Category: Passerines

29/01/08

what are these

Permalink 04:26:34 pm, Categories: Passerines  

Still under review - but we have some more information to hand now thanks to Hannu

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20/01/08

A lovely bird - but what is it?

Permalink 03:21:48 pm, Categories: Passerines  

ID CONFIRMED - Violet Turaco

We were late getting to Badaan this morning and were greeted by a group of eager farm workers who quickly pointed this stange fellow, out to us above one of the locations where we have a permanent ringing site. The workers told us it had arrived the evening before and had a very pleasant call. I only have a few African field guides here and the nearest thing to it I could find is a Violet Turaco - I might be barking up the wrong tree but think it is certainly closely related if that helps. We would love to here from anybody who can identify or confirm the species

unknown

unknown

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19/01/08

Warbler

Permalink 07:59:45 pm, Categories: Passerines  

This warbler was seen at Badaan Farm on the 18th - its certainly an early bird as most large Warbler types don't arrive until much later in the Year. If anybody has an ideas as to its ID we would like to hear from them - all these photos were taken in a matter of mins just after the bird had had a bath - I have more but these are the best

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

Warbler

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18/11/07

Lark ID solved

Permalink 05:50:44 am, Categories: Passerines  

I have been sent an annoted image of this bird with a list of features indicating that it is most probably no more than a Crested Lark, they are a very common species here, that evidence seems to prove this beyond a doubt. This just goes to show how bad light and distance can screw up ones ID skills even on birds that one is familiar with. Other suggestions where Woodlark, Skylark and Lesser Short-toed Lark, I thought myself at one time even Small Skylark - Alauda gulgula but that was wrong. Thanks everyone who has had a look.

Lark or Pipit

Lark or Pipit

For comparision - below are three pictures taken within the last week of our Crested Larks each at a different location and in different light.
Crested Lark

Crested Lark

Crested Lark

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12/05/07

Warbler ID

Permalink 14:54:40, Categories: Passerines  

This warbler has been the subject of much debate - on BirdForum (see here) the vote is heavily in favour of Upcher's however on the networks Olivaceous is in the lead. Personally I wouldn't vote for Eastern Olivaceous over an Upcher's It just doesn't look right somehow for either and we haven't eliminated other species altogether like a Booted Warbler - especially since AJ said it was small and flicked its tail. CLICK HERE for Booted
I have toned down the high sun glare on the original photos to give a softer more grey brown overall tone here.


Upcher's on the LEFT Olivaceous to the RIGHT approx to the same scale

Upchers
Upchers Warbler

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