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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:00 pm

Thanks, Niall and RJ ... I'll keep hoping :whistle: :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Obelix » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:07 pm

Hi All

I would really appreciate any views on this one. The photo was taken during March 2010 in Kgalagadi. Unfortunately, I can't help with the sound. Behaviour wise it is also difficult to recall anything. It is also difficult to remember its actual size. By way of elmimination, I'm thinking maybe Spike-heeled Lark (though the beek troubles me) but I tend to lean towards Fawn-coloured Lark. The colour is a bit red (not enought white), but it seems as if you get the darker variant as well. It is aparently also common in the Kalahari.

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Maybe Lrk - Fawn-coloured, Spike-heeled by engela2dup

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Niall » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:57 am

Hi Obelix. It's a Fawn coloured Lark. They are one of the most common Larks in Kgalagadi.

Spike Heeled has a longer more slender bill, very short tail and very upright posture. They tend to be more terrestrial than other larks, not perching in trees too often.

Some pics for comparison here:

Spike-heeled: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/506.htm
Fawn-coloured: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/497.htm

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Obelix » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:36 am

Thanks Niall.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by LaeveldLeeu » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:47 pm

Saw this bird in December in Kgalagadi. Have no idee. Was far off but had to take a pic because I haven't seen one before.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Niall » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:12 pm

Hi LL - it looks like a leucistic bird - my best guess would be Fawn coloured Lark, which is one of the more common Larks in KTP.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:42 pm

KTP has given me some questions of my own.

There were little ones too!!

Possibly a lark

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I know that this is a long list, but I was very proud of myself for managing to ID the Familiar and Ant-eating Chat, a Marico Flycatcher, a Green Winged Ptyllia, a Violet Cheeked and Black faced Waxbill and a Karoo Scrub Robin, so I am definitely improving.

Appreciate any help you can give me.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:45 pm

Rookie,
#5 Fawn-coloured Lark

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Wow, Thanks Lizet!

That gives me couple of lifers! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:27 pm

We have 2 LBJ's for ID. :D

Both from Kgalagadi.

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Gut instinct say Sabota on the second. Could BOTH be Sabotas? Totally confusing myself.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MattAxel » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:40 pm

Guinea Pig, to me they both look like Fawn-coloured Larks.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:32 am

Really tough. The one with the thick bill, one would want to lean towards Bradfield's, but everything else says Fawn-coloured.

The other bird is in a very strange posture. :hmz: But the feint breast streaking probably rules out Sabota Lark. I think Matt is spot on here.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:28 pm

More. By now the larks have me "so deurmekaar soos 'n verkleurmannetjie op 'n Smartie Box"! :doh: I am thoroughly confused. They all look the same to me!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:12 am

GP, I think this one is also a Fawn Coloured Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by adrianp » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:36 am

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