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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rookie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I spent Friday afternon in WCNP near Langebaan on the West Coast and even though the wind was howling and the tide very far out, I managed to get a couple of phots of the numerous waders that were in the water and would like some help with their ID.

The only 1 I have ID with any from of certainty is the ruddy turnstone, so would like help wiht the others.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:54 pm

Rookie,

#2 - Grey Plover

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Unread post by Rookie » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:53 am

6 lifers in one go! :dance: :dance:

I have no idea about waders, so thanks for the latest challenge Lizet!! :twisted: I suppose you think that I should get at least the last photo vaguely right now! :redface:

I also saw the common Whimbrel, ruddy turnstone, black winged stilts and a couple of black african oystercatchers.

Thanks so much for the input. Really appreciate it! :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:29 pm

Would it be possible to ID this bird from these two pics - all I've got? :) Taken at McDougall's Bay on the West Coast

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:57 pm

Looks like a Grey Plover.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:16 pm

@ Naomi - When did you see this? Looks like a Grey Plover to me, but those ear coverts are bothering me and the "long necked" look of the bird is also another thing that bugs me.. lets wait and see what the other guys have to say :wink:

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Unread post by naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:15 pm

DotDan, the pics were taken on the 30th of August. :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:28 pm

Ja it is probably a Grey Plover Naomi.. think it is too early for any other confusing migrant.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:15 pm

Hello to the fundis

I am new to seabirds shoreline birds so please be patiebnt! I have worked for three nights now and have donme much head scratching. Could you please confirm for two and help with a third? I will be asking for a buit more help after this, but I am determined to make educated tries at the unknowns I have . All ptotos were taken at The West Coast MP bird hide near the entrance. I have never seen so many terns in my life.

Now here I am completely stumped: The Common Whimbrel was very close to this bird so the size is quite large, the beak black and shortish and it seems to fit no bird I can see in Roberts or Sasol. I was going to guess Red Knot given the size.

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My apologies for the photo quality but I set iso at 80 as I knew I would have to enlarge quite a bit.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:10 am

Hi Pete, the last bird with the Whimbrel is a Grey Plover.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:44 am

Thanks Wildtuinman. I see now I forgot to say when I saw the birds! I did the trip on the 25 Nov.

I shall be working on the rest of my doubtfuls tonight. There is one picture that is so horrible I think I may just keep it to myself.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:29 pm

After more head scratching last night I ask for confirmation of two and plain help with another! All photos taken at about 10:00 at the hide at Westcoast National Park on 25 November.

This last one has me beat. I am going to guess wildly at a Grey Plover in moult - either juvenile or male moulting. The beak and GISS is right, but nowhere can I find any bird as dark as this one and with the white belly bit. Can anyone help? Here two photos.

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After this I have three or so to go to ID but as usual I want to have a go at ID myself then put my neck on the block. Much more fun that way. I've had my head chopped off a few times and keep coming back for me as the folk here chop it off so kindly!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:51 am

Hi Pete, I agree with all your id's.
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Re: Plover, Grey

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:53 am

The Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatarola, can be found on six different continents during their non-breeding (winter) season, but they breed only on the Arctic tundra.

Like with Sanderling, Southern African birds are thought to originate from the Taimyr Peninsula, Siberia, departing in August and heading south through Ukraine, Romania and Italy before eventually arriving in southern Africa in September. It leaves our region mainly in April. They are common along our entire coastline, but sometimes vagrants pitch up on inland waters, like this plover that recently visited Mkhombo Dam in the North West province.

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The black “arm pit” is a diagnostic feature, shown by this bird seen in the Richards Bay harbour.

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They are usually the first to take flight when a flock of shorebirds is approached. When bothered, they tend to fly out over water, circle and land again behind the disturbance. Their wariness is probably one of the main reasons that this species’ global population is increasing in size.

They are long-living birds with specimens over 20 years on record. They reach maturity and start breeding in their third year.

Some young and incapacitated birds do not undertake the return migration and over-winter in South Africa.
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Re: Plover, Grey

Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:31 am

Great pictures! Thank you Johan! :thumbs_up:


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