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#21 johnkok

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

Egyptian goose
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Egyptian goose upside down


It's name is Egyptian Goose, but it's actually a duck, whether upside down or not :D

Edited by johnkok, 11 November 2012 - 11:08 AM.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

Just returning to the pied crows thing, coincidentally three days ago I watched pied crows mobbing a hawk that wasn't apparently too bothered and wondered what it was all about. The question is what are they doing together so frequently at all? Or is it simply coincidence?

And my related question is...... Are there reasons other than stealing prey or protection of nests or territory (the same thing?) that birds would mob other birds?


It's name is Egyptian Goose, but it's actually a duck, whether upside down or not :D


So that means that my Mum did know more than our guide after all when she shouted "Ooh a duck". I will never live it down if she finds out. :lol:

Edited by pault, 31 October 2012 - 12:58 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:40 AM

What is the name of this bird?  He was photographed the first week of November in Sabi Sands, S,A.

 

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:31 AM

@Terry

 

It is an Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides Jardineii)


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:40 AM

It is an Arrowmarked Babbler.

 

Yep. What @mvecht said. He replied whilst I was typing.


Edited by Geoff, 14 December 2015 - 06:41 AM.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 07:26 AM

~ @Terry

 

I like your babbler photograph!

 

The rich green bokeh background is especially pleasing.

 

When visiting Sabi Sands for the first time, in October, I saw this species.

 

None of my images of it approach the loveliness of yours.

 

It seems that both @mvecht and @Geoff were quick on the draw, simultaneously identifying it.

 

I would have appreciated their assistance when I first spotted it, as I had no idea what it might be.

 

Thank you for posting the photo.

 

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:25 PM

@mvecht  @Tom Kellie, @Geoff

 

Thank you all for helping name the babbler!    I have one last bird I need help naming from our safari which I photographed the last week in October in the northwestern end of Madikwe at the Bush House, truly a green oasis with flowering trees and little ponds to entice the birds.

 

Actually I have pictures of two different birds, but I suspect one is a female or an juvenile and the other is a male of the same species.

 

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 01:35 PM

@Terry

 

I am sorry, no quick answer from me.

@inyathi @soukous  Maybe you can help?


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:33 PM

 Does anybody think it is possible that this is a River Warbler (locustella fluviatilis) which is dark brown with slightly paler underparts. diffuse streaking on the throat and breast? Or some other similar warbler? 

 

It's not perfect a perfect match to the description of its habitat  in my S.A. bird books, but it does have a light eye ring around a dark eye, and orange bill with a dark spot on top and red legs.  Juvenile is warmer rufus above and creamy buff below. The River Warbler breeds in eastern Europe and winters in eastern Africa.

 

 A River Warbler forages on the ground and spends it's time in dense thickets near water. I did pay a price for walking under the thorn tree on The Bush House lawn to get these pictures.  I'd prefer, if I get to photograph another one, it be foraging on the ground.

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 09:15 AM

~ @Terry and @mvecht

 

Would you allow a complete amateur to conjecture?

 

Could the photos possibly depict Eremomela usticollis, Burnt-necked Eremomela?

 

The bill and plumage color, as well as the eye suggests Eremomela usticollis.

 

Of course, others with greater experience would be more authoritative.

 

Thank you for posting it, a species seldom featured anywhere.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 04:41 PM

Thank you, @Tom Kellie, I believe you are correct when you call this the Burnt-necked Eremomela.  I have a couple of more pictures which show the rusty throat patch more clearly.  Most importantly, the acacia and dry riverbed habitat is correct for the bird I photographed.

 

Thanks again for helping with the identification. And no. I don’t believe you are a complete amateur.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 05:41 PM

 

Thank you, @Tom Kellie, I believe you are correct when you call this the Burnt-necked Eremomela.  I have a couple of more pictures which show the rusty throat patch more clearly.  Most importantly, the acacia and dry riverbed habitat is correct for the bird I photographed.

 

Thanks again for helping with the identification. And no. I don’t believe you are a complete amateur.

 

~ @Terry

 

You've made my night!

 

With such skilled African bird experts as @Peter Connan, @inyathi and @mvecht, I feel abashed about raising my hand in class to answer a question.

 

Therefore it's a relief to know that my conjecture was useful.

 

Thanks for letting me know. I'm so unsure of myself about African birds, reptiles, mammals, insects or plants.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:43 AM

Hi,

 

Just back from a great trip to SA, Zim & Botswana during which we recorded over 100 different bird species.

 

But I'm finding the Eagles difficult to ID. Can anyone help with these two please

 

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Thanks for your feedback.

 

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:37 AM

i am a mere amateur but is the second one an African Hawk Eagle? and my guess for the top one is Wahlberg'seagle, @Columbarius but hopefully someone who knows what they are talking about will assist!



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

Thanks for the feedback Trowlers. I also suspect Hawk Eagle for #2, but I'm not sure.

 

I'm also struggling with this:

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The big yellow eye makes me think some species of Snake Eagle, but that's as far as I get.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:52 AM

I'm still struggling to identify the eagles (above). Any thoughts will be much appreciated, thanks.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:01 PM

@Columbarius I would think that your first eagle could possibly be a pale tawny but it could be Wahlberg's though the latter usually looks like it has a bit of a crest and I think the next bird probably is an African hawk eagle. As to what your final eagle is I'm not absolutely sure, at first glance just on the colour a pale Walhberg's seems like a possibility but it wouldn't have a bright yellow eye it would be brown and the shape doesn't look quite right. The very bright yellow eye and the shape of the bird do suggest a snake eagle, but this bird doesn't fit the descriptions given for any of the snake eagles in the books I've looked at. The Birds of Africa illustrates a brown snake eagle with a pale head although it's not shown as white as this bird appears to be, but doesn't describe the bird as having a pale head. My best guess would be that the bird is a brown snake eagle possibly a juvenile unless it's just an odd individual, a Google image search for brown snake eagle did produce a couple of images of birds looking somewhat like yours but I assume that such birds aren't that common. I can't otherwise understand why if it's a juvenile the books don't describe juvenile brown snakes as having white or pale heads and they don't suggest that adult birds do either. A bit of a mystery really but unless anyone else has a better suggestion I can only say brown snake eagle. 



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:54 AM

Thanks for your detailed feedback Inyathi. I think the African Hawk Eagle ID is pretty certain. The other two? I think I'd probably settle for Wahlberg's for #1, since Sasol gives the Tawny eye colour as yellow. But I agree with you #3 is a mystery. Anyway  thanks for looking.



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:54 PM

Hello again @Columbarius the book The Raptors Guide of Southern Africa has a photo of a "pale juvenile" Black Chested Snake Eagle that looks very like your third mystery Bird

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 06:06 PM

Hello again @Columbarius the book The Raptors Guide of Southern Africa has a photo of a "pale juvenile" Black Chested Snake Eagle that looks very like your third mystery Bird


Yeah looks like that's a good fit, bearing in mind that the head seems over exposed and so is probably looking paler than it actually is maybe?
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