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Identification Help - General Birds

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Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:43 pm Unread post
Hi birders
I have this raptor taken in Kgalagadi in 2011
Not so clear for me for ID ?
Thanks for your help :thumbs_up:

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Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:17 am Unread post
Thank you Anne Marie, Gilbert and JvR. I will be looking up the wire tail and white throated swallows!


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Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:11 pm Unread post
Both these birds were seen in theKZN Midlands.

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Seen around a pan


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Forest margin Possibly Imm Steppe Buzzard or Forest Buzzard?


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Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:20 pm Unread post
Goronta, yours looks like a juvenile tawny eagle.

Sorry Sal, never birded in KZN.


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Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:30 pm Unread post
Sal, the little one seems to be a female :hmz: Whydah (Shaft-tailed) or Indigobird (Village)
but not sure at all :wink:


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Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:58 am Unread post
I need once again the help from the experts :lol:

Saw this little chap on the S120 (Steilberg) road in Kruger in February.

Could this be a juvenile Malachite sunbird???

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Thanks for your help here :gflower:


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Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:35 pm Unread post
salamanda wrote
Both these birds were seen in theKZN Midlands.

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Seen around a pan


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Forest margin Possibly Imm Steppe Buzzard or Forest Buzzard?


Just bumping this up. i think you are right A-M, but which :lol:


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Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:44 pm Unread post
Definitely not malachite Pumbaa.

But it doesn't look anything like its parents, so it is rather difficult.

My guess would be juvenile scarlet chested or white bellied.


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Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:03 pm Unread post
Definitely not an expert Pumbaa but what about juv amethyst?


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Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:09 pm Unread post
Don't know what it is Pumbaa, but it is a fabulous photo!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Please could someone help me with this little fella, who was seen on the H6 a few days ago?

Thanks.


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Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:20 am Unread post
Juv red-backed shrike, CV


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Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:12 am Unread post
Johan please could you look at my two above? Many thanks.


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Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:48 am Unread post
Salamanda, the Raptor is a Steppe Buzzard.

Unfortunately I cannot give a confirmed ID for the 1st bird which looks to me like it could be a Yellow Bishop, but I really can't rule out White Winged Widowbird or some of the other Bishops/Widowbirds.


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Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:11 am Unread post
Many thanks DotDan. How do you distinguish Steppe Buzzard from Forest Buzzard at this stage? I never can tell the difference . . . .


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Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:19 am Unread post
Danie did the ID already. Female yellow bishop is a good call, but the lack of adequate visual information of this bird does not allow a conclusive ID.

Steppe buzzard for #2.

The name of the "Forest" buzzard says it all. You'll hardly ever see it out in the open... and when you see it if the forests, its breast and belly shows a lot of white with blotches of brown, never horisontally barred.
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