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

Seen at Bordjiesrif, Cape Point, in October 2008.

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Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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:

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

Hey KobusF,

Looks like you got a Hartlaub's gull.
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