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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:57 am 
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Thanks everyone for your contributions.

Please post any photos which you may have here in this topic. Also record your sighting dates and locations of the bird here.

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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Hell but this is interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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Wow - I had a lovely discussion with a lady I met in the bird hide at Lake Panic at around 13h30 on the 1st October - I could not conclusively decide what this bird was .... :big_eyes: and felt quite dumbstruck :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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The current thinking on the identification of this Lapwing from the coordinator of the SA Rare Bird Panel and those he's discussed it with is as follows:

"Lastly, although not a rarity, it is still particularly interesting. A rather bizarre lapwing was recorded at the low water bridge over the Sabie River just outside Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday. It does not fit any known Vanellus Lapwing and current thinking is that it is possibly either a BLACKSMITH X WHITE-CROWNED LAPWING hybrid or a bizarrely aberrant WHITE-CROWNED LAPWING. Have a look at some submitted photos below and see for yourself…"

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Strange Lapwing near Skukuza
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Strange Lapwing near Skukuza
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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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WOW I'm glad I found this thread. I saw a white lapwing @ Lake Panic on the 4 September this year but I couldn't believe it. Thought I was going a little crazy! Unfortunatly to far a way to photograph. :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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We were lucky enough to visit KNP from 3-5 December. Having read this thread before that - I specifically kept an eye open for this interesting Lapwing at Lake Panic. But it seemed he/she was not around anymore.

On 4 December, we headed North towards Tshokwane - and sure enough - spotted this Lapwing at Leeupan! Pretty sure it has to be either exactly the same one (most likely) or another of it's kind.

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I snapped away - to bring some more pics of this lapwing to this thread - hope this will help...

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The only other Lapwing we spotted in the area was a Blacksmith Lapwing. They were not together all the time though.

It seems he/she's moved on quite a bit... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I saw this lapwing on the Sabie river low level bridge near Skukuza recently. It might be leucistic. Any thoughts?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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There was a bit of discussion about this particular bird that has been seen on and off in the Skukuza area since October. See this thread:
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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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I saw the lapwing at the Sabie low level bridge near Skukuza on 27 Jan 2011 at about 15:30. It was by itself although there was a group of Blacksmith Lapwings nearby. It seemed bigger than the BL. General giss reminded me of a Whitecrowned Lapwing.

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I was trying to get a wing and tail view, but this was as much as I got.
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Fascinating indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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I would have to go with a leucistic Blacksmith Lapwing. The dark orange-red eye indicates Blacksmith genes with pale upperwing coverts of the African Wattled Lapwing or maybe White-crowned Lapwing. But why no wattles or large spurs seen on photos? Are the Blacksmith genetics stronger in order to eliminate possible wattles?

Attention, attention!! After consulting the large Roberts and looking under Spur-winged Lapwing, what are the chances this is a leucistic Spur-winged Vanellus spinosus? The Spur-winged Lapwing matches the posture, upperwing covert colours, eye colour as well as the area where the black starts on the belly of all these photos submitted. The submitted photos also show black on the forehead, in front of the crown, the Spur-winged Lapwing is the only species that has black colouration on the whole crown and forehead?? Come on I believe this is a long shot, but consider!
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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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Just looking at these pics.

is this not two different birds?
Bushbuddies - closer to blacksmithx?? or else Leucistic ??

Wildwings bird could be a Leucistic Spur Winged Plover

Maybe this is just complicating things now, not sure?


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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ross hawkins wrote:
Just looking at these pics.

is this not two different birds?
Bushbuddies - closer to blacksmithx?? or else Leucistic ??

Wildwings bird could be a Leucistic Spur Winged Plover

Maybe this is just complicating things now, not sure?

The plumage of the birds photographed by bushbuddies do look different (not considering colour) from wildwings, but CAN such changes (especially black on crown and belly) take place from juv. to adult in just over a month (Dec. to Jan.)?

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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Saw the lapwing again on 9 Feb at 15:15 at the low level bridge. This time it was among the Blacksmith lapwings. Seeing them among the BLs made me realise the size-difference is not as distinct as I initially thought. One BL acted slightly hostile to it as it chased it briefly, after which the lapwing moved away to one side. I went back there again a couple of days later in the mornings, but didn't see it again.
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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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This thread has run dry a bit, but just to let you know I saw the lapwing again on 13 December 2011 at Lake Panic.

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing
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I saw the same bird at Lake Panic on 9th December 2011. I have attached a link to a photo here which shows what appear to be yellow wattles at the corner of the eyes. My trusty guide thinks it may be a leucistic blacksmith as it was amongst them, but there still appears to be no concensus.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72149693@N02/6515772633/


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