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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1700 on: August 16, 2021, 10:35:11 am »
@frankmac - what would you guess here? Marico Sunbird? That is my guess, but the girls look so much alike, definitely a tad bigger than the usually spotted White-breasted Sunbird.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1701 on: August 16, 2021, 10:58:25 am »
@frankmac - what would you guess here? Marico Sunbird? That is my guess, but the girls look so much alike, definitely a tad bigger than the usually spotted White-breasted Sunbird.

Haha, you're really putting me on a spot here. Pity we can't see her front but I think you may be right.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1702 on: August 16, 2021, 11:10:58 am »
I like White-bellied for the female Sunbird, mainly because the little we can see of the chest there doesn't seem to be any mottling or streaking which a Marico would have. Also a distinct plumage line. Try and get a better pic next time Jurie  ;)

I agree with Frank on Marico Flycatcher.

Otherwise lovely photos from both of you, thanks.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1703 on: August 16, 2021, 11:16:57 am »
I like White-bellied for the female Sunbird, mainly because the little we can see of the chest there doesn't seem to be any mottling or streaking which a Marico would have. Also a distinct plumage line. Try and get a better pic next time Jurie  ;)

I agree with Frank on Marico Flycatcher.

Otherwise lovely photos from both of you, thanks.

Thanks Rob.

A fairly knowledgeable friend agrees with you "I think this is White-bellied, almost pure white underneath, but not in a very good position, unfortunately. Marico is speckled underneath with a yellow wash
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1704 on: August 16, 2021, 11:26:34 am »
This guy was close by, but also could not get any good shot through the thicket
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« Reply #1705 on: August 16, 2021, 12:14:44 pm »
This guy was close by, but also could not get any good shot through the thicket

White-bellied male  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1706 on: August 16, 2021, 12:27:41 pm »
Very chuffed to see this young Crowned Eagle yesterday. Was being dive-bombed by a squadron of Red-winged starlings.

Those talons are something else.  :o
Comparing those talons to what looks like a banana leaf next to him, if he gets hold of you, things are going to get painful.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1707 on: August 16, 2021, 12:32:16 pm »
This guy was close by, but also could not get any good shot through the thicket

White-bellied male  :thumleft:

Marico
 

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« Reply #1708 on: August 16, 2021, 12:44:20 pm »
This guy was close by, but also could not get any good shot through the thicket

White-bellied male  :thumleft:

Marico

 :lol8: oh dear. Looked like an iridescent green back. 
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1709 on: August 16, 2021, 12:54:38 pm »
Nou ja!  :lol8: :patch:

I can with confidence say it was a Sunbird  :deal:
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1710 on: August 20, 2021, 11:19:03 am »
My Son in Law took this Pic on my Farm Yesterday. He reckons it is a Narina Trogon. Could it be ?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1711 on: August 20, 2021, 11:25:32 am »
It certainly looks like one to me. But I've never seen a live one, only pictures.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1712 on: August 20, 2021, 11:32:10 am »
It certainly looks like one to me. But I've never seen a live one, only pictures.
Neither have I, many of the Birdwatchers in the Area have also not seen one.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1713 on: August 20, 2021, 11:45:32 am »
Definitely a Narina Trogon, well done.

Where is the farm the photo was taken?
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1714 on: August 20, 2021, 11:53:54 am »
Next to the Wolkberg Caves Nature Reserve in the Lepelle Nkumpi District South of Haenertsburg, Limpopo.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1715 on: August 20, 2021, 12:06:49 pm »
Next to the Wolkberg Caves Nature Reserve in the Lepelle Nkumpi District South of Haenertsburg, Limpopo.

Should be fairly common in that area given the forests around Tzaneen. It is a difficult bird to find at it sits very still and normally with its back to you, so all you see is a green back against a green forest.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1716 on: August 20, 2021, 03:28:14 pm »
Laying in my tent in Moyowosi, Tanzania, aimlessly staring at the birds in the surrounding trees, a Narina Trogon lands not 3 meters away.

Needless to say it would have been impossible to get my camera, chances are he'd have scuppered, and knowing the rarity of seeing these guys I took the moment to enjoy it.

An amazing contrast of red and green. Have seen a fair number since then, but nowhere near as clear as that day.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1717 on: August 20, 2021, 06:21:50 pm »
Definitely a Narina Trogon, well done.

Where is the farm the photo was taken?

Without a doubt. I've put up a nesting box at home in the hope our annual visitor comes back.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1718 on: August 20, 2021, 06:24:25 pm »
My Son in Law took this Pic on my Farm Yesterday. He reckons it is a Narina Trogon. Could it be ?
Your location = Western Cape & it is your farm.  I was astounded - until you stated that the farm is actually near Tzaneen.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1719 on: August 20, 2021, 06:51:57 pm »
My Son in Law took this Pic on my Farm Yesterday. He reckons it is a Narina Trogon. Could it be ?
Your location = Western Cape & it is your farm.  I was astounded - until you stated that the farm is actually near Tzaneen.
It is a bit confusing Yes. ;) I am very interested in Trees but battle with the Birding, I don't know how and where to start but I often see big Eagles, Vultures, Kingfishers etc there, so I am keen to put an effort in as the Area is very unspoilt.
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