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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1560 on: February 25, 2021, 04:42:50 am »
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.  :)
I am also curious, please let us know what they say.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1561 on: February 25, 2021, 04:02:35 pm »
Ok, someone replied, and they're also baffled. They're now contacting some other people at different universities...  ;D

They also initially suggested a fungus, but it's definitely not a fungus. I found another orange like this, but still attached to the tree.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1562 on: February 26, 2021, 06:45:50 pm »
Someone just got back to me and said it's highly likely to be roof rats. A woodpecker is possible but not very likely. They are continuing to investigate.  ;D
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1563 on: March 27, 2021, 10:01:45 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1564 on: March 28, 2021, 05:30:56 am »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1565 on: March 28, 2021, 06:20:37 am »
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We got to see a lot of them in Marloth Park some weeks ago - they were following a group of Fork-tailed Drongos (Mikstertbyvangers) that was feasting on small flying ants exiting from a couple of nests.

In the second video, you can catch a glimpse of an African Paradise Flycatcher in the mix of the feast - at around 7sec.



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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1566 on: March 28, 2021, 12:21:48 pm »
Beautiful Cut-Throat Finch in the garden this morning - not a great pic, still saving for a camera...
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« Reply #1567 on: March 28, 2021, 07:20:21 pm »
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« Reply #1568 on: March 31, 2021, 08:14:45 am »
I went and bought a better "mik-en-klik" for my garden critters.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1569 on: April 05, 2021, 08:21:08 am »
Blue Waxbill - Gewone Blousysie
African Firefinch (Blue-billed) - Kaapse Vuurvinkie
Red-headed Finch - Rooikopvink
Brown-Hooded Kingfisher (juvenile) - Bruinkopvisvanger
Crowned Lapwing - Kroonkiewiet
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1570 on: April 05, 2021, 11:10:57 pm »
Hi VM. About that last photo of the guinea fowl. Aparently they go white like that if kept in captivity, and will then go sterile. Do you know if this lot was captive?
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« Reply #1571 on: April 06, 2021, 05:32:26 am »
Hi VM. About that last photo of the guinea fowl. Aparently they go white like that if kept in captivity, and will then go sterile. Do you know if this lot was captive?

These are on a family plot and are somewhat "tame" as they get some grain in the afternoons and are well aware of the afternoon treat, but they are not captive and have the run of the area beyond the plot border fencing.
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« Reply #1572 on: April 16, 2021, 04:03:59 pm »
We've had a single barbet visit our garden every day for the last few weeks. Does anyone know if there's something I can do to make the guy more at home?

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1573 on: April 16, 2021, 06:52:47 pm »
We've had a single barbet visit our garden every day for the last few weeks. Does anyone know if there's something I can do to make the guy more at home?

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Not really. Breeding season is over. They use dead branches of trees to make holes for nesting.

Depending on which barbet is visiting, you could put some fruit or suet out but is also likely to attract those pesky vervets. Nail an apple or orange half to a tree trunk and see what happens.

Get yourself a cut off length of palm trunk or wild banana and tie it to a sheltered spot in the garden for next season. Pre-drill a small hole to encourage them to start the process.   
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1574 on: April 16, 2021, 09:43:21 pm »


Get yourself a cut off length of palm trunk or wild banana and tie it to a sheltered spot in the garden for next season. Pre-drill a small hole to encourage them to start the process.   


I'll definitely do that, thanks. Palm or banana, is that just because they're softer, or is that what the Barbets are after?

Haven't got a clear enough pic, but I'm pretty sure it's a Crested Barbet.

I'll put a fruit out tomorrow and wait patiently with my paintball gun for the mynahs to arrive



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« Reply #1575 on: April 17, 2021, 06:39:10 am »

Palm or banana, is that just because they're softer, or is that what the Barbets are after?

Haven't got a clear enough pic, but I'm pretty sure it's a Crested Barbet.

I'll put a fruit out tomorrow and wait patiently with my paintball gun for the mynahs to arrive


Just because they're easier to make a hole into. I think some of the nurseries should stock sisal logs as well.

If it's a Crested barbet then they quite often feed on the ground grabbing insects and garden snails.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1576 on: April 17, 2021, 06:10:31 pm »
The Crowned Lapwing I know as Crowned Plover.  Kiewiet in both cases.
Here in the Cape Peninsular area they used to be common.  On all the golf courses & most school playing fields.  Up until around 2000. Now they are gone.  I believe it is the Pied Crows that have increased in numbers dramatically who have taken the eggs & chicks.  Blacksmith Plovers mob the crows when they approach so they have not been affected.  I live within sight of the Green Point Common.  When I moved here you heard the Crowned Plovers on moonlight nights but no more.  I am really sad they have gone.
 

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« Reply #1577 on: April 17, 2021, 06:26:24 pm »
The Crowned Lapwing I know as Crowned Plover.  Kiewiet in both cases.
Here in the Cape Peninsular area they used to be common.  On all the golf courses & most school playing fields.  Up until around 2000. Now they are gone.  I believe it is the Pied Crows that have increased in numbers dramatically who have taken the eggs & chicks.  Blacksmith Plovers mob the crows when they approach so they have not been affected.  I live within sight of the Green Point Common.  When I moved here you heard the Crowned Plovers on moonlight nights but no more.  I am really sad they have gone.

Very sad.

There is a Cape vulture colony nesting spot in Oribi Gorge area on the South Coast. The White -necked ravens actually try to force the rather docile vultures off their nests to get at the eggs. 
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1578 on: April 18, 2021, 07:05:08 am »
The Pied Crow I only ever saw down by the coast and in North, West and East Cape provinces, but they have started to roam on some open fields in GP, something that was very scarce not 5 years ago. I hope they do not have the same destructive outcome here as I have heard of from the Cape provinces.
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« Reply #1579 on: April 18, 2021, 07:28:56 am »
The Pied Crow I only ever saw down by the coast and in North, West and East Cape provinces, but they have started to roam on some open fields in GP, something that was very scarce not 5 years ago. I hope they do not have the same destructive outcome here as I have heard of from the Cape provinces.

I think they really flourished in the Karoo with all the roadkill.

Lockdown must have presented some challenges and being so intelligent they would be targeting any other source of food which has a devastating effect on the local wildlife/birdlife.

Some years ago I was in Djibouti for a few months and saw how the House crows had taken over.

I was sitting at breakfast in the hotel when a group of them rousted a nightjar and had it cornered against the windows. I dashed out, popped it in my hat and finished my meal much to the amusement of the staff and guests.

Dropped it off in a quiet spot later on the way to work.