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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:28 am 
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Thanks, Matt. I'd not realised that the spikeheeled lark had such a long bill.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Hi there, DotDan and WTM! :thumbs_up:

About all the Larks in the book would be lifers for me!

Here is another one - pics taken on a dirt road somewhere between Aggenys and Springbok.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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This one is a Spike Heeled Lark.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Correct on the spike heeled lark.


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 Post subject: Identification Help - LBJs
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Hi guys

Please assist me in an audit of my life list. Since I hopelessly failed the lark challenge on the ID quiz, let me start there:

Spike-heeled lark (MZNP), Nov 2012
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Thanks for the help

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks for the help so far.

Are we then happy with the ID on spike-heeled lark?

Me thinks I will rather look for simpler birds, larks are not my thing...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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[quote="MxM"]
Spike-heeled lark (MZNP), Nov 2012 Correct, rufus colour and cheeks, longish decurved bill, white throat.
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Comments above in Red :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hello Guys

Just came back from Tankwa, and got a few unknowns to tick off

LBJ 3
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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HiGilbertr14

3 - spike-heeled lark

Sure the big guns will be able to help more.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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MxM wrote:
HiGilbertr14

3 - spike-heeled lark

Sure the big guns will be able to help more.

John


Thanks MxM.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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A few confirmations below in red

[quote="Gilbertr14"]Hello Guys

Just came back from Tankwa, and got a few unknowns to tick off

LBJ 3 spike heeled lark
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 Post subject: Re: Lark, Spike-heeled
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Looking through this thread I find it amazing how often 'mites are bamboozled by this LBJ. Spike-heeled larks are common, near-endemic residents of the arid parts of southern Africa. It is fairly conspicuous with a long decurved bill, short dark tail tipped white, white throat and rufous belly and is unlikely to be confused with any other species of lark.

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This one was seen in Suikerbasrand NR.

Although the species exhibits substantial differences in size and plumage, (linked to soil colour and vegetation density) with more than 20 subspecies proposed (Roberts VII lists nine subspecies for the southern African region), the distinguishing features referred to above remain key for all. ‘mites new to birding will do well to imprint the key features as it is a lark that they will often see.

The Spike-heeled Lark occurs in the widest range of climatic conditions of any southern African lark species, from the very arid gravel plains of the Namib Desert, through to high-rainfall grasslands of the highveld and KZN.

It mainly eats invertebrates and seeds, doing most of its foraging in the ground, plucking food from the soil surface or from the bases of grasses and forbs. Interestingly it has been observed to often look for food around rodent burrows.

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