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#1 Game Warden

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:32 PM

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:10 PM

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?


An African or European Swallow?
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:35 PM

:D South African Swallow Hirundo spilodera. :)
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

The answer that you seek lies here: http://style.org/unladenswallow/

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:24 AM

This must be the Holy Grail of Safaritalk threads!
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:19 AM

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Almost killed my computer spewing my tea all over it. :lol:
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:53 AM

I thought it was a fitting first question for this thread ;)
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:05 AM

And now for something completely different....

I recently read that African Harrier Hawks (Gymnogenes) sometimes fly in flocks with Pied Crows so as to avoid detection by their prey (or avoid detection by adult weavers who would protect their nests).
Despite having done a bit of research on the gymnogene (in one of the volumes of "Birds of Africa" and Roberts Birds), I had never heard of this before, and I can't say that I've ever witnessed it first hand. The house I grew up in had a resident gymnogene nearby who, with some regularity, raided the Baglafecht weavers' nests. There were also many Pied crows around, but I never noticed the connection between the two species.

Does anyone know more about this? Confirmations? Nay-sayers?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

And now for something completely different....

I recently read that African Harrier Hawks (Gymnogenes) sometimes fly in flocks with Pied Crows so as to avoid detection by their prey (or avoid detection by adult weavers who would protect their nests).
Despite having done a bit of research on the gymnogene (in one of the volumes of "Birds of Africa" and Roberts Birds), I had never heard of this before, and I can't say that I've ever witnessed it first hand. The house I grew up in had a resident gymnogene nearby who, with some regularity, raided the Baglafecht weavers' nests. There were also many Pied crows around, but I never noticed the connection between the two species.

Does anyone know more about this? Confirmations? Nay-sayers?


Can't say I have ever seen this. I have often witnessed African H-H getting mobbed by Pied Crows in The Gambia and there appears to be no love lost between them!
I fall in the nay-sayer camp! :ph34r:

Edited by Rainbirder, 16 October 2012 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:14 AM

This photo was taken at Okaukeujo in August this year. This small bird was constantly flitting in the treetop next to our chalet.

My best guess is a Tinkling Cisticola, what do the experts think?


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:18 PM

Unfortunately I'm not that familiar with the birds in tht area (actually, I don't even knw where that area is!), but my firs impression was very prinia. Tinkling cist should have a streaked back, I believe. If you're sure it's a cisticola, are you in lazy range there? Otherwise the reddish eye hits at TFP to me...

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:51 PM

Can someone please identify this bird for me? It was taken at Chitabe camp in the Okavango delta. it may be very common for all I know?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:51 PM

Egyptian goose.

They are actually quite common, but there are a lot of common birds that I never seem to learn.

Edited by Pangolin, 26 October 2012 - 07:51 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:08 PM

Thank you. We tried to remember the names of all of the beautiful birds that we saw but were ultimately overwhelmed by the number of new to us sightings. That also applies to some of the grazers / browsers as well. I'm still going through photos (took far too many) and my level of confusion is mounting. Perhaps, when I finish the trip report, I'll post pictures in it and ask members here to tell me what we're looking at. :blink:
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:08 PM

This photo was taken at Okaukeujo in August this year. This small bird was constantly flitting in the treetop next to our chalet.

My best guess is a Tinkling Cisticola, what do the experts think?


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Like TZ I'm pretty sure this is not a Cisticola -the bill looks wrong.
It is very Prinia-like but seems to be showing a lot of yellow in the underparts and looks brighter than I would expect for a Tawny-flanked Prinia. The image doesn't show the front of the bird but there is the slightest hint of black feathering where the neck feathers join the (hidden) upper chest and so I wondered whether this could be a Black-chested Prinia (Prinia flavicans). Do you have any additional images?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:00 PM

Thank you. We tried to remember the names of all of the beautiful birds that we saw but were ultimately overwhelmed by the number of new to us sightings. That also applies to some of the grazers / browsers as well. I'm still going through photos (took far too many) and my level of confusion is mounting. Perhaps, when I finish the trip report, I'll post pictures in it and ask members here to tell me what we're looking at. :blink:


No worries. We Pacific Northwesterners need to stick together and look out for each other. B)
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:10 PM

I too thought this might be a juvenile Black-chested Prinia. However, my field guide says: "In non-breeding plumage, when breast band is much reduced or absent, could be mistaken for Tawny-flanked Prinia, but lacks russet edges to its wing and tail feathers." This guy seems to have that russet coloration especially in its wings which I think might be diagnostic for Tawny. It also says juvenile Tawny is washed yellow below. Hope Pol has a frontal view showing the neck.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:34 AM

TZbirder, Rainbirder and Ovenbird thanks so much for your help. Here is another photo of the bird, not a good one though. I agree, its most likely a black chested prinia.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 09:03 AM

Can someone please identify this bird for me? It was taken at Chitabe camp in the Okavango delta. it may be very common for all I know?

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Egyptian goose
and
Egyptian goose upside down

Edited by dikdik, 27 October 2012 - 09:05 AM.

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