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    These ruff can play a bit rough sometimes. This one was found at marievale early september and still has some of its breeding plumage
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    Default falcon of sorts

    Hello manne,

    Kan anyone help me with this guy please. Found him at a flippen cold and overcast Marieval ths morning. Closest I hesitate to guess is imm black shouldered kite??

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    Indeed, it is a juv Black Shouldered Kite.

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    Default Longclaw - Busanga in Kafue NP

    This Longclaw is commonly referred to in Zambia as the Fulleborn's Longclaw yet I fail to see the diff with the Yellow-throated Longclaw.
    Would love it to be a Fulleborn's!

    Any opinions
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    I think you are correct in presumming it to be a Fulleborn's. Look at the size of the white on the tail, no streakink on the breast below the black band and a whitish fringe behind the black band on the sides and back of the bird.

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    Thanks Gerrie!
    The differences you highlighted are clear when you compare it to Warwicks images
    The streaking is key to correctly distinguish between the two which I struggled with last night.
    Chamberlain's Birds of Africa South of the Sahara is very handy but can also be somewhat misleading...the 2 Yellow Longclaws on pg 366 as an example.
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    Default Again not so good photos

    Please help with identification. The photos is not very good, but maybe someone does recognise this bird. I really struggle with the 55-250mm lens.



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    The first photot is of a male Red-back Shrike.

    The second one is of either a male Klaas's Cuckoo or a male Didireck's Cuckoo. Looking at the amount of white on the wings, my final vote would be for Diderick's.

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    Gerrie, thanks very much. I'll have a look in my birdbook. I acctually thought it's the same bird, being in the same tree. Still got a lot to learn.
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    Default More birds

    One thing I must admit, is that I have an uphill battle identifying birds. I sometimes end up paging right through my bird books and still end up clueless. Please help.
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    2nd one seems like a white tailed shrike >hope you where in namibia>
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    JK, yes we were in Namibia. The first and second photo were taken at Opuvo. The third one at the Petrified Forrest.
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    Thanks so much Simon. Can I now start posting the raptors? They are so confusing.
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    Rietvlei dam heavely overcast conditions today. Am I correct in my assumption that this sis a juv red backed shrike That bill seems to be very much shrike like

    Will appreciate any help.

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    Raptors for me, are very difficult to identify as most books only show them in flight. Please help with these two.


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    Hi Leon

    The female Red-backed Shrike also looks like this. The drawing of the female in Roberts field guide and the Roberts PDA software is not very good - rather refer at SASOL.


    Quote Originally Posted by swainsons View Post
    Rietvlei dam heavely overcast conditions today. Am I correct in my assumption that this sis a juv red backed shrike That bill seems to be very much shrike like

    Will appreciate any help.

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    Default Red Backed Shrike?

    Can anyone help me ID this bird please? Spotted at Sani Pass, SA border post on Sunday.

    I think it is a Red Backed Shrike (Rooirug Laksman), but I am not 100% sure.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    One thing I must admit, is that I have an uphill battle identifying birds. I sometimes end up paging right through my bird books and still end up clueless. Please help.
    Hi Spook, I had the same problem - trying to find the bird in a book was a real schlep. Just bought Sasol eBirds ($29.99) for my iPod Touch (also available for iPad and iPhone and a number of Windows Mobile PDA's). The smart search helps you narrow it down considerably by selecting region, habitat (where you saw it), beak type, bird size and then you can compare all the likely suspects. Todd. PS: It also has the bird call audio and allows side by side picture comparisons.

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    Todd, I did start thinking in that direction. Looks the way to go. Thanks
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