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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:41 pm 
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I have 4 more, please :D

No. 4 Sandpipper ? 15.11 around Berg-en-Dale
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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Seen yesterday at the Kgomo-Kgomo floodplain. More photos in Stiffnecks outings report.

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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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Seen on the Shongololo Loop near Mopani, just below a Little Bittern :dance:

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

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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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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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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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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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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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Sounds good :)

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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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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.

Unfortunately to far for a decent photo even for TG with the 500mm lens on his camera.

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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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Seen at Ljiersdraai waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 3rd Jan this year.

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

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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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@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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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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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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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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@ Wanderw…wow, that is quite amazing!!! :shock: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Snipe: Greater Painted
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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!

Rostratula benghalensis is unusual amongst birds because the female is larger and more brightly coloured than the male who incubates the couples eggs and takes care of the chicks after hatching. After completing laying of the clutch of around 4 eggs, the female goes on to find another male to mate with.

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