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Re: Weavers: Cape Weaver

Unread postby granjan » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:39 pm

This cape weaver framed himself at the restaurant in the WCNP.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:36 pm

Strandfontein today. Is this a plain backed pipit. Sorry, it was the only pic.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:16 am

Nope! Plain-backed means exactly that: no scalloping on the back. This bird does not look like a pipit in any case. The tail is too short and the rump shows yellow. The tertials are heavily fringed pale yellow and the general impression I get from the bird's posture, the scrubby habitat and the birds interaction with the bush is weaver.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:04 pm

Thanks Joh, having enlarged the pic afterwards and done some more looking up, I agree with you.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:59 pm

I really haven't a clue what this bird might be :wall: Possibly a juvenile weaver? Seen along Darling Hills Road in late November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:08 am

You are right, arks. You actually have a choice to make between the only two weavers that occur in the Darling area, Cape and southern masked-.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:21 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:You are right, arks. You actually have a choice to make between the only two weavers that occur in the Darling area, Cape and southern masked-.

Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:54 pm

arks wrote: Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:


Well... there is yet another "clue" ...eye colour...
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:37 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
arks wrote: Thanks JvR, it does help to know that I'm right about it being a juvenile weaver of some sort .... :thumbs_up: I suppose that my only other 'clue' might be that I don't think that I've ever seen an adult SMW along DHR, but I've seen plenty of adult Cape weavers there ... :whistle:

Well... there is yet another "clue" ...eye colour...

OK ... my field guide (Roberts) says that the juvenile Cape weaver has brown eyes, but this one's eye actually looks like the white-ish eye of the male Cape weaver, so ... :idea: (it would seem that I'm missing some 'obvious' clues :redface: )
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