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Tanya_in_Kenya

I'll jump in with something completely different.....what's this?

 

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Bugs

Can it be confused with this??

 

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Bugs

Or Maybe this?

 

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Tanya_in_Kenya

Not the first picture - completely different type of bird and different environment...

 

 

Possibly could be confused with the second which is VERY similar! (Where was this second image photographed, out of interest? In a dry country environment or near water? There is a clue here too by the way!)

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Guest John Milbank

Looks like a thick-knee. We have one in Oz called a bush thick-knee or bush stone-curlew.

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Tanya_in_Kenya
Looks like a thick-knee. We have one in Oz called a bush thick-knee or bush stone-curlew.

 

Thick-knee is right....but that's not enough - we need the specific kind!

 

(This bird is also known by another name, just to confuse the issue, but either one will do, as long as it's the full name....)

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Bugs

I could be wrong.

We call this bird with the big eye a dikkop. I am not sure if I am mistaken.

The other one is much bigger and is a Khoraan.

Do you call this a water dikkop?

 

The photo? where did I take it? In deep dark Africa while stalking through the bird park in Cape Town.

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Tanya_in_Kenya

John's right - so is Dikdik: This is a Water Thick-knee a.k.a. Water Dikkop .... over to you, chaps! :)

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Guest John Milbank

You go first, Dikdik. I've already had one illegal go :)

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Bugs

I was going to post a water dikkop but I will post this one. I am not joking. I was just about to post the dikkop and tanya did it for me!!! How did that happen?

 

 

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Game Warden

Dikdik, it just goes to show how in tune we all are here...

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Tanya_in_Kenya

Now this is a tough one! Looks like a seabird to me....not my forte....I hope it's a South African bird, then I have an excuse for not knowing it straight away (knowing my luck, it won't be!) :)

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predator

looks like an Oystercatcher to me but no idea what sort (not even certain it is an oystercatcher)

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Tanya_in_Kenya

I thought Oystercatcher too, but the only one I know is the Eurasian which has a white chest - so I haven't got a clue - I'm bowing out of this one and looking forward to hearing what it is....

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Bugs

How do you catch an oyster??? Stalk up to it? Chase it round and trip it up then grab it by the throat? :)

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Tanya_in_Kenya
How do you catch an oyster??? Stalk up to it? Chase it round and trip it up then grab it by the throat? :)

 

I believe so! :D

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Nyamera

Yellow-eyed oystercatcher? :)

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Bugs

I must be honest. I thought it was a black oyster catcher, but when I checked in the book the black oystercatcher has a red beak and is red around the eyes. So I was hoping someone would help me here, as the book does not have one with a yellow beak.

 

And, No! I did not photoshop the beak yellow.

 

I guess We should give this to Nyamera. Is there a yellow eyed oyster catcher??

 

I promise I will have the answer for you shortly.

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predator

It looks like the african black oystercatcher except the beak is the wrong colour. Cant see what else it can be though as everything else matches perfectly.

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Jochen

The oystercatcher I know is the Eurasian one. That one's lower parts are whitish. But is DOES have a yellow beak and a red eye AFAIK.

 

Could this be a juvenile? Or some kind of dimorphic species?

 

Or are you pulling our leg, DikDik? :) Is it from Africa? (as it resembles most the Sooty Oystercatcher, but that one's from Australia).

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Guest John Milbank
How do you catch an oyster??? Stalk up to it? Chase it round and trip it up then grab it by the throat? :)

 

 

Aim carefully and shell it :D

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Guest nyama

African black oystercatcher.

 

Illustrations in most field guides show this bird with red/dark-red bill and eye-ring, but in the texts it is described as having a "bright orange bill and eye-ring" (Sinclair/Ryan) or "orange-red" bill and eye-ring (Roberts).

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Guest John Milbank

I think nyama's right. I can't find another oystercatcher to match, and it's certainly not an escapee from Australia.

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Bugs

I am sorry. When I took the picture I was so sure it was an African black Oystercactcher, but to be sure I tought I would check the book and to my surprise I thought I had found a new specie.

 

But no such luck. Its beak will go red later.

 

We didnt waste time we actually learned something!!! Who was first to say African Black oyster catcher, or who has another bird they are not sure of?!!

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