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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    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.
    Where did you get Sasol eBirds for Ipod Touch? My last communications with PDA Solutions (who developed the software) said they had no plans to port it to Winmo 6.5 and above, never mind iPod
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Where did you get Sasol eBirds for Ipod Touch? My last communications with PDA Solutions (who developed the software) said they had no plans to port it to Winmo 6.5 and above, never mind iPod
    Scratch that - it seems mydigitalearth has done the porting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Raptors for me, are very difficult to identify as most books only show them in flight. Please help with these two.
    Not going to guess on 1 - too indistinct - but I'll say 2 is a Booted Eagle (feathered legs and the white patch in the shoulder, amongst others)
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    Thanks Simon. Guess I should try harder when taking photos. That way it might be easier to identify.
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    Default Unidentified bird

    Found this bird in Addo NP. Can't seem to identify it from any books. Any thoughts?
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    Juvenile Fiscal Shrike.
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    Default Dusky or spotted flycatcher

    Dusky or spotted flycatcher??, found him/ her at Rietvlei outside Pretoria.??

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    Difficult, have you got a side view with full wing.

    Excellent shots by the way!

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    Hello Bertie,

    This is best sideview I have....Think the wet feathers make it a tough call...

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    Leon yes, this wet chicken of yours is a real challenge...what about Zitting Cistocola?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swainsons View Post
    Hello Bertie,

    This is best sideview I have....Think the wet feathers make it a tough call...

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    The streaky forehead is a dead giveaway
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    The streaky forehead is a dead giveaway
    And its is a...........?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuwefarmer View Post
    And its is a...........?
    Spotted Flycatcher. Did you hear it call Leon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Spotted Flycatcher. Did you hear it call Leon?
    No. To busy fiddling with camera and trying to get into position to have noticed, and seconds later a malachite arrived and the "bokkoors" (or voel koors) really set in...

    Thanks Simon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by swainsons View Post
    No. To busy fiddling with camera and trying to get into position to have noticed, and seconds later a malachite arrived and the "bokkoors" (or voel koors) really set in...

    Thanks Simon....
    Leon

    I'm going to offer an opinion which perhaps some people may take as arrogance or opinionated, least because bird and wildlife photography don't interest me at all - I am more into landscapes and fine art (and doing an ordinary job of it)

    BUT.. let me state that I have been on this forum since year dot... and out of anyone who has posted images here, you are unequivocally the most improved! From relatively ordinary pictures when you started, you are producing excellent photos now. But to step to the next level, I believe you need to engage with the animals (and birds) you are photographing. This statement really reinforces that (and you perhaps admit it)

    , and seconds later a malachite arrived and the "bokkoors" (or voel koors) really set in...
    I'm willing to bet if you spent 5 days trying to photograph a single species (or even a single bird) you'd produce even better photos than trying to get everything you see from a hide in a single day. Think of photography as wine tasting... only sample a single cultivar in a day - not everything you can.

    I have seen people boast 500 to 1000 photos a day in the Kruger. yeah..so what? I'm glad you're not one of them and you really do focus (excuse the pun) on taking good photos. 50 considered photos in a day with 5 "hits" is way better than 1000 and prayer that one is a hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post

    ... and out of anyone who has posted images here, you are unequivocally the most improved! From relatively ordinary pictures when you started, you are producing excellent photos now. ..........
    I agree, well done Leon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Leon

    I'm willing to bet if you spent 5 days trying to photograph a single species (or even a single bird) you'd produce even better photos than trying to get everything you see from a hide in a single day. Think of photography as wine tasting... only sample a single cultivar in a day - not everything you can.

    Good luck
    Hey Simon,

    You right, and I am heeding your advise.... You see, I have come to realise that taking good pics is one helluva task, and time behind camera is of paramount importance, just so many factors to consider to find that millisecond of brilliance.

    Thank God I enjoy it tremendously.....Even when I dont get the shot....

    All the best.

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    Can anyone help in identifying this one?

    I think it is either a Plover or a Dikkop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by C Africa View Post
    Can anyone help in identifying this one?

    I think it is either a Plover or a Dikkop.


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    You sure? I had a look at the pictures of the courser and it doesn't look similar?

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