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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:37 am

Garyd73, those do look like Violet-backed starlings. Where did you see them?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:47 am

So many Violet-backed Starlings together Garyd73! Beautiful! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Garyd73 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:39 am

I saw them on the 07th April 2014 in the parking lot at Skukuza :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:55 am

Is this perhaps a southern tchagra? Seen in Olifants camp on 11 April 2016.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:50 am

Hi Arks,

Southern Tchagra would be seriously out of range. I'd go with Brown-crowned.

I think the black scallops between the brown mantle and the rufous wings is a tell tale sign of Brown-crowned.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:44 pm

Thanks WTM. What confuses me is that the bird's breast is grey, not buff, and the tail is very dark/all black, whereas the tail of the browncrowned seems to have brown feathers in the centre? But I do see what you mean about the scallops.
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Unread post by arks » Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:08 am

I'd thought at first that this was a honeyguide, but now I'm not so sure. Is it perhaps a (female) lesser grey shirke? Seen along the S90 on 12 April 2016 (and very far away, so pix are very cropped).

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:12 am

I agree with a Shrike, but I cannot rule out Red-backed Shrike as an option.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:50 pm

:gflower: thanks WTM!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:32 am

I am never certain about waders :wall: ... is this a wood sandpiper? Seen along the S90 near Balule in April 2016.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:01 am

It looks like one Arks, but just with some LBJs, Sandpipers are still a bit of a challenge to me

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Unread post by DotDan » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:31 am

Yip Wood Sandpiper :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:49 pm

Many thanks for confirming, DD :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:22 am

Two more of those mystifying waders, these seen at Engelhard dam in mid-April 2016. I'm thinking that the larger one may be a ruff, while the smaller may be a little stint? They were quite far away so these photos are very cropped.

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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:29 am

You are most probably correct, Arks.

Cannot argue too much with the two id's.
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