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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:19 pm

Now I also have a query, we saw this Kingfisher on the Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria this Feb and after much long and hard debate are thinking it could be a Mangrove Kingfisher?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:59 pm

The kingfisher appears to have a bit to much blue on the head than Mangrove, I would go with WOODLAND KINGFISHER (The form with less black on the lower mandible) :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Stoffel » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:01 pm

Bearing known distribution in mind I would also think it is rather a Woodland Kingfisher seen on Mahonie Loop. But I must say, lookinf at the colours it looks like a somewhat lost Mangrove Kingfisher.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wingman » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:42 pm

This is a woodland kingfisher transitional between juv and adult the mostly red beak is rare but does occure, the black starting to extend behind the eye is the clincher along with the black feet.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:39 am

Wingman

Thanks for clarity on that one.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:06 am

Thanks for your input Guys, unfortunately the bird did not call at all during the time we were with it which was at least 15 to 20 minutes.
I see from Roberts and my Sasol guide that there have been isolated sightings of the Mangrove K/F found in Kruger, so not impossible but rather unlikely.
We were just confused with the grey head and back and of course the red bill and therefore assumed it was not a Woodie.
I see Roberts also describes the legs as being reddish with the feet dark brown to blackish and the bill of the sub adult as having a dusky tip to it?
But I agree there is the black wedge behind the eye which points to it being a Woodie, wish it had just called! :?
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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by Elsa » Tue May 04, 2010 3:13 pm

We saw this bird on the Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria in Feb this year and after much consultation between ourselves came to the ever hopeful conclusion that it was possibly a Mangrove Kingfisher, as the bill was not the full 2-tone black and red colour and it also looked greyer in the head and back region, but upon enquiring from the experts it seems it was a Woodie but one of the rarer type that don't have the dark bottom bill. 8)


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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:59 am

Have they made their arrival in Kruger this season yet ?
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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by Sprocky » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:08 am

ndloti wrote:Have they made their arrival in Kruger this season yet ?


Ndloti, I have not heard or seen one yet. As soon as I do I will post it here, as that will according to me be the official start of summer. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by Rooies » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:10 am

Just a bit of trivia. 66% of all the Kingfisher species in the world does not eat fish.
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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:13 am

I actually saw one last week in Marloth (next to Croc River)….was not able to get a pic because the bird flew into somebody’s yard and the angel on my one shoulder told me it will be bad manners to race in there :lol: :wall:
I have not yet heard one tho……
We’ve noticed that around April, just before they start migrating, they stop singing…you think they are gone already because you do not hear them…but they are still around.
When I saw this bird last week, I was wondering if some of them don’t arrive earlier than the date we normally see/hear them..15 November….and are just quiet the first few week? :?

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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

Unread post by Leeukos » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:12 am

I took these two pictures of the Woodland Kingfisher at Biyamiti. We were there in early March 2011 and around every bush one could hear one of these birds calling out.

Even though they were everywhere to be heard, strangely I could never get a decent photo of them.


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Re: Kingfisher: Woodland Kingfisher

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