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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1540 on: February 09, 2021, 12:39:14 pm »
Can anyone help to identify the bird from the attached recording (link to SoundCloud)? Since I moved in about 18 months ago, this has been driving me nuts - I can never see the bastard, and I thought I knew the calls of all birds in my area! I live close to a stream and dam with reeds.

https://soundcloud.com/growweblaar/bird-call-somerset-west-wc-south-africa

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It's a Little Rush Warbler.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1541 on: February 09, 2021, 01:09:57 pm »
Gee, thanks guys, it is indeed a Little Rush Warbler (Afr: Kaapse Vleisanger). Now to just spot one in the reeds...

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1542 on: February 10, 2021, 10:55:40 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1543 on: February 11, 2021, 06:14:32 am »
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Aggro little shits when in breeding plumage. Chap I know was so tired of his chasing all the other birds away, so he caught it in his mist net, trimmed the tail and all was well.

They are also brood parasites using mainly Waxbills to raise their young.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1544 on: February 11, 2021, 01:26:44 pm »
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Common Waxbill
Lots of them around our place now.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1545 on: February 17, 2021, 09:54:44 pm »
Unusual visitor to our garden. Dont see them often here. Really beautiful bird and able to make quite a racket.
Kardinaal Speg. Cardinal woodpecker
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1546 on: February 18, 2021, 07:37:37 am »
Wat presies beteken die afrikaanse woord 'speg'. Ek meen, houtkapper sou mos maar gedoen het, hoekom nou met die nonsens woord voorendag kom?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1547 on: February 18, 2021, 03:43:43 pm »
In German we call them Specht - and possibly also in Dutch, so, presumably the Afrikaans word for them became Speg!
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1548 on: February 18, 2021, 04:30:42 pm »
In German we call them Specht - and possibly also in Dutch, so, presumably the Afrikaans word for them became Speg!
Ah, some background helps, thanks.
I think I'm going to stick to houtkapper, it makes sense to me.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1549 on: February 19, 2021, 08:23:30 am »
In German we call them Specht - and possibly also in Dutch, so, presumably the Afrikaans word for them became Speg!
Ah, some background helps, thanks.
I think I'm going to stick to houtkapper, it makes sense to me.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1550 on: February 19, 2021, 04:21:47 pm »
Took this pic now Yellow billed kite eating crab. Im a point and shoot guy so quality might be dodgy.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1551 on: February 19, 2021, 04:50:11 pm »
Well, you certainly shot it. The eye stands out nicely.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1552 on: February 19, 2021, 06:02:13 pm »
In German we call them Specht - and possibly also in Dutch, so, presumably the Afrikaans word for them became Speg!
Ah, some background helps, thanks.
I think I'm going to stick to houtkapper, it makes sense to me.

This is the other way round again. Pied Barbet in english and Bont Houtkapper in afrikaans.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1553 on: February 19, 2021, 08:04:13 pm »
these two showed me their little one today.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1554 on: Yesterday at 01:37:40 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1555 on: Yesterday at 06:00:19 pm »
Pardon me for butting in here... I need a bird ID in Florida, USA (not Florida, Gauteng  ;D), if anyone is able to help.

See the attached picture... has anyone seen this before? We find oranges like these under our orange tree in the morning. The prime suspect would be a woodpecker, I think? I've never seen anything like it.

The usual culprits can be ruled out, I think: raccoons, squirrels, rats, opossums, flying squirrels. I'm sure it must be a bird.

Thanks for any help!
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1556 on: Yesterday at 08:34:05 pm »
Pardon me for butting in here... I need a bird ID in Florida, USA (not Florida, Gauteng  ;D), if anyone is able to help.

See the attached picture... has anyone seen this before? We find oranges like these under our orange tree in the morning. The prime suspect would be a woodpecker, I think? I've never seen anything like it.

The usual culprits can be ruled out, I think: raccoons, squirrels, rats, opossums, flying squirrels. I'm sure it must be a bird.

Thanks for any help!
I do not think that is a bird (but I am guessing here).
The outside of the fruit seems scoured, and the holes are too regular. Also, the inside is eaten far too clean. I am thinking some kind of bug. Can you perhaps post a bigger, clearer picture of the damaged fruit?
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« Reply #1557 on: Yesterday at 08:40:28 pm »
Pardon me for butting in here... I need a bird ID in Florida, USA (not Florida, Gauteng  ;D), if anyone is able to help.

See the attached picture... has anyone seen this before? We find oranges like these under our orange tree in the morning. The prime suspect would be a woodpecker, I think? I've never seen anything like it.

The usual culprits can be ruled out, I think: raccoons, squirrels, rats, opossums, flying squirrels. I'm sure it must be a bird.

Thanks for any help!
I do not think that is a bird (but I am guessing here).
The outside of the fruit seems scoured, and the holes are too regular. Also, the inside is eaten far too clean. I am thinking some kind of bug. Can you perhaps post a bigger, clearer picture of the damaged fruit?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1558 on: Yesterday at 08:49:55 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1559 on: Yesterday at 10:03:08 pm »
Thanks Leon! Unfortunately this is the only picture I have.

I don't think it's snails - we've lived in this house for a few years now and have never seen snails anywhere, ever. However, we have tons of frogs...

I've e-mailed the picture to the agriculture department at the local university, they help people with their gardening issues. Let's see if they can ID this. I'll let you know what they say.

It's not  a problem, we don't eat these oranges, they're way to sour. I'm just intrigued.  :)