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#41 Tanya_in_Kenya

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:14 PM

So......do you think we're ALL right about the cryptic weaver? :)

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 03:32 PM

ok having gone back through the photos and my bird book I think I must have mis-filed a couple of photos (including this one) and now agree its a black headed weaver.

OK as you're all obviously better at bird identification than me, I think an LBJ might be appropriate for a later challenge :)


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Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:09 PM

I like how the game is going. We're learning here!

Another one:

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:11 PM

Slightly off topic...

I hope that you are not posting this from Paris :)

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:18 PM

Fire finch?
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 05:18 PM

Red-billed Firefinch

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:01 PM

Slightly off topic...

I hope that you are not posting this from Paris ;)


Of course not!

Then that would be a lovebird! :D

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:10 PM

Nyamera; close but which type?

Edit; I see Nyama has got it completely right.

The red-billed firefinch can be easily mistaken with...

- the African firefinch (grey bill)
- the bar-breasted firefinch (blue-grey eyering, not yellow)
- the Jameson's firefinch (grey bill as well, and bluish feet)

Your turn, Nyama!

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:44 PM

Sums up the problem with birding to me - the same bird is known by different names in different places.



I found that when I contributed quite a lot of bird photos to an online bird data base. They listed some of my pics under different names. The Melba finch/green-winged pytilia was one of them (though to be fair, they used both names-- I had forgotten the second name because it was so long ago). The data base incidentally hasn't been updated for many months now-- I think the owner has had personal problems-- but I think it contains images for about half the world's species. It's called the World Bird Gallery.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:57 PM

Your turn, Nyama!

This means that I had to search and scan some slides. Currently no time for this. Maybe someone else could jump in?

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:10 AM

I'll jump in with something completely different.....what's this?

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:24 AM

Can it be confused with this??

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:30 AM

Or Maybe this?

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:39 AM

Not the first picture - completely different type of bird and different environment...


Possibly could be confused with the second which is VERY similar! (Where was this second image photographed, out of interest? In a dry country environment or near water? There is a clue here too by the way!)

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:46 AM

Looks like a thick-knee. We have one in Oz called a bush thick-knee or bush stone-curlew.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:59 AM

Looks like a thick-knee. We have one in Oz called a bush thick-knee or bush stone-curlew.


Thick-knee is right....but that's not enough - we need the specific kind!

(This bird is also known by another name, just to confuse the issue, but either one will do, as long as it's the full name....)

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:38 AM

Water thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:13 AM

I could be wrong.
We call this bird with the big eye a dikkop. I am not sure if I am mistaken.
The other one is much bigger and is a Khoraan.
Do you call this a water dikkop?

The photo? where did I take it? In deep dark Africa while stalking through the bird park in Cape Town.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:22 AM

John's right - so is Dikdik: This is a Water Thick-knee a.k.a. Water Dikkop .... over to you, chaps! :)

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:28 AM

You go first, Dikdik. I've already had one illegal go :)





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