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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:07 am

Hi Karin

Looks like a Willow Warbler to me.

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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:08 am

Pumbaa that is a Spotted Flycatcher

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:47 pm

Thanks DotDan,

was not quite sure about that but now I know 100% :k

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Unread post by AndreaB » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:39 am

Hi all,

in my TR I asked for help with identification of the below, and the general concensus seems to be a Wattled-Starling chick. Could anybody please confirm?

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11-13 June Pretoriuskop
13 -14 June Satara
15-16 June Shingwedzi

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Unread post by charbel » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:24 am

Dear 'mites,
Bad pic, in bad light, but I am trying to identify. I thought Black Cuckoo, but it doesn't fit quite well. I also think it is not the right spot to see it. It was found in H1-6, near Mopani, in the month of January.

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Unread post by Albert » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:33 pm

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver? The nest certainly suggests this.
Searching for a Cape Eagle Owl....

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Unread post by hilda » Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:27 pm

That's what my SO also said Albert, but I gave him "the look", because I couldn't see a red bill! :redface:
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Unread post by charbel » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:03 pm

Dear Albert,
Yes, it might be.... I thought of it, but the bill doesn't look red... It is true, however, that this may be a consequence of the bad light, it was quite a cloudy day.

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Unread post by charbel » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:08 pm

Following up on what Hilda said, I took a look at some pics through Google and I found some similar to ours, where the red bill is very pale.... So, it is probably the buffalo-weaver....

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Unread post by charbel » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:10 pm

btw, I was astonished to see so few weavers in KNP last July, I only saw weavers when leaving the park, in the very last day, in Orpen Gate.... It was my first time in winter in the park. Are weavers so rare in winter there? I have been thinking.... even though I like the fact that it is quite easy to see many animals during the winter, KNP is probably better for me in summer, I really missed the high diversity, particularly of birds and small other creatures I saw so often during summer....

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Unread post by Albert » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:31 pm

Hi Charbel,
Have a look at page 7 of this thread; I went through the same process in trying to ID these birds. Then the bills appeared mostly white (this was in April, up near Pafuri). Even in November some of these Weavers appeared to have pale bills.
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Unread post by charbel » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:44 pm

Dear Albert
Great! Thanks for the help!

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Unread post by hilda » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:08 pm

I have to apologise again for the quality of this picture, and I only have two shots with the same angle. Is this by any chance a Pied Starling? Seen at Rietvlei, Pretoria on 12 January 2016. The bird has a white eye.

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:16 pm

I deleted my similar photos that I took on Sunday of the pied starlings - looking at the little white I can see on the bum, it looks like a pied starling!

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Unread post by hilda » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:41 am

Thank you Karin! Appreciated! :gflower:
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