pair of Greater Painted-Snipe. Very special birds indeed and not readily seen. As a matter of interest, the Painted-Snipe shows a sort of role reversal when it comes to the sexes as compared to most other birds. The more boldly coloured bird (the one on the left) is the female while the more drab looking bird is the male. The males are also the ones that incubate the eggs and, unlike so many other species in the animal kingdom they are actually polyandrous - meaning that one female will breed with 2 to 4 males. Beautiful picture of two very nice birds!
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:11 pm

Seen yesterday at the Kgomo-Kgomo floodplain. More photos in Stiffnecks outings report.

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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:04 pm

Seen on the Shongololo Loop near Mopani, just below a Little Bittern :dance:

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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby JenB » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:13 pm

Not fair! :twisted:
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:55 am

I really really want to see this bird.
I was going through some photos from my India trip (two years) earlier this week and came across a photo of a Painted Snipe! So I have actually seen one, but I can't tick it :(
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby TrevorC » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:54 pm

Josh - I think this calls for a trip to Kgomo-Kgomo or Marievale at some stage soon :hmz:
I have also never seen one of these and has been on my wishlist for ages.

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Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:00 pm

Sounds good :)
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby francoisd » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:58 pm

On 2011/03/03 we found a male attending to 4 chicks on the Orpen dam road.
It was were the N'waswitsontso river crosses the road. Travelling from the Satara side they were on the right.

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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:42 am

Seen at Ljiersdraai waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 3rd Jan this year.

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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby JenB » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:51 am

Wow wanderw! :clap: :clap:
That's quite a spot for KTP, ain't it?
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:45 pm

@JenB - A first for us! :dance: Everyone we told about this sighting seemed very surprised, so yes, I think it is quite a spot for KTP! :thumbs_up: (Trevor also included it in his 'Rare Birds Report')
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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby JenB » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:53 pm

Congrats! :dance:
My word, I was expecting to at least see some greenery in the pic but you found it at a mud puddle!
Great sighting!! :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Jumbo » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:27 am

@ Wanderw…wow, that is quite amazing!!! :shock: :mrgreen:

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Re: Snipe: Greater Painted

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:08 pm

I got my best view ever of a Greater Painted Snipe while dipping on the Marievale Baillon's crake this morning.

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This young female allowed full-frame views!

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