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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? #22

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Wynn Derr
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Red or white billed buffalo weaver?

Wynn Derr
Explorer

Or thick billed weaver?

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, could it be Grosbeak Weaver?

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

Cape Glossy Starling is what I think the bird is

Andrew Pike
Explorer

Very long toes. Juv black crake or similar water bird?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Nailed it…

Alex McMillan
Explorer

Yeah my initial reaction was an African jacana. But they build nests on the ground. Crake it is?!

Alex McMillan
Explorer

Besides the long toes, those also appear to be mangroves …

Ruth Meyer
Explorer

Discovered this blog today, and as I’m new to bird identification, I really like the idea of challenge photos. Not sure if you are wanting guesses shared in comments, but here is mine:
White-Faced Duck, judging by relative size, shape, legs, feet, wings, and face visible. Also, proximity to a weaver’s nest, usually near bodies of water. I have seen many Egyptian Geese in tree branches near the Djuma dam cam, so it makes sens to me a Duck would do the same. This one looks like it’s grooming itself.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Ruth,
The weaver’s nest is a big clue as to the habitat and you’re spot on in that it’s a water bird…
Unfortunately it’s not a white-faced duck though…

Ruth Meyer
Explorer

I see now where I went wrong. Size! I was thinking about the weaver’s nest and those feet, but not really thinking about how small that meant this bird is.

Sean De
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Those toes! Black crake? Looks like a youngster.

Marco Costa
Explorer

jancana?

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