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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by sandeep » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:03 am

MattAxel, Ladybirder and DotDan thanks and this was the confusion in my mind. I don't think I could make out the colour difference in the bills, but the birds are big and so is the bill. Anyway, I am certainly not the expert here andmore than willing to be educated :). Thanks again

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:59 pm

Some help from the gurus please. My son photographed this Saddle-billed Stork picture in summer near Shingwedzi - now the yellow eye says female but the two wattles say male according to roberts. No picture I could find showed a bird with yellow-eyes and wattles. There was no mention of breeding colours. Unfortunately the angle means no chest patch can be seen.

Please help a confused man. Many thanks
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Unread post by Maxwell » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:13 am

It is not Cross dressing. Both Male and female have wattles. It's a female!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Ladybirder » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:45 am

It is quite confusing . Four of my fieldguids say no wattles on the female . ( Sasol Birds of Southern Africa , Newmans fieldguide, Photo fieldguid of Sasol and the Photo fieldguid of Ulrich Oberprieler )Robert's doesn't say if the females doesn't have wattles which indicate that she does. But in all the photos in the two photo fieldguides show no wattles on the female. The only conclusion is that the Female doesn't always have wattles, but sometimes do.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Maxwell » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:32 pm

Maybe it is an optional fashion accessory? I just turned up the picture of the last one I saw (Kenya) it is a male but it does not have Wattles either. Not something I have looked at closely before.
Books. My ancient Newmans is silent on the subject. Sinclair/Ryan's "Birds of Africa South of Sahara" says wattle absent in female, and my bible, "Birds of East Africa" Stevenson and Fanshawe clearly shows wattles on both genders. Ah well. Next they will be saying the eye ring is not specific either and we will need a DNA test..
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Unread post by Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 8:23 am

This was taken at Sunset Dam in the Kruger National Park.

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Unread post by Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 8:24 am

This was taken at Sunset Dam in the Kruger National Park.

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:17 pm

Great images

Few of our own sightings

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Unread post by granjan » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:35 pm

Saw this pair on th S100 in April.

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there were quite a few juveniles around, too.
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Unread post by ekoppen » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:16 pm

Spotted east end S127. Another of my wife's great shots
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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:15 pm

Great series of images :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:51 pm

Girivana near Satara

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:20 pm

Literally saw at least one at every waterhole we stopped at. I took photos of them all and will go through them to see if we have seen some of the same individuals at different locations during our trip.

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Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:02 pm

Hello Guys

Just came back from Kruger. Satata, Tamboti, Pretoriuskop area, got a few unknowns and confirmations.

7. - Tshokwane, with the huge amounts of woolly storks, is this a juvenile
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