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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby JenB » Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:27 pm

Micetta wrote:Jen we must find another way :roll: If all the smart ones tell us what it is..... :evil:

Oi, Micetta. :?
I thought you can learn from one another that's why I made it an "open answer" thread. If you know what it is then post it, if you don't and someone else answers you can go and check up. :wink:
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:55 pm

:hmz:
OK, I suppose it is the only feasible way. After all it is not a question of life or death. The last of the class (me) is not going to learn much :idea: that is if I do not copy the photo and only go on the thread when I have a more or less secure and convincing answer :D

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:17 pm

Just to make sure veryone knows, the first picture i posted is f a White Browed Robin chat 8)
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sparks » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:06 am

Allow me to throw in one:-

This bird is one of the common birds in Kruger and can be seen hopping about at picnic sites and in the rest camps. They are not shy or elusive and will show themselves freely. They are quite noisy and can be heard over a long distance with a caracteristic call.
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To help in identifying this bird firstly look at the general shape and posture of the bird. As with most birds the bill shape and size is the next focus point.
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Next step would be to look at features that makes it different to other birds in the same family like color, size and other identifying features.
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:02 am

Southern yellow- billed hornbill ? It is the only hornbill that has the red spots, spotted feathers and a nice yellow bill. :D

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:36 pm

Here is a easy one for the ducklings

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:57 pm

Well, that is easy, grey heron?

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sparks » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:33 pm

Micetta wrote:Southern yellow- billed hornbill ? It is the only hornbill that has the red spots, spotted feathers and a nice yellow bill. :D


"Spot" on
The yellow bill is diagnostic with the male having a larger ridge on the bill than the female while the youngsters have dusky patches on the bill. It is these little trivia bits that take birding to a different level and often the only way to positively id a bird.

Here are a few of their cousins see how you do with their id. All pics were taken in Kruger.
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See if you can determine whether it is a male or female or even a juvenile

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1. The Red billed hornbill on the "Bird Index" Here
2. The African grey hornbill on the "Bird Index" Here
3. The Trumpeter hornbill on the "Bird Index" Here
4. The Southern ground hornbill on the "Bird Index" [http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=308] Here [/url]
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:36 pm

Thank you Sparks! :D

1. Red billed hornbill –
2. African grey hornbill
3. Trumpeter hornbill
4. Southern ground hornbill
See if you can determine whether it is a male or female or even a juvenile
This will take a little longer - Of the three southern ground-hornbills the one in the middle is a juvenule, as it has not yet develloped the red markings?
I'll come back with the rest, maybe, when I find out where to go and fetch it :D

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:58 pm

The grey hornbill is a male - white patch on the upper part of the bill.

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:26 pm

Micetta wrote:Well, that is easy, grey heron?

:clap: :clap:
Here is a few more maybe if we take it group by group it will help?
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1. The Black headed heron on the "Bird Index" Here
2. The Purple heron on the "Bird Index" Here
3. The Little egret on the "Bird Index" Here
4. The Cattle egret on the "Bird Index" Here

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:29 pm

Here is a few more maybe if we take it group by group it will help?
Excellent idea thank you :) Now I have hornbills and herons :D

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:41 pm

#3 - Great Egret (breeding) ??
#4 - Cattle Egret (breeding) ??
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sparks » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:42 pm

Micetta wrote:The grey hornbill is a male - white patch on the upper part of the bill.

Another easy way to tell them apart is the female has a red tip as if she is wearing lipstick. The grey is the only small horn bill with a dark bill and a creamy stripe on it. Juveniles are similar to adults but with slightly smaller bills
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:42 pm

1. Black headed heron
2. Purple heron
3. Little egret
4. Cattle egret (young, the bill is not yellow?)


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