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Unread postby francoisd » Thu May 04, 2006 1:21 pm

Living in the Cape we are so used to these birds that one sometimes don’t even bother to look at them anymore. Thanks for reminding us of them again.

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Unread postby JoelR » Thu May 31, 2007 11:49 am

I suddenly decided to post these pix, taken 11th November of last year in the Cape Town harbour. Just because it´s that one time where I am actually so close to a bird that I can take a nice photo with my horrible excuse for a camera :roll:

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Oh, and funnily enough it was a tick for me - since I only had been birding in Mapungubwe, Kruger, Botswana and Zim! I know it´s a very common bird though. :wink:

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Re: Gulls: Hartlaub Gull

Unread postby granjan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:05 am

Common though they may be, I love these dainty gulls especially compared to the ubiquitous herring gulls we get here in Cornwall.

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Re: Gulls: Hartlaub Gull

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:33 pm

Seen at Bordjiesrif, Cape Point, in October 2008.

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Unread postby Rookie » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:19 pm

Hi

Just returned from PE and wonder if this is a juvenille Grey-headed Gull.

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Also heard a Burchell's Coucal and eventually found it high up in a palm tree. (it rained later that day and I never saw it again!)

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Unread postby Maxwell » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:48 pm

Could be but more likely imm. Hartlaub's. The ear coverts are quite light.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:54 am

Maxwell wrote:Could be but more likely imm. Hartlaub's. The ear coverts are quite light.


As is the row of brownish covert feathers on the wing, the dark eye and the pure white tail :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Rookie » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:03 am

Thanks Maxwell and Johan, that was my other option, but the map in my Sasol book doesn't make it clear that it is also found in PE which is why I asked. :redface:

Loving learning about birdies so thanks for all the input. :gflower:
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Unread postby Maxwell » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:36 pm

Maxwell wrote:As is the row of brownish covert feathers on the wing, the dark eye and the pure white tail


Did you also notice the turned in toes on the feet? :whistle:
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Unread postby arks » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:57 am

I saw these terns (at least I'm pretty sure that they ARE terns :wink: ) swimming in a puddle just off the beach in Langebaan on a very rainy day in June. Looking at the pix now, I'm wondering not only which sort they are — my best guess is nonbreeding (and possibly immature?) common tern — but even if they might perhaps be two different sorts. :hmz: I saw them on 7 June 2012.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:53 am

arks wrote:I saw these terns (at least I'm pretty sure that they ARE terns :wink: ) swimming in a puddle just off the beach in Langebaan on a very rainy day in June. Looking at the pix now, I'm wondering not only which sort they are — my best guess is nonbreeding (and possibly immature?) common tern — but even if they might perhaps be two different sorts. :hmz: I saw them on 7 June


Try looking at gulls, arks. I'm sure you'll get the ID... Both are the same species
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Unread postby arks » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:22 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
arks wrote:I saw these terns (at least I'm pretty sure that they ARE terns :wink: ) swimming in a puddle just off the beach in Langebaan on a very rainy day in June. Looking at the pix now, I'm wondering not only which sort they are — my best guess is nonbreeding (and possibly immature?) common tern — but even if they might perhaps be two different sorts. :hmz: I saw them on 7 June

Try looking at gulls, arks. I'm sure you'll get the ID... Both are the same species

Oh well, then they must be Hartlaub's gulls :doh: :(
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby KobusF » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:52 am

This one was taken at the waterfront at Cape Town i think this is a hartlaub's gull but the lighter ring around the eye got me confused
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:54 am

Hey KobusF,

Looks like you got a Hartlaub's gull.
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