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Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:08 pm

There is currently a strange Lapwing present in and around the Skukuza area which sparked quite a bit of discussion surrounding its ID.

Can I please ask that if you are planning to go to that area soon to please keep an eye out for it. We are looking for photos of the bird especially in flight or with its wings stretched out on the ground to get a better look at the wing pattern.

It would even be first prize if you are as lucky as to get your hands on a feather of this bird. Please don't go trampling around in the bush now. :twisted:

If you have any photos or sighting information to share, please do so in this topic where a group of experts will keep an eye on the information in order to assist them with identifying this bird.

Here is a photo of the most wanted lapwing:

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:49 pm

The above photo was taken at Lake Panic by someone else.

It was initially reported along the river near Skukuza and spent quite a lot of time there before moving to Lake Panic.

At this stage the majority leans towards a hybrid between a Blacksmith and White-crowned Lapwing with partial leucism to add to the difficulty.
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by BushFairy » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:50 pm

I'm not an expert but this looks like a juvenille Long-toed Lapwing to me.... I have seen them in the Okavango, strange for them to be in Kruger, but have a look at the characteristics of a juvenille in one of the bird books and you'll see quite a fitting description! Just an idea :wink:
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:10 pm

Duco, could I take the liberty in asking that the word of this bird gets spread as far as possible. If possible to Skukuza reception itself. Maybe they could post a request on the notice board in order to get more people to look for it?

This could potentially be a very interesting record for the country and I am sure the birding experts would appreciate all the help they could get.
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:18 pm

Lets see what we can manage.... No promises made though!
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Micetta » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:05 pm

BushFairy wrote:I'm not an expert but this looks like a juvenille Long-toed Lapwing to me.... I have seen them in the Okavango, strange for them to be in Kruger, but have a look at the characteristics of a juvenille in one of the bird books and you'll see quite a fitting description! Just an idea :wink:


None of you gentlemen seem to have taken the least notice of what BushFairy wrote and apart from not being very polite of you, she might be right you know!!! :twisted:

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:16 pm

Micetta,

I am sure we all have theories as to what the bird may be. But unfortunately the intention and purpose of this topic is not to get an ID from the photo provided. This is merely a request to get more information and photos of the bird in question. I am sure the rarities committee who asked me to create this topic will take her suggestion into consideration if they haven't done so already.

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by BushFairy » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:20 pm

Sorry WTM, I didn't mean to intrude. I just got really excited when I saw your pic as I have seen this bird before. But lets leave it to the experts then.
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Micetta » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:41 pm

If you have any photos or sighting information to share, please do so in this topic where a group of experts will keep an eye on the information in order to assist them with identifying this bird.
I beg your pardon wildtuinman, I was a bit to superficial in reading your post, but anyway..... :wink:

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Bushbaby30 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:33 pm

We saw it on the 29th of September also at Lake Panic and also wondered what it was.
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Mafuta B » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:45 am

wildtuinman wrote:It would even be first prize if you are as lucky as to get your hands on a feather of this bird. Please don't go trampling around in the bush now. :twisted:


Damn man I was just about to use you as an excuse to swim lake panic ;)

I got some photo's of this guy to but non better than these. I will get them to you. Unfortunately no open wing pics..
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:57 am

Thanks everyone for your contributions.

Please post any photos which you may have here in this topic. Also record your sighting dates and locations of the bird here.
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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:04 am

Hell but this is interesting!

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Charming1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:57 pm

Wow - I had a lovely discussion with a lady I met in the bird hide at Lake Panic at around 13h30 on the 1st October - I could not conclusively decide what this bird was .... :big_eyes: and felt quite dumbstruck :wall:

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Looking forward to the experts assisting all of us with this one :huh: :huh:

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Re: Strange Kruger Lapwing

Unread post by Owl » Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:57 am

The current thinking on the identification of this Lapwing from the coordinator of the SA Rare Bird Panel and those he's discussed it with is as follows:

"Lastly, although not a rarity, it is still particularly interesting. A rather bizarre lapwing was recorded at the low water bridge over the Sabie River just outside Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday. It does not fit any known Vanellus Lapwing and current thinking is that it is possibly either a BLACKSMITH X WHITE-CROWNED LAPWING hybrid or a bizarrely aberrant WHITE-CROWNED LAPWING. Have a look at some submitted photos below and see for yourself…"

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Strange Lapwing near Skukuza
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Strange Lapwing near Skukuza
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