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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by naomi c » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:24 pm

A warbler but which one? Pics taken at Rietvleidam on Sunday 10 February.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:25 pm

Because of the indistinct buff eyebrow and short wings: African reed-warbler
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MxM » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:27 pm

I am so excited, I think. :roll: Saw this at Marievale (Nigel) the weekend and now think it is a new warbler for me - is this a common white-throat? :pray:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:15 am

Hi MxM, lovely photos!

Unfortunately it is not a Common White-throat. They inhabita areas of bushveld thorn trees and shrubs such as Zaagkuildrift.

This looks like a Lesser Swamp-Warbler to me, but I cannot rule out African Reed-Warbler at this stage.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:53 am

I agree with WTM, about both comments, good pix and his ID. I want to add that I think the two pix are of different birds, the top one probably LSW(rich brown uppers, wing length), and the bottom one ARW (indistinct eyebrow)
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:34 am

I personally think both are African Reed-Warblers.. LSW would show at least a distinct eyebrow, that and I was at Marievale two weeks ago and the African Reed-Warblers were very vocal and all over the show.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:58 pm

You may very well be right, DD. The visual info on that first pic is a bit on the low side. The rich brown uppers and wing length is what made me choose LSW. In not all instances that I have observed this species were the eyebrow all that distinct. It often depends on the state of the birds plumage and the angle the light hits the subject.

I am at Marievale right now, and both species are vocal all over the show...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:52 pm

I am at home and dove into Faansie's LBJs... You were right, Daan. Both are ARWs
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:51 am

These are not very clear pix, but this little bird never stayed still, so these are the best pix I have. I'm wondering whether it might be a lesser swamp warbler? Other possibilities might be African reed warbler (but I think the tail is longer and the eyebrow is white, not buff) or little rush warbler (but the legs on my bird are dark). :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:48 am

Hi Arks, I will try and help the best I can.

I believe this is an African Reed-Warbler. The eyebrow is not as distinct as it would be with Lesser Swamp Warbler. Lesser Swamp Warbler tends to be a bit more whitish on the underparts than Reed-Warbler.

Also taking into account that the other Swamp and Reed-Warblers don't really feature in that part of the country. I would say African Reed-Warbler is your most likely suspect here.

Without a call though it is tough to give an 100% confirmed ID based on these photos.

Hope that helps in any way or form :)

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:31 am

I think that this is a warbler but I'm not at all sure which ... possibly a lesser swamp warbler? Seen at Strandfontein (Cape Town) in early January 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:34 am

Again you have a choice of only two birds, arks. In effect I inferring that you picked the wrong one. The extent of the eyebrow is the major and defining clue...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:49 am

I think that my other choice must then be African reed warbler?
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