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Identify and index birds in Southern Africa


Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:45 am

I would appreciate some help with waders I photographed in the south of Mozambique (March 2008). I find it very difficult to ID these types of birds….they all look the same to me. :? :redface:
The photos are unfortunately not good quality….taken from afar in very bright light…it is also not always possible to check the colour of the bills and legs because it is covered in mud.

3. Think I have this one….Little Stint?
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Unread post by JoelR » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:00 am

Waders are SO not my cup of tea. Can only say that number 3 looks like Sanderling to me. It seems to have the black shoulder patch.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:49 am

3. I agree with JoelR with the Sanderling. I also see the black shoulder patch. Little Stint's face is a darker grey as well.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:17 am

The SO also took a couple of shots of #3. I also think Sanderling is a good possibly, yet according to the distribution map in SASOL there has been no sightings in Moz (we saw them north of Maputo, at the mouth of a side stream of the Komati)

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Unread post by nightjar » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:21 am

The waders in No.3 are Sanderling. The jet black bill and legs are diagnostic.
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Waders ID's

Unread post by Elminster » Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:44 pm

3. Sanderling (no colour (NB), bill same length as the head, black legs, black bill all=sanderling)
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Unread post by granjan » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:14 pm

I think these are sanderlings but being a complete beginner would appreciate confirmation. Taken at WCNP in January.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Moegaai » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:21 pm

Spot-on with your ID! :thumbs_up: :clap:

These are all in non-br plumage, so black on bend of forewing and grey stripe leading down from back to side of neck are tell-tale. Can't see the full bill in any of these probing birds, but if you could, the shape would also have diagnostic.

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