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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby KobusF » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:43 am

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:44 pm

Last few until I sort out the Karoo chaps

12. - Satara - Lark?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:05 pm

Okay I haven't checked any books or references yet, but here is what I get at first glance:

12. African Pipit

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:32 pm

I went out on a bird count this morning and saw this chap.

Is it a juvenile large billed lark?

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The lower mandible is yellow on other pics.
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Unread postby arks » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:34 pm

What about longbilled pipit, BB? :hmz:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:51 am

On the old Malmesbury road arks?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby dwinter » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:23 am

Hi BushBaptist,

Your pipit on the fence post is an African.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:03 pm

Welcome to the forum dwinter.

I know very little about larks and less about pipits. I thought they were ground birds.

But thanks. I see that pipit streaking is different from that of larks.
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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:33 pm

welcome to the forum dwinter :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby UKbadger » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:00 pm

Here is another one for you.

It was foraging, in late July, in the short, overgrazed grass not far from where I found the Zitting C. in Kruger.

I am at present going for juv. [Yellow gape], Longbilled pipit, but the lower mandible looked pinkish to me and it didn’t wag it’s tail like the buffy pipit I found a few days later
and just doesn’t seem to fit anything completely!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:48 am

UKB, it looks good for African Pipit.
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Unread postby arks » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:05 pm

Following on from the fascinating pipit discussion above, this bird -- seen along the Olifantsbos Road in Cape Point in August 2013 -- really has me puzzled :? I would have thought African pipit, BUT it has a plain back. So next I thought plainbacked pipit, BUT it has a pale chest. Might it be a juvenile? Or .... ??? I'm flummoxed! :wall: Am I missing something obvious? :hmz: :whistle:

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Unread postby 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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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby 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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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby 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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