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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:10 am

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Unread post by murron66 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:59 am

can anyone help with this one?

seen close to gudzani dam on S41

I thought it could be a kind of cristicola (cloud? wing-snapping?).. or am I completely wrong and it's a kind of lark?

thanks for your help

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Unread post by deefstes » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:27 am

Looks like a Sabota Lark to me.
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Unread post by mountainview » Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:20 pm

Hi Guys

I need some input on these LBJs:

This first one was taken around the short grasslands of the H7 near Orpen:

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and this second one, a rather heavy billed fellow on the S61 just before Klopperfontein:

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:44 pm

mountainview, I wouldn't give bill-shape much credence when looking at Sabota's Larks (SL is my call for all your pix, btw). Bill-shape and -size are notoriously variable in this species, even in the same area!
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Unread post by deefstes » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:18 am

@MV:
For some reason my browser won't show your second bird but the first one definitely looks like Sabota Lark. As JvR pointed out this bird can show quite a lot of variation in the size of the bill. I think this was one of the reasons why Bradfield's Lark was ultimately lumped with Sabota again.
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Unread post by BT » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:20 am

Bird observed in the vicinity of Satara rest camp the 09th of September 2007. Is this an African (grassveld) Pipit?

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Unread post by arks » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:54 am

I think that's a Sabota lark, BT. And a very nice pic of it! 8)
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:47 am

Great ID call, arks! You are getting quite proficient at this :lol:

BTW, one of the surest ways to differentiate between larks and pipits (if you can see the legs, like in this very good shot) check the scaling on the legs... on a pipit the front of the legs is covered by five or six large reclangular scales while the larks show more scales much squarer in shape.
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:02 pm

I thought posting this MSPaint-generated image will further explain about the difference in scaling on these birds' legs - a useful ID feature that allows one to make the family ID correctly and so get a lot of posibilities out of the way...

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The sketch on the left represents the lark and (obviously :lol: ) on the right, the pipit.
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Re: Larks: Sabota Lark

Unread post by granjan » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:31 pm

This chap was singing his heart out in the dawn light at the sunrise platform in Mapungubwe in November. A sabota lark?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:57 pm

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What I see in this bird: bold facial markings, streakings on the head, rather heavily streaked chest, White supercilium, and rich rufous colour.

Is it a Sabota Lark?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:44 am

Sabota's Lark, yes!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Skopsie » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:00 pm

I saw this chick on the road near Mopani two weeks ago. It must be very young, because it could not fly properly.

I have no idea, but would guess Zitting Cisticola. :whistle:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:29 pm

Aaaah :wall: :lol:

Fledgings :doh: .....Mmmm!!! I'll have to do a little search, but my initial guess is Sobota Lark!!!
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