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Longclaw: Cape

Unread postby Jay » Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:11 pm

Cape Longclaw
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It was taken in the West Coast national Park, there was actually a pair wandering around the car park at Geelbek.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:05 pm

Eich! :hmz:

It looks a lot different from the Orangethroated Longclaw I regularly see at Rietvlei Nature Reserve!

The body shape and size is a match. The colouring is a lot different!

But then maybe this one is a juvinile, maybe it is a little wet and maybe it is the angle of the photo? Got a nother photo?
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Unread postby Jay » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:20 pm

:lol: it is a very soggy bird, the colouring was actually "picture perfect" :wink: Unfortunately I don't have another pic, as a child yelling chased the bird just as I was about to take another :(

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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:31 am

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Is this the one you're talking about, proudly displaying its beautiful bright orange throat, Imberbe ?
We often visit Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Sunday mornings for a nice picnic and a drive around the reserve.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:48 pm

I'm sure Jay's pic is of a female and cybeR@NGER's one is of the male. Was at Rietvle this morning and saw plenty that looked like Jay's and even more that looked like cybeR@NGER's.

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Unread postby Jay » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:56 pm

nice pic cybeR@anger!
and I think you right Snoobab, my bird's markings were identical but slightly duller, helped along by the fact that it was very wet.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:53 pm


Yes! That's more like it! They are quite common around Rietvlei, see them often! :D

I just went through the Roberts Multimedia Program. They have quite a few photos of the duller example. (Though they do not indicate male / female). Their most colourful specimen definitely do not compare with the photo cybeR@NGER took. It thus seems that there is quite a diversity in this species.

They also mention that the female's throat is not as bright as that of the male. :wink:
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Longclaw

Unread postby Seahorse » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:52 pm

Yep, Orange throated Longclaw.
We also find them in the saltmarsh vegetation in Knysna.
They seem to like the marsh and have been fairly successfull in breeding here.
I saw a Grey Heron take one, probably female, from its nest not so long ago. Heard the little bird complain and started looking. Saw the Heron with screaming lunch in his beak just before it went down forever. First time I saw anything like that.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:57 am

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:57 am

Pleanty of them at Rietvlei in PTA..

Orangethroated (Cape) Longclaw
Macronyx capensis

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Habitat: Moist short grassland, vleis, seasonally flooded grassland.
Food: Insects, some grass seed.
Display: Rises to about 10m above ground, fluttering and singing then drops to grass again. They also sing from perches on low mounds or fences.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:02 am

Saw a whole bunch at Suikerbosrand on Saturday with JvR :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:27 pm

I'm guessing a Immature?

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:35 pm

Why is it called the Cape Longclaw, when I have seen them in more places on the Highveld than the one place I saw my only 3 in the Cape?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:38 pm

Is this a juv Cape Longclaw?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:58 pm

DB, I do not think it is juvenile. The juv. have a more yellow marking. This one is clearly orange. I think it is an adult.


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