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Bird Identification

Unread post by NicoleCT » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:57 pm

Hi

Can someone please confirm ID of this bird ? I think maybe a Baillon's Crake ?

(actually seen in Namibia, just north of SA border. Would be a very unusual sighting for this area.)

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Re: Bird Identification

Unread post by Albert » Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:24 pm

Purely from a distribution point of view, as well as coloration and description and photographs in Roberts, I'd hazard a guess at Spotted Crake (also a very uncommon to rare bird).
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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:45 pm

Was this bird kept in captivity? I see some chicken wire fencing behind the bird. :hmz:
Will check in my books tonight to see if I can identify the bird :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bird Identification

Unread post by NicoleCT » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:22 pm

Hi

No it was not kept in captivity. It has been seen on the Savanna Guest Farm today near Gruenau. The fencing is the vegetable garden fencing :-)

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Re: Bird Identification

Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:39 pm

I am going to go with Albert on this one , I would also guess a Spotted Crake , looks like it from my bird book anyway.
I am definitely no expert, perhaps someone else will also come in here :D
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ? :hmz:

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Unread post by NicoleCT » Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:39 am

Thanks. It does look like a Spotted Crake. Very unusual here. A lucky sighting for me !

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:13 pm

Spotted Crake - fantastic record!
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Re: Crake, Spotted

Unread post by hilda » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:46 am

Stunning pictures of this special bird Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Crake, Spotted

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:10 am

The spotted crake was one of the easiest twitches I have undertaken. Ordinarily, these birds are rather rare in South Africa, but we seem to be having an irruption this summer with a good number of individuals having been reported all over the country. I first chased and dipped on the bird reported to be keeping near the Otter hide at Marievale bird sanctuary. Then, when the news of the Waterfall Country Estate bird came through with comments that it is very accommodating in giving birders good views, I made the trek to the little pond just outside the entrance to this greenbelt property development and quickly found the crake interacting with a twitch of birders with cameras aimed at the little wader that kept obligingly to the shore on the opposite side of the pond, about 10m away.

The early morning sun battled to get through the haze that covers Big Smoke City and I was shooting out of hand. I sent up a prayer with every shot fired… "Pleaaase, no shake, no blur..." Eventually I took out a little insurance by chasing up the ISO setting on my camera.

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The spotted crake is only the size of a starling and it moves about quite rapidly, foraging for what appeared to be small fish or tadpoles.

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Normally these crakes would migrate from Europe and Asia only as far south as the northern regions of South Africa, but this year their navigation generally seems to have been out by quite a margin.
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Re: Crake, Spotted

Unread post by hilda » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:49 pm

Glad you found the Spotted Crake Johan! Your pictures are stunning! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Crake, Spotted

Unread post by Ladybirder » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:55 pm

Stunning and very special pics of the Spotted Crake, Johan :clap: :clap: :clap:


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