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Birds of South Africa
« on: November 14, 2011, 04:36:14 pm »
Birds of South Africa

Iíve had the thought of starting this thread for some time now. Going on tour we get to see a lot of birds, and Iíve often wondered about the different types and their names. Iím not really into birding, but I would like to know more about the birds that I do get to see.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011, 04:37:25 pm »
Cape Wagtail
Kwikkie
Motacilla capensis simplicissima.

Spotted at Bloemhof dam nature reserve on my way to the 2009 bash, this little guy was collecting grass for nest building.

Found from Kenya and eastern Zaire southwards to the Cape.

Source Ė Roberts Birds of South Africa
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011, 04:48:42 pm »
what a let down,
this thread had serious potential...
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011, 05:03:53 pm »
what a let down,
this thread had serious potential...
What were you expecting? For everything to just fall into your lap? Shees.  :eek7:
Like all other threads on this forum, it will become what the members make of it.
So stop thinking it's a let - down, and start adding your own input.

Ok so for the record - this thread is not just about birds that I have spotted. Everybody, please add your own pics and descriptions.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011, 05:08:21 pm »
Sorry not on a bike, Kgalagadi NP, Botswana side. Rooibors Laksman, if not mistaken ?
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2011, 05:15:50 pm »
Subscribed :thumleft:
Pity i got a lousy camera so rely on bino's & ticking off in the book.
Anyone know if the new Roberts(i think) book is out on the shelves yet?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011, 05:23:11 pm »
This looks like the Greater Striped Swallow.
Spotted at Allemanskraal Dam in the Freestate on the way back from the 2010 bash.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2011, 05:35:57 pm »
dont even ask me 
spotted in sondela
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2011, 05:37:52 pm »
granadella bird
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2011, 05:45:35 pm »
This one, as far as I can tell, is the Red Billed Hornbill. Spotted in the municipal camping ground at Marloth Park in August of 2010.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2011, 07:42:24 pm »
Leondude, it looks like Yellow bill horn bills


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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2011, 07:46:23 pm »
Pied kingfisher:



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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2011, 07:52:16 pm »
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)


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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2011, 07:59:45 pm »
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)




Awesome! :thumleft:

Maybe for the really pro shots (like Beltzer's), it would be cool if you could tells us what camera & lens you used. Settings as well if you want!

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2011, 08:11:13 pm »
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)




Awesome! :thumleft:

Maybe for the really pro shots (like Beltzer's), it would be cool if you could tells us what camera & lens you used. Settings as well if you want!

Different setting, depending on the light and stuff, I'm not a pro, i take LOTS of photos and 99% of them are crap, but the one that works makes it worth while (its like my golf). I have a 300mm, cheap canon lens.

The setting are normally low f-stops and high shutter speed, as birds move the whole time, but the light has to be right.

the Fish eagles was 200mm focal length, f/5.6 and 1/4000 shutter speed

the pied king fisher was 300MM, F/5.6 and 1/320 sec shutter speed
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2011, 09:44:37 pm »
Hi Leondude.

Good idea for a thread  :thumleft:

I think I'm in the same league as Beltzer, take a gazillion photo's and hope I get a few good ones  ;D

By the way, Leondude, I think the first photo you posted isn't a wagtail but rather a Whitebrowed Robin or possibly a kalahari robin. Check out the rufous (reddish) upper tail, the wagtail is all grey and has a definite black/grey breast band, not visible on your photo.

One of mine

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2011, 10:06:56 pm »
Thanks alli.
Identifying birds from photies is not the easiest thing, so I'm happy to be corrected.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2011, 10:11:46 pm »
Very interesting thread LD

I will dig out my collection of birds visited and seen from the saddle of my bike.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2011, 12:22:17 am »
Golden Tailed Woodpecker near Pilansberg, watched him for hours as he tapped away at the tree.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2011, 06:57:14 am »
Very interesting thread LD

I will dig out my collection of birds visited and seen from the saddle of my bike.

That might need re-phrasing....or is it just me?
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