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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:08 am

:hmz: We've never seen them in Vanderbijlpark before but it's well within range, I notice.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:17 am

Guinea Pig wrote::hmz: We've never seen them in Vanderbijlpark before but it's well within range, I notice.


I've been thinking about the Southern Red Bishop female as well. She also has an eyebrow, but the female is a rather "chunky" bird - your birds looks more "slender"..
I agree with you - when weavers are in transitional plumage, it drives me crazy, and I just stop looking at them all together..

Hopefully one of the experts will jump in here.

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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:21 am

Karin Mitton wrote:
I agree with you - when weavers are in transitional plumage, it drives me crazy, and I just stop looking at them all together..



As a friend said about these two - "Normally when I see birds like this I quickly look the other way and pretend I did not see them." :lol:

I always wait and see what "hatches" eventually.
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:42 am

I think it is a Widowbird.
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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:47 am

I was playing in the vicinity of the right ball park on my Facebook page then!! :o This was my post yesterday:

"I'm stumped. These two birds have been around the feeder this afternoon. Obviously non-breeding males of something but what something I can't figure out. I assumed Red Bishops but there is one around that I photographed a few days ago and it was there with them. It acts completely different to these two and these are larger than the bishop. Can these be Long-tailed Paradise whydahs in a garden?"
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:57 am

I am also leaning towards the Long-tailed part, but not the Whydah part. :D
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:59 am

Any idea who rung your Red Bishop, by the way?
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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:03 am

I forgot to turn the page of my SASOL one more time. :lol:

wildtuinman wrote:Any idea who rung your Red Bishop, by the way?


No idea. A lot of the garden birds around are ringed with these silver ones. I've been threatening to catch one of them to get to the number on the ring. :P
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