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Thick-knee, Water (Dikkop)

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:06 pm

Water thick-knee (Dikkop) (Burhinus vermiculatus) [Waterdikkop]

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Distinguished from the Spotted thick-knee by a conspicuous grey wingbar.

Habits
The Water Thick-knee, like the other Thick-knees, is mainly nocturnal. It is, however, more active during the day than the rest of its genus. By day it can be found on river and lake edges (normally blending in beautifully with the rocks!). When disturbed is reluctant to fly and consequently runs away head down, or makes a rapid run before taking to flight.

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Insects, crustacea and molluscs

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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:48 pm

This bird has to have one of my favourite calls of the bush in the early mornings and evenings.
I just need to hear it and a sense of relaxation comes over me. :D
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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:31 pm

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:18 pm

These were taken at Silwervisdam near Batleur.

During our KNP Birding Weekend trip we found out that these are actually very dangerous birds. Bosnimf and Johann both got attacked and nearly killed by them on our one night drives! :lol:

From the second photo you can see that he has this attitude of "Come closer and make my day"

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:30 pm

francoisd wrote:These were taken at Silwervisdam near Batleur.

During our KNP Birding Weekend trip we found out that these are actually very dangerous birds. Bosnimf and Johann both got attacked and nearly killed by them on our one night drives! :lol:

From the second photo you can see that he has this attitude of "Come closer and make my day"...


They should change the names back to Dikkop. Much more appropriate. Stupid birds!
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Unread postby anne-marie » Thu May 01, 2008 8:34 pm

is it also the same bird ?
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Unread postby Jose » Wed May 14, 2008 7:27 pm

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri May 23, 2008 12:36 pm

Another one....promise I am almost finished.. :) Is the bird at the back a pied avocet...and what is the one in the front, or are they the same...although the bills look different to me..

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Unread postby JoelR » Fri May 23, 2008 12:45 pm

They both look like Water Thick-knees to me. I think the bills might look slightly different because of how the light falls. The only bird that looks quite similar is the Spotted Thick-knee, but that one lacks the dark wing panels and is... well eh... spotted. :wink:

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Unread postby francoisd » Fri May 23, 2008 12:59 pm

As JoelR said both birds are Water Thick-knee (Dikkop)

You will notice the pale wing panel and the white line under the eye is also visible especially in the one at the back. JoelR also mentioned the dark bars on the wing.

Light and some of the reeds in the back is playing tricks on the bill of the bird at the back
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Unread postby Impisi08 » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:02 pm

Near the Gardenia hide:

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:29 am

Lake panic is a good spot to find these.

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Water Thick-knee

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:51 pm

These were seen at the Sabie River Low level Bridge in Feb this year.

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Re: Thick-knee, Water (Dikkop)

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:08 pm

Biyamiti's Water Thick-knees.

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Unread postby flying cheetah » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:01 pm

Again I'm lost on this one :hmz: Saw the bird at sunset dam/Lower Sabie.

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