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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:45 pm

Well done Micetta :clap:
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I will post more herons and egrets later

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:20 am

The next few pics should almost cover the family
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1. The Squacco heron on the "Bird Index" Here
2. The Black crowned night heron on the "Bird Index" Here
3. The Juvenile black crowned night heron on the "Bird Index" Here
4. The Dwarf Bittern on the "Bird Index" Here
5. The Great egret on the "Bird Index" Here
6. The Goliath Heron on the "Bird Index" Here

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby big5spotter » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:45 am

Ok lets give it a try!
1-Not sure but think its a purpel heron
2-Blackcrowned night heron
3-Juvenile Blackcrowned night heron
4-Not sure rail heron
5-Greenback heron
6-Great white egret
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:03 pm

1. Squacco heron (it should have yellow legs and a blac tip of the bill)
2. Black crowned night heron
3. Juvenile black crowned heron
4. Green backed heron (cannot see any green though)
5. Great egret (yellow billed has not all black legs)
6. Goliath Heron

The species of this family are so different that it is not very difficult when you have comparison material. So it did not take the whole day :wink:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:18 pm

Hi B5S
1 this one is smaller than 50cm and the colour on the wings are a give away
4 smaller than 30cm

Micetta with the speed you are doing this you will be teaching soon
Have a look at the nr4 photo well done on 2+3 I thought the juvenile will catch you

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:56 pm

By exclusion I have come to the result that it is or an in between of 2 and three or a juvenile squacco which has a dark bluish colour. It cannot be a juvenile green backed because the bill is shorter and more stout. I have only found one photo of a juvenile squacco and only the different colour is seen.
It would be logical to opt for the Squacco as it looks very young (the bill) and if a black crowned it should have another colour. Does this make sense?

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:44 pm

Here is some help with #4
Size +- 30cm
Upperparts greyish-black
Lower mandible and lores greenish-yellow or bluish
Status-uncommon br intra-african migrant OCT-APR
Usually solitary and partly nocturnal
The best clue is the size

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:17 pm

Dwarf bittern?

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:24 pm

:thumbs_up: :clap:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:22 pm

Sparks sorry for not replying on your PM but my connection is very slow
I will post the photos you suggested maybe you can do some of the descriptions I am a bit slow on the keyboard :redface:
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Read more about:

1. The European roller on the "Bird Index" Here
2. The Lilac breasted roller on the "Bird Index" Here
3. The Purple roller on the "Bird Index" Here
4. The Broad billed roller on the "Bird Index" Here
5. The Southern Carmine Bee-eater on the "Bird Index" Here
6. The White fronted Bee-eater on the "Bird Index" Here
7. The Little Bee-eater on the "Bird Index" Here
8. The Swallow tailed Bee-eater on the "Bird Index" Here

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:15 pm

1. European roller (turquoise with dark blue wing tips and beige back)
2. Lilac breasted roller
3. Purple roller (white eyebrow and white stripes on the breast)
4. Broad billed roller (yellow bill)
5. Southern Carmite Bee-eater (black mask, green cap and carmine breast)
6. White fronted Bee-eater
7. Little Bee-eater(black mask, yellow throat, orange breast)
8. Swallow tailed Bee-eater (light blue swallow shaped tail)

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby JustNature » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:17 am

Micetta wrote:1. European roller (turquoise with dark blue wing tips and beige back)
2. Lilac breasted roller
3. Purple roller (white eyebrow and white stripes on the breast)
4. Broad billed roller (yellow bill)
5. Southern Carmite Bee-eater (black mask, green cap and carmine breast)
6. White fronted Bee-eater
7. Little Bee-eater(black mask, yellow throat, orange breast)
8. Swallow tailed Bee-eater (light blue swallow shaped tail)
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Tend to agree to all here so I wont post them all again :twisted:
Roberst name for the first is Eurasain Roller???
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby ivan » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:59 pm

Well done Micetta :clap:
Where are the rest of the ducklings? :huh:

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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sparks » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:53 am

The rollers are medium sized brightly colored birds that hawk prey from perches. Diet mainly consists of insects, lizards, and small animals (rodents) with the rackettailed limiting itself to insects and the broadbilled adding young birds to its diet as well. Of the five in the region the european is a non breeding migrant while the broadbilled is an intra African breeding migrant. some broadbilled rollers are spotted in the winter but these are thought to be non breeding visitors from madagaskar. The remaining three are classified as resident and breed during the summer in natural holes in trees and old woodpecker nests.
Both male and female are alike so this is one group that you do not have to worry about niggly little differences, just enjoy.
The lilac-breasted (dinky bird :wink: ) and the european rollers are of the easiest to spotand the rackettailed one of the more difficult ones prefering dense woodland and perching on a branch below the canopy.Distribution is also limited to the far northern regions of Kruger.

The rollers get their name from the breeding display flights that include rolling and looping.
The afrikaans name for the broadbilled is probably an easier way to id the bird, geelbek troupant(yellow billed roller).
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Re: Birding school for ducklings.

Unread postby Sparks » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:58 am

Just a quick "test" on the previous group. Can you id this one? and no it is not a stiffneck :lol:
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The Green-Backed Heron on the "Bird Index" Here
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