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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Thanks Riaan, your part of the world, as ex Natal Parks Board staff we get to book the staff bushcamp, every June we meet my family there, they come up from Kloof. Last year was really lousy weather the wind was blowing and all the game was in hiding. So hoping the lekker weather holds. Might sneak a day or two to Mkuze I went to the Pretoria botanical gardens on Sunday, got 2 new birds - cut throat finch and streaky headed seedeater - photographic bird count now 494
    That count is getting really big! I am at 290 now so catching up but very slowly.

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    Please assist -- Seen near Vaalwater in the Waterberg. I think it is a familiar chat?
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    I am guessing here
    Some sort of fly catcher?Pied?
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    Familiar Chat is correct

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    Thanks!

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    and I am at 500 birds photographed but my photo's on this last trip are really lousy, no idea what I did wrong. I also lost the plot with bird calls and id and made some really bad errors .... some of them coming up

    But first one - need some GUIDEance on this - Greater Honeyguide - Umfolozi
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    Not sure on this guy - again Umfolozi seems to have yellowish throat and eyebrow
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    Vultures - without seeing the wing spots and white back how do you tell the cape and white backed apart - i see cape have yellow eyes but juv has dark eyes. Then do juv lappets have feathers on their heads
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    Confirmation please - Yellow bellied eremomela ? - one of my new ones - Umfolozi again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Vultures - without seeing the wing spots and white back how do you tell the cape and white backed apart - i see cape have yellow eyes but juv has dark eyes. Then do juv lappets have feathers on their heads
    Those patches of bare skin each side of the breast evident in the first and second shots are apparently indicative of Cape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Not sure on this guy - again Umfolozi seems to have yellowish throat and eyebrow
    Non-breeding Southern Red Bishop?

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    Thanks Peter if its the Cape then it makes my count 501 but i am not sure - we saw a lot of "nesting" vultures in trees and I can kick myself for not paying better attention. I also thought the bald patch distinguished them but then saw this - "The two prominent bare skin patches at the base of the neck, also found in the white-backed vulture, are thought to be temperature sensors and used for detecting the presence of thermals" - Im going to go thro all my pic's again and see if I can pick something up. Need a bit of time - they had to wipe my hard drive and re-install earlier software on my apple - my pics are secure (they on an external drive) and my lightroom catalogue is good, but i think I need to build previews again as when the external drive is not plugged in my earlier pic's don't show in lightroom. So haven't figured out how to do this yet with 75000 pic's. If the external drive is plugged in its fine the pic's are there and the latest pic's I imported are showing even if the external drive is not connected.

    Thanks shfish - good call on non breeding bishop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Confirmation please - Yellow bellied eremomela ? - one of my new ones - Umfolozi again
    Correct! Congrats on breaking 500! That is quite an achievement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Vultures - without seeing the wing spots and white back how do you tell the cape and white backed apart - i see cape have yellow eyes but juv has dark eyes. Then do juv lappets have feathers on their heads
    Lekker difficult one. Let's start with the easiest - last pic is a juvenile White-headed Vulture in my opinion (blue and red bill).

    My first reaction to both the other pics were White-backed Vulture. But here's what you can do. In the second pic - push up the exposure a bit and see if the eye is yellow. Then zoom in on the line between the lighter and the darker feathers on the shoulder/outer wing. If the line of feathers are dark-centered it is a Cape Vulture.

    The Cape Vultures I've photographed have all had a noticeable blue tint to the skin colour, which I don't see here. I have also seen the shoulder patches on White-Backed, but it wasn't blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    and I am at 500 birds photographed but my photo's on this last trip are really lousy, no idea what I did wrong. I also lost the plot with bird calls and id and made some really bad errors .... some of them coming up

    But first one - need some GUIDEance on this - Greater Honeyguide - Umfolozi
    Correct - juvenile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceway View Post
    Vultures - without seeing the wing spots and white back how do you tell the cape and white backed apart - i see cape have yellow eyes but juv has dark eyes. Then do juv lappets have feathers on their heads
    I would say that's an immature White-headed vulture and not a lappet-face, look at the beaks colours?

    Ah just saw Piet also suggested it
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    Thanks Gif, I need some Vulture education / close ups - planning on booking the hide at Vulpro - near Harties for the 13 July - Saturday. I will send them email then forward to you, you welcome to join or anyone else. I just cant remember where the sun rises in comparison to the hide.
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    Can I join you please?

    Been meaning to return for a long time!
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    Sure Peter I have sent Kerri an email - as soon as I get reply will let you know

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    Thank you very much.
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