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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

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Unread post by francoisd » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:24 pm

Those small brown birds so many of us battle to identify, affectionately named Little Brown Jobs or LBJs for short by birders, can really be a pain especially if you want to increase the bird sightings list of your last trip.

Use this area to post photos of those LBJs you find difficult to identify and maybe some of the forum members might be able to be of assistance.

Remember only LBJs here. If you need a raptor identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Albert » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:47 am

Need some help with this one: Warbler (I think), seen at Camdeboo NP on 23/01/2017.
This warbler was zipping along the trunk and branches of Acacia (Vachelia) trees in the Lakeview campsite.
The quality of the photograph is a result of the fact that the damn bird would not sit still for a second.
This behaviour, as well as the supercilium extending to well behind the eye suggests WIllow Warbler; but what I know about warblers is dangerous; so all help is welcome! :lol:

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:03 pm

Spot on Albert, Willow Warbler it is.

The yellowish front edge of the wing is quite a good quick feature to id it on.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Tdgraves » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:39 pm

Hi, some help needed please. I thought that this was a cisticola, but my book says that they all have horn coloured bills, so now I am stuck! Seen near Mabula, January

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:14 am

Not sure about the bill colour as an id feature but I'd go with a Ratlting Cisticola.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:22 pm

Is this a Desert Cisticola?


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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:12 pm

There was discussion today whether this is an Olive-tree Warbler or a Common White Troat.
I've looked at both, but I think it is the Whitethroat?
Zaagkuildrift road.

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:51 am

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

One of my bogeys... pinkish legs and the light brown belly points away from olive-tree warbler (grey legs/feet and white belly). I'm going to give Zaagkuildrift a shot this week as my wheels are functional again! I've been sidelined: Landy with water-on-the-brain...
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:56 am

Karin Mitton wrote:Is this a Desert Cisticola?


Zitting I think...
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:58 am

wildtuinman wrote:Not sure about the bill colour as an id feature but I'd go with a Ratlting Cisticola.


Agree... juvenile rattlers have that yellow bill.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:15 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
Karin Mitton wrote:Is this a Desert Cisticola?


Zitting I think...


Thanks. Desert would have been a lifer :| but at least I finally have a photo of the Zitting! :dance:

Johan van Rensburg wrote::mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

One of my bogeys... pinkish legs and the light brown belly points away from olive-tree warbler (grey legs/feet and white belly). I'm going to give Zaagkuildrift a shot this week as my wheels are functional again! I've been sidelined: Landy with water-on-the-brain...


Thanks!
We also saw a white-faced owl there - about 10km from the eastern entrance in the trees on the left. Good luck in finding it though! I still don't know how the guy saw it!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Tdgraves » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:14 am

Thanks guys!
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:18 pm

I spent most of last night and this morning with this one, but I have no idea.
Bad photo of the body and head.

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And a photo to show the tail

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:02 pm

I can't say more than juvie firefinch with the info in these pix...
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