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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tessa G » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:30 pm

Could I have confirmation/help with another bird please.
Would this be the Great Spotted Cuckoo? Seen between Punda Maria and Babalala Picnic Spot December 2015


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And then :wall: would this be a Black Backed Puff Back? Seen in the same area, but this is all I was able to get before it disappeared.............. :wall:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:33 pm

I would agree with both your IDs Tessa G! Awesome sightings! But rather let the experts confirm! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:50 pm

:thumbs_up: for both

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tessa G » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:03 am

:D :D

Thank you Hilda and Ladybirder.
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Albert » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:28 pm

This one has me puzzled.
We saw this gull at the Groot River mouth (Nature's Valley) on January 25, 2016. I noticed it in flight over the estuary, and what caught my eye was the white underwing coverts and black-edged primaries (wing-tips): this was unlike an adult (or juvenile) Kelp Gull. The one glimpse i got of the wings from above was as the gull turned to land, the black-tipped primaries appeared to be separated from the greyish part of the wing closest to the body (if this makes sense) by a triangular white patch (sort of a three-toned upper wing going grey-white-black from body to wingtip). The gull landed reasonably close to a Kelp Gull, and I then thought maybe it is a juvenile Kelp Gull, but it appeared quite noticeably smaller than the adult bird.
Anyhow; long story short: this is the best photograph I could get of the bird before it took off again:

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Any thoughts? Could it possibly be an immature Grey-headed Gull? The only other photographs I could find via uncle Google suggests Black-headed Gull, but this seems unlikely.
Searching for a Cape Eagle Owl....

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:18 pm

I think you are spot on with Imm Grey-headed Gull

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:34 am

I agree with Ladybirder. Looks exactly the same as an Immature Grey-headed Gull on Roberts' Multimedia. Unfortunately no clear description of the upper wing.
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6 - 8: Crocodile Bridge
9 - 11: Lower Sabie
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:53 am

I know that this is a terrible photo and I haven't a clue what bird it might be -- I'd thought perhaps a bulbul, but it has pale legs. :hmz:

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Seen in the garden at Evita se Perron in December 2015.
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