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Warbler: Lesser Swamp- (Cape Reed-)

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Warbler: Lesser Swamp- (Cape Reed-)

Unread post by francoisd » Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:14 pm

Lesser Swamp-warbler [Cape Reed-warbler] (Acrocephalus gracilirostris)

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Taken at Lake Panic

Other Names
Other English: Cape Reed-warbler
Afrikaans: Kaapse Rietsanger
Dutch: Kaapse rietzanger
German: Kaprohrsänger
Portuguese: Rouxinol-pequeno-dos-pântanos
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:54 pm

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Lesser swamp warbler

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Warbler: Lesser Swamp

Unread post by Obelix » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:37 pm

We saw this one below at the Strandfontein sewerage works in Cape Town. Maybe Levaillant's Cisticola?
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Unread post by deefstes » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 pm

Lesser Swamp Warbler.
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Unread post by Candy's Style » Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:59 pm

Hello everyone...
Not to sure about this lil' guy.
Size: 15cm-18cm
Habitat: Reeds
Date: 8 June
I took this photo at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria.

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Unread post by Snoobab » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:42 am

At this time of year my gut feeling would be a
Lesser Swamp-Warbler, I have seen them at Rietvlei during winter before.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:24 am

Like Snoobab said, the Lesser Swamp Warbler or Cape Reed Warbler as it is lately known is one of three options to consider in winter time @ Rietvlei.

The other options are African Sedge Warbler formerly known as Little Rush-Warbler and African Marsh Warbler.

Your bird shows a distinct eye brow. Which rules out African Marsh Warbler.

The African Sedge Warbler shows a distinct broad round tail which is absent here.

I agree with Snoobab on the Cape Reed Warbler and the tawny flanks are a good indication on this.

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:22 pm

Please help me ID these two birds. Seen at Rietvlei NR

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:39 pm

First one looks quite large, and probably a Lesser Swamp Warbler(Prominant white eye brow, and very pale below, and apparent? large size) :D Now that you have Roberts Multimedia 8) :wink: Try to Learn the Warbler calls, they easy and help so much in the field! :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Neil Crawford » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:57 pm

Hi all, It's been a long time since I was here, first we had computer problems,then it was summer, then more computer problems, and then more. Now we've got a new computer, finished all the other photoshopping that needed doing for various projects, and finally have time to continue with our Eastern cape trip. Heres a bird we saw from the birdhide at Rondevlei near Wilderness in February, it was skulking around the reeds. We think it's an (African sedge) Little rush warbler, can anyone confirm that?
Best regards Neil

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by deefstes » Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:14 pm

Neil Crawford wrote:We think it's an (African sedge) Little rush warbler, can anyone confirm that?
Best regards Neil

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There's not much to go by from these pics Neil and I'd be cautious to speak out with too much confidence but I tend to think that it is rather a Lesser Swamp-Warbler.

Little Rush-Warbler have a very broad tail with a nice rounded edge and their upperparts are darker than most other warblers. This bird doesn't look particularly dark to me. LRW also has paler legs (pink or brown) while this bird's leg colour is closer to black, as is Lesser Swamp-Warbler.

Pity the pictures don't show the call :D - they're dirt easy when you ID them on call.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Neil Crawford » Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:57 pm

Thanks Deefstes, A lesser swamp warbler it is!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Cherries » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:55 pm

Sorry Yolandé

Not able to answer your queries but you did remind me that I had never posted a warbler from Marievale in Jan!

Hopefully we can both come up trumps!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:11 pm

Cherries wrote:Yolandé... you did remind me that I had never posted a warbler from Marievale in Jan!



I should actually make you post your thoughts on this one first, Cherries...

The long bill (and you should have noted size because it is noticeably bigger than the ones regularly seen) terminal position of the wing tips, eye brow - Lesser Swamp-warbler
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Cherries » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:43 pm

Sorry Johan for taking the easy way out. I had willow warbler with the inevitable question mark. Now that you have made me feel guilty :redface: that would not have been its habitat!

Lesser Swamp-Warbler never even came to mind! My birdie book shows quite a pretty bird but I didn't see it as having an exceptionally long bill.

Thank you for your patience!


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