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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan N » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:46 pm

Thanks for the reply Niall.

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:33 pm

This thread has become one of the most comprehensive species accounts in the forum's species collection. Lo and behold, there is yet more to come!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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The female Diderick cuckoo, after depositing her own egg, removes the egg of the host from the nest she just used. She usually flies some distance away from the nest before consuming the prize.

I watched this bird for a good 15 minutes as she maneuvered the egg this way and that way until a crack developed, then a hole through which she could extract the runny insides. This could have been the egg of any number of species that nest in the reeds or willows close by, but most probably it was that of a southern red bishop or southern masked weaver.

She's having a poached egg... :lol:
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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:41 pm

Amazing info JvR and a brilliant pic :clap:

I have learnt something, thank you!
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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by JenB » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:46 pm

My goodness, Johan! :lol: :lol:
Great photo! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Sprocky » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:00 pm

I photographed these ones in my garden this morning.

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:11 pm

Took this at Lower Sabie KNP in Feb 2011

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:11 am

Lower Sabie, Nov 2011:

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Leeukos » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:53 am

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Leeukos » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:54 am

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Sharifa » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:52 pm

Lovely photos Leeukos :thumbs_up:

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:30 am

Few images of this beautiful bird taken at Sunset dam

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

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Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:16 pm

I just love this call, thank you. :thumbs_up:
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Panekoek » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:06 pm

Hi All!

As stated in the BBJ thread I have just returned from an amazing trip in KNP

I am very new to birding and have tried my best to identify these but theyre so difficult :(

Please Help!! I will pay in cyber hugs :lol: :lol:

TIA
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