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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Arks, I get this idea that this picture was taken through a window...?

The reason I say this is that the glass of vehicles causes unwanted interference with reflected light and can obscure vital information... e.g. a feather pattern on the back of a bird.

But for the "plain back" every other feature of this bird says African to me, especially those white retrices. So, unless you tell my otherwise re the vehicle glass, I will go with that ID.
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Unread post by arks » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:08 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Arks, I get this idea that this picture was taken through a window...?

The reason I say this is that the glass of vehicles causes unwanted interference with reflected light and can obscure vital information... e.g. a feather pattern on the back of a bird.

But for the "plain back" every other feature of this bird says African to me, especially those white retrices. So, unless you tell my otherwise re the vehicle glass, I will go with that ID.

Thanks, Johan. I'm not 100% certain, but I don't think that I was shooting thru glass. (Since it was over two months ago, I don't really remember, just that it's unlikely, since I always try to avoid shooting thru glass unless there's no other option.) The bird was, however, quite far away, and it was a very bleak, overcast sort of day and thus, the photo is much cropped. Here's the full photo, if that's any help ...

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Unread post by umtali1 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:47 pm

Greetings to all you bird experts.

Please could you help us with the ID of these 2 birds seen recently in Mokala.

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Unread post by MattAxel » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:04 pm

Hi umtail1

Tough to tell, and I'm looking on my cell phone screen, but looks like African Pipit to me.

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Unread post by umtali1 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:41 pm

MattAxel wrote:Hi umtail1

Tough to tell, and I'm looking on my cell phone screen, but looks like African Pipit to me.

Thank you MattAxel. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:51 am

Finally started trying these out.

This one I am stuck though. Another sabota? H1-6 KNP

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Unread post by DotDan » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:20 am

The second bird is an African Pipit

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:38 am

I hadn't even considered a Pipit. :doh: There was another one around that looked like a Pipit too. If you don't mind (I'm still trying to grasp these LBJs), what gave it away as an African Pipit?
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Unread post by DotDan » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:56 am

First and foremost, African Pipit is by far the most abundant pipit in KNP and South Africa. Secondly, the distinct eyebrow and facial pattern, streaking on chest, upright stance and in the second photo you can just see the outer white tail feathers.

Whenever you see a pipit in the field, you always ask yourself first " Why is this not an African Pipit". :)

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:16 am

Thank you so much, new tick for me :dance:
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun May 25, 2014 4:20 pm

Hi am clueless with larks & pipits. 2 birds, 2 pics then 3.

Near Darling, Western Cape 3 weeks ago.

Help please.

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Unread post by ross hawkins » Sun May 25, 2014 5:23 pm

Hi BB

Here's a crack at your two birds.

The first two are of an African Pipit - the very prominent facial markings is my main pointer. Pity the bird didn't oblige with a front forward shot.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun May 25, 2014 8:21 pm

Thanks Ross!

The first one was 'chilling'.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon May 26, 2014 9:38 pm

Firstly I suspect I have been sitting on 2 lifers for 2 years without knowing. :wall:

No 1 I think is a long billed pipit in Addo. I saw one near Darling earlier this month.

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Unread post by TrevorC » Tue May 27, 2014 12:21 pm

My vote for the Pipit would be African Pipit but these are always tough. Yellow base to bill and nice broad white eyebrow make me lean towards African.
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