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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:36 pm

Anyone? :pray:
arks wrote:A few more than I need some ID help for ...

1. Is this perhaps a little stint? Seen at Stranfontein (Cape Town) in late November 2014 -- and very far away, so much cropped
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2. Is this a nonbreeding wattled starling? Seen in my garden in Darling in early December 2014
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3. A warbler of some sort, but no idea which ... seen on the dam at the bottom of my garden in Darling in late December 2014
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:46 am

Cape Grassbird

Karin Mitton wrote:Saw this bird at Rietvlei yesterday - initially I thought it was a female or immature Wattled starling, but I am not sure, seems to reddish brown for a starling. Any ideas?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:56 am

Ruff, Wattled Starling and the last seems like an African Reed Warbler.

arks wrote:Anyone? :pray:
arks wrote:A few more than I need some ID help for ...

1. Is this perhaps a little stint? Seen at Stranfontein (Cape Town) in late November 2014 -- and very far away, so much cropped
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This pic to show relative size ...
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2. Is this a nonbreeding wattled starling? Seen in my garden in Darling in early December 2014
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3. A warbler of some sort, but no idea which ... seen on the dam at the bottom of my garden in Darling in late December 2014
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:58 am

Why do you say it is out of range, Arks?

arks wrote:This one has me puzzled :hmz: It looks to me like an ant-eating chat, but I saw it along Darling Hills Road, which I would have thought was out of range -- but then, birdies don't read field guides! Seen in late December 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:56 pm

Thanks so much for the ID help, WTM. :gflower:

As for the anteating chat being out of range, it's not shown as occurring in the West Coast / Darling area on the distribution maps in either my Roberts or my Newmans field guides :hmz: It certainly looks like an AEC to me, but I'd never seen one in that area before ....
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:16 am

Two more that I need ID help with, both seen in/over my garden in Darling in mid-January 2016.

1. Perhaps impossible to tell, but is this perhaps a barn swallow?
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2. Is this perhaps a juvenile Klass's cuckoo?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:13 pm

Can anyone please help me identify the following birds:
1. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015
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2. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015 (1 & 2 is the same bird)
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3. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015
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4. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015 (3 & 4 is the same bird)
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5. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015
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6. Taken in Mountain Zebra National Park in September 2015
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7. Taken in KNP in February 2016
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:55 am

@ jesscan: this is like a separate bird ID challenge........ 8)
I'm watching replies on this one with interest, as I'm sure I'll learn a lot about ID's on these LBJs

My track record for IDs lately has been a bit shaky, but I will hazard a guess so long:

Bird 1&2 might be a Chat Flycatcher? (Definitely Chat-like appearance to me, but lacks the distinctive tail patterning one would expect from Familiar or Sickle-winged Chats, and then the black legs and feet also seem to indicate Chat Flycatcher).
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Puff Addy » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:59 am

5. Lark-like Bunting

6. Spike-heeled Lark (you can see the spike 'heels')

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:55 pm

3 & 4 - Large Billed Lark
7 - Rattling Cisticola

I suspect number two is a Chat Flycatcher, but I don't have any experience with these birds.

@ Arks - I agree with your ID's - Barn Swallow (most Likely) and Klaas Cuckoo

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:57 pm

@ Jesscan if 1 and 2 is the same bird why do the coloration different so much? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:15 pm

DotDan
I guess the light and the different angle the pic was taken from.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:47 pm

Anyone??? :pray:

arks wrote:Two more that I need ID help with, both seen in/over my garden in Darling in mid-January 2016.

1. Perhaps impossible to tell, but is this perhaps a barn swallow?
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2. Is this perhaps a juvenile Klass's cuckoo?
Image

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:07 pm

Seen in Addo last month. Help please!!!!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:23 am

Crested Val wrote:Seen in Addo last month. Help please!!!!

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Without seeing the front, it is a difficult one - it is definitely a swallow :twisted: with what looks like a very muddy beak
it is either a Lesser striped swallow or a greater striped swallow


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