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Unread post by naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:17 am

Seen on the N14 between Upington and Pofadder (about 70 km from Pofadder) on 25 August.

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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:07 am

Sho Naomi, this is quite an interesting Lark.

The area where you saw it and the prominent large bill, and what seems to look like a black "tear drop" visible tends me to lean towards Sclater's Lark.

Large Billed Lark is also a possibility.

It could very well be a young one still and that might explain the weird coloration all over.

Unfortunately I have never seen a Sclaters Lark, so I am just basing my guess on the reference guides.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Large-billed Lark has a distinct yellow lower mandible.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:03 am

Sclater's Lark could very well be a possibility for the first lark. The underparts seems a bit pale though, but investigate that one a bit further.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by adrianp » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:18 am

To deal with the first one is a lot trickier.

I will give you a hint, and suggest you have a look at the photographs of the larks in http://www.birdpics.co.za this gives a better idea of jiz and colour than the painted images in the books. It also helps to show some of the variability of the larks species.

Sclater's lark has a lot of bold black markings on the face and bill, so that rules it out.

Lets see if you can work it out by elimination?

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Unread post by DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:31 am

@ WTM, Yes I agree, it is the only really good match I can think off based on the range in which it was found.

Scouring through the internet, I have come across some photos of Sclater's Lark which do look quite pale underneath, but not quite as pale as this bird.

Once again I have no experience with the Larks in that area, and even Stark's Lark could be a possibility here, as it has very pale underparts. I wouldn't know if Stark's Lark have such large bills though

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Unread post by MattAxel » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:55 am

In the very first post I'm pretty sure there are two different species.
The first one perched on the wood looks like a Fawn-coloured Lark.

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Unread post by DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 am

I had the same thought cross my mind Matt.. it also looks like the first photo shows a smaller bill than the other 3 photos

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Unread post by adrianp » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm less sure of the first picture.

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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:45 pm

Hello everyone

Can someone please help me identify the following 4 birds?

2. Is this picture below a Fawn-coloured Lark?

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Thanks so much, I really appreciate your help.

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Unread post by arks » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:18 pm

Jessca1, can you please include where and when you saw these birds?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:12 am

I think you are right about 4. I also want to say there is a rufous-naped lark in your collection. But the experts must help!

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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:12 pm

Hi arks

All the pics were taken at Augrabie Falls National Park on 17 September 2015.

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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:26 pm

I managed to ID the birds that I requested ID on (confirmed by an ornithologist) and No 2 is a Fawn-coloured Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by salamanda » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:37 am

Shot Jessican! Lovely clear pics - useful for ID purposes for many of us i should think!


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