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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by JenB » Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:47 am

Very interesting and lovely pics!
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by bishop3006 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:34 am

The ones we have in the garden are quite tame actually and we constantly see them around. Early December last year Junior called me to show me a nest - Cape Robin-chat! But not hidden away actually. Not even a meter off the gorund, actually in the ferns, or rather on top of them, underneath some overhanging bougainvillea and jasmine branches/creepers. I am not sure what happened, whether they hatched or anything, as when we got back and I looked again just after New Year the nest was empty. But they're still all around there - just can't say that I've see a youngster, but I didn't really look. Sorta forgot... :tongue: On Sunday saw a bulbul, couldn't see which one, displaying! Not sure whether it was a mating display (at this time of year?) or whether it was a teenager begging for food.

Will see if I have any worthwhile photos of the nest. Not nearly as good as the normal ones posted here - I'm just a poser with a (small) camera... :tongue:
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by gecko_drea » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:02 pm

Hi all
Brand new to this site/forum - very chuffed to have found it!
I recently had a Robin Chat arrive in my garden in West Beach, Cape Town (actually there's 2 and one being a bit smaller than the other I am presuming one's the female?) and was curious what actually attracted them. I have been putting out seed and a bit of fruit for all the birds for quite some time and when I read up about the Robin Chat (after id'ing him :)) If I remember correctly I 1st saw them after I had put out cut up grapes. I had been putting out orange which the Cape White Eyes absolutely love but had some grapes and added that.
I do see the Robin Chats on the seed feeder often but assume they collecting the ants off there?
I think they are so cute and at least they don't seem to let themselves be bullied too much by the Pin-Tailed Whydah that has been terrorising all the other birds LOL, so much so that I stopped putting feed out as he was the only bird appearing in my garden at one stage.
But I digress... the stories about all the different birds I have attracted needs to go under "... attracting birds to your garden"

Thanks for all the awesome info on the Robin Chat!!!
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Unread post by arks » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:01 pm

This one is, I think, a juvenile Cape robin? Seen at Cape Point in March 2010.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:51 am

Batmad wrote:Your first bird is a Pink Billed Lark :D :D

And the second one .... :?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:41 am

Hi Arks, just quickly logging in, but from what I can see, it looks like a very wet familiar chat

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:51 pm

Agree with DD :D Familiar Chat :D :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:47 pm

Thanks DD and Batmad, but ... it has a spotty/stripey/mottled breast ... that's why I thought Cape robin juvenile. And it wasn't raining. :) I've cropped the photo a bit more ... does that help at all?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:50 pm

Arks,

Sorry i thought it was raining and along with that red rump it was indicative of Familiar chat, but having a look in my bird guide now, i see that your bird is indeed a Juv. Cape Robin Chat :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:58 pm

Thanks, Batmad, and NO need to apologise. It very well could have been a very wet familiar chat :wink: The wealth of possibilities is what makes IDing these birds so challenging — and such fun!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:16 pm

Indeed arks :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:03 am

Very well spotted Arks 8)

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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by arks » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:52 pm

I observed this Cape robin in the garden at Evita se Perron in Darling, having an animated conversation with one of the Perron cats. It was absolutely fascinating as they really were "talking" — and the robin was clearly not at all impressed with (or intimidated by) the moggie :D

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A very cheeky and self-confident little bird!
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:23 am

Dunno how many people are aware of this, but the Cape Robin-Chat is quite a good mimicker of other birds' calls. Listen carefully when you hear one sing next time.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:49 pm

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Can one of the experts help me here, please. Taken at about noon three days ago on a fruit farm in Paarl. It seemed too big for a juvenile Cape Robin-Chat and the shape and colour bears no relation to any juvenile Olive Thrush I have seen. The bird was silent and showed no tell-tale bobbong or movements. can anyone help, please?

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