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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1400 on: November 19, 2019, 03:06:17 pm »
these two have just finished breeding and have a cuddly chick.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1401 on: November 19, 2019, 04:06:45 pm »
these two have just finished breeding and have a cuddly chick.

Very pretty, DW.

Despite them being widespread, we don't get the Acacia barbets in southern KZN.
 

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« Reply #1402 on: November 19, 2019, 05:19:00 pm »
I have a pair in my garden that nest in an old yuka tree. They are very cool birds.
I have been calling them pied barbets all the years. 

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« Reply #1403 on: November 19, 2019, 05:20:32 pm »
Nice photo by the way.

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« Reply #1404 on: November 20, 2019, 06:41:06 am »

I have been calling the pied barbets all the years. 


I see the full name is Acacia Pied barbet  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1405 on: November 28, 2019, 04:41:11 pm »
Young Bateleur. the most beautiful bird.
Everyone should see these at least once in their live..
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« Reply #1406 on: November 29, 2019, 08:46:22 am »
I just googled the adult bird and they are stunning when the red appears on the beak and legs.
Where did you see this one dw1?
 

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« Reply #1407 on: November 29, 2019, 01:45:51 pm »
Saw that youngster in Kgalagadi in August.
Adult I saw in Etosha couple of years ago
they are stunning birds
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« Reply #1408 on: November 29, 2019, 02:41:41 pm »
That juvenile is a very sharp pic, DW.

The female is quite dull in comparison to the male bird.
 

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« Reply #1409 on: November 30, 2019, 12:36:47 pm »
Violet-backed starling delivering berries. Suspect it's for the female sitting on eggs.

Chicks would get a protein (insects) meal.
 

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« Reply #1410 on: November 30, 2019, 11:20:13 pm »
The female is quite dull in comparison to the male bird.

The dull bird is a juvenile. The bateleur is one of the few birds where the female looks as pretty as the male. The female, when perched, has a lighter band visible across the lower edge of the folded wing. The female's wings, from below, also have a smaller black band on the edge. In the first photo below, the female is the one on the left.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1411 on: December 01, 2019, 06:27:28 am »

The dull bird is a juvenile. The bateleur is one of the few birds where the female looks as pretty as the male. The female, when perched, has a lighter band visible across the lower edge of the folded wing. The female's wings, from below, also have a smaller black band on the edge. In the first photo below, the female is the one on the left.

Thanks for this. That one must have been the previous year's batch.

I see it takes them up to 7-8 yrs to attain full adult plumage.
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« Reply #1412 on: December 03, 2019, 09:25:22 pm »
Lapped Faced vulture
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1413 on: December 05, 2019, 02:23:45 pm »
Lapped Faced vulture

Mean beak on that fellow.

Three different woodpeckers in the garden this morning.

Golden-tailed, Cardinal and Olive.