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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #11

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Declan Porter
Explorer

Now this is a challenge! I am rubbish at identifying nests. I am going with a Long-billed Crombec (Sylvietta rufescens) with this one.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Great call!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Interesting information. No idea what bird it is.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Have a close look at the beak and eye-stripe Marinda…

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

To be honest James I could not see the bird on my phone at first. Desmond said look on your PC. Maybe time for new spectacles. I must go with Declan on this. It is a long-billed Crombec. It was the nest I looked at first as we have seen many like that before. I always thought it was spider nests. It is a purse nest buildt with spider webs and sticks.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Long-billed crombes, I think?

Leonie De Young
Explorer

Nice blog on birds James. My guess is a weaver. My second guess would be hummingbird, however, am unsure if they are found in Africa. Thank you and I look forward to the answer next week. Have a good week in the bush.

Kate Doyle
Explorer

I don’t know a lot about birds but I remember some of the weavers had nice nests like this that seemed to be deep and cozy. Is this bird a kind of a weaver bird?

Suecol777
Explorer

OK James – I’m going to do my research on this one. In the meantime I’m emailing you a photo of a house somewhere in Gauteng. Please will you identify the people who live in it…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

After researching nests, I initially thought it was some specie of Weavers, but now I’m thinking it is a long billed crombec, as the best is a bit messy…..

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