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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:03 pm 
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Mel123, I think you are spot on with your ID's.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:20 pm 
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Number 1 I don't think is an Eastern Long-billed Lark, which are a much lighter brown and much more plainly marked than this bird. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but if I had to take a stab at it I would say its also a Spike-heeled Lark.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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You can repeat MattAxel's reply verbatim as my view... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks everybody - I appreciate it a lot! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Good evening

In late June this year I visited Secunda and photographed this lark like bird some distance away. I have been trying to ID it, and have finally decided on Flappet Lark given the white throat and rufous belly, but I have managed on many occasions to have decided on an ID only to have one of the experts point out a detail I have missed! I am always grateful for this as from every error I learn.

Is this a Fappet Lark?

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Pete

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:42 am 
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Hi pnm, I'm not an expert on larks by any means but this looks more like a Spike-heeled lark than a Flappet lark to me.
The billshape looks wrong for Flappet.
Have a look at the two species' bills and see what you think? :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I would agree with Spike Heeled Lark


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I would also agree with Mel123 and Dotdan


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Hi mel123, DotDan and Ladybirder - thanks for the help. I have looked again carefully and agree with the Spike-heeled Lark. I didn't look closley enough at the bill. Thanks for the help.

Pete in a very cold and wet Paarl

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 Post subject: Ex-Identification Help - General Birds
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Another lark that I'm not 100% sure about. I'm thinking that this is an eastern longbilled lark? Seen at Mokala in late October 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Anyone??? :pray:
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Another lark that I'm not 100% sure about. I'm thinking that this is an eastern longbilled lark? Seen at Mokala in late October 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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@ Arks

Its a toss up between spike heeled and eastern long billed.

How big was it?

Spike heeled is sparrow sized and long billed is about thrush sized.

I'm thinking spike heeled, as the belly is quite rufus.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks, adrian :thumbs_up: It's hard to remember size three months after, but here's the uncropped image. From this, I'd think that it's more thrush sized than sparrow?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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This one has me stymied :wall: To me it looks most like a longbilled lark, but those don't occur in KTP :wall: Seen near Auchterlonie on 9 November 2012.

I must also apologise for the weird colour in these pix, as my camera setting was inadvertently (I have NO idea how this happened) changed to tungsten, so everything is blueish :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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@arks yours is a Spike-heeled Lark. Note the combination of a long, decurved bill, and short, white-tipped tail.


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