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Offline LeonDude

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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.

I'll keep you posted.
 

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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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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1567 on: March 28, 2021, 07:20:21 pm »
That Finch is a beauty
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« 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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Re: Birds of South Africa
« 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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