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Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Mant » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:50 pm

Hi,

I saw this Golden - tailed Woodpecker at Berg - en - dal Camp on the 26 May pecking away at a tree.

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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby RayK » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:27 pm

Hi Manta,
Great photo of the Golden-tailed Woodpecker. You Stiffnecks are a very serious group. I once saw a Woodpecker and identified it wrong. A fellow heard what I said and almost flew over a table to correct me. From now on I'll whisper. :)

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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby arks » Sun Jun 07, 2009 2:43 am

Mant, I'm pretty sure that your woodpecker is in fact a Bennett's, not a goldentailed, as the goldentailed's breast is more streaked and your bird appears to me to be more spotted? As well, the goldentailed male has a red crown with black spots, whereas the Bennett's has an entirely red crown, as is clearly shown in your excellent photo.
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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Skyjuggler » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:31 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:
RayK, I think that just proved a point...

It funny how twitchers are though. At my place of work, I had some paperwork to do that had reference to a swallow... I refused to put it through until they corrected it to a swift.

But we mean well :D

With that Mant, I have to agree with Ark, another tell tale sign is the cheeks/ear covets, On the Bennets this area is white, while spotted on the Golden-tailed...

My own personal method I use when I spot a woodpecker, is take note of: Crown, breast, crown then throat (now maybe cheeks too:)

But regardless, it's a great capture. Well done

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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Mant » Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:27 pm

Hi Arks,

Thanks for that info. But I definately thought it was a Golden - tailed Woodpecker :huh:

I noticed that it has no spots on it's cheek's, and a Bennet's does.

What I read in my Robert's book of the Kruger is that they said that the Golden - tailed feeds on trees and the Bennet's feeds on the ground.

So that is why I thought it was a Golden - tailed.

I found it very hard to identify the two because they both look the same to me :?

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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Mant » Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:29 pm

Hi Arks,

Thanks for that info. But I definately thought it was a Golden - tailed Woodpecker :huh:

I noticed that it has no spots on it's cheek's, and a Bennet's does.

What I read in my Robert's book of the Kruger is that they said that the Golden - tailed feeds on trees and the Bennet's feeds on the ground.

So that is why I thought it was a Golden - tailed.

I found it very hard to identify the two because they both look the same to me :?

Samantha :)
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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby o-dog » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:15 pm

Hi this is lovely pic of a Male Bennetts Woodpecker.

I have watched them feeding on many occasions and yes they mostly feed on the ground but as with the Cardinal, Goldentailed and Bearded Woodpeckers they are also found clambering around on the bigger branches.

The thing that gets people confused about these woodpeckers is that they all have Golden tails to some degree. Initially I had problems IDing them but as normal with time it becomes quite easy and fun when you get to know them well. I can understand that twitchers etc get confused between the Male Goldentailed and Male Bennetts as they are quite similar in some ways 8)
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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:46 pm

Hi Mant- Easiest for me to id them in KNP is:
Noticeably big = Bearded(barred)
Noticeably small = Cardinal(streaked)
Medium = Golden tailed(streaked) or Bennet's (spotted)
Bennet's female is also the only one with brown on the face.
As for the rest, the distribution and habitat will rule them out (most of the time!)

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Re: Woodpecker, Golden - tailed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:00 pm

Nice sighting mant, still waiting for the day I see one of these Woodies :D
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