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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:28 am

Thanks, Matt. I'd not realised that the spikeheeled lark had such a long bill.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:54 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:51 pm

This one is a Spike Heeled Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:57 pm

Agree.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:18 am

Correct on the spike heeled lark.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MxM » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:18 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MxM » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:51 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:33 pm

[quote="MxM"]
Spike-heeled lark (MZNP), Nov 2012 Correct, rufus colour and cheeks, longish decurved bill, white throat.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Hello Guys

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

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MxM » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:54 pm

HiGilbertr14

3 - spike-heeled lark

Sure the big guns will be able to help more.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:04 pm

MxM wrote:HiGilbertr14

3 - spike-heeled lark

Sure the big guns will be able to help more.

John


Thanks MxM.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:15 pm

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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Re: Lark, Spike-heeled

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:34 am

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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