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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1460 on: April 23, 2020, 07:42:15 pm »
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1461 on: April 24, 2020, 01:39:52 pm »
Question here from an absolute newby... How do you guys identify birds not known to you? Is there a type of database one could look through?

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1462 on: April 24, 2020, 02:05:31 pm »
Question here from an absolute newby... How do you guys identify birds not known to you? Is there a type of database one could look through?

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Certain characteristics place the birds into particular groups. By identifying the shape of beak, or what they feed on etc will give a clearer indication of where to start looking in the books you choose. Great pastime.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1463 on: April 24, 2020, 03:19:36 pm »
Love birding.....can get very challenging when you get into the smaller birds and it becomes tricky due to the differences between male and female, mature and juvenile, breeding and non-breeding, etc. Then there is the eagles and other birds of prey which sometimes are really difficult to ID - many times from their feathers in flight. No so easy, but lekker. Highly recommended for a hobby.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1464 on: April 24, 2020, 06:31:42 pm »
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
In my previous home, we once had a goshawk inside the house and spotted all sorts of sparrowhawks, buzzards and harrier-hawks, but that was because we fed the pigeons, and the birds of prey like a pigeon snack. Now we are at the coast and it's relatively bleak, but there are kestrels and falcons in the area. They usually like the tall blocks of flats, but for some reason, this kestrel decided he's ok with double-storey height only.

The kestrel you helped looked like a real sweetie! It's odd how birds will sometimes be quite chill when they're ill. We used to feed the guinea fowl too and they were quite skittish, but one was sick, so she'd come begging. We eventually caught her and took her to a local bird vet.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1465 on: April 29, 2020, 04:51:54 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1466 on: May 03, 2020, 10:05:58 am »
African Olive Pigeon (Rameron Pigeon)
We have a pair that nest in our garden, didnt see them for about 2 years, but they are back!
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1467 on: May 03, 2020, 11:38:07 am »
African Olive Pigeon (Rameron Pigeon)

Beautiful birds.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1468 on: May 05, 2020, 09:39:00 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1469 on: May 07, 2020, 12:27:41 pm »
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
In my previous home, we once had a goshawk inside the house and spotted all sorts of sparrowhawks, buzzards and harrier-hawks, but that was because we fed the pigeons, and the birds of prey like a pigeon snack. Now we are at the coast and it's relatively bleak, but there are kestrels and falcons in the area. They usually like the tall blocks of flats, but for some reason, this kestrel decided he's ok with double-storey height only.

The kestrel you helped looked like a real sweetie! It's odd how birds will sometimes be quite chill when they're ill. We used to feed the guinea fowl too and they were quite skittish, but one was sick, so she'd come begging. We eventually caught her and took her to a local bird vet.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1470 on: May 10, 2020, 06:53:28 pm »
Jangroentjie enjoying some nectar from the Cape Honeysuckle. Winter is approaching when they appear.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1471 on: May 10, 2020, 07:27:51 pm »
Stunning photo :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1472 on: May 10, 2020, 09:15:15 pm »
Here is another jangroentjie taking a bath this morning. note the unusual colours. I have never seen such colours before.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1473 on: May 11, 2020, 07:03:54 am »
Jangroentjie enjoying some nectar from the Cape Honeysuckle. Winter is approaching when they appear.

Beautiful.