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James Tyrrell


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

Great call!

Interesting information. No idea what bird it is.

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

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.

Long-billed crombes, I think?

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.

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?

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…

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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