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#1 echeng

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:08 AM

Hello, photographers. Are there any avid birders here? I have a few birds from the Serengeti that I'd like to get ID'ed, but I'm not in the birding community. If I post them here, will someone help? Thank you!
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#2 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:14 AM

I'll try.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:54 AM

My African birds knowledge is a bit out of date, but will give it a ago!

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:55 PM

I'll be able to help with any Australian vagrants :)

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

My ID books are at home, but fire away..
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

Thanks, everyone! You are the best. :)

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#7 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:15 PM

Middle one is a bateleur (a mid-sized eagle). My guess for the other is african fish eagle (but I am less sure), perhaps a young bird in the top photo. I am not sure what the small bird is.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:46 PM

Eric, you process in reverse chronological order? The African was at least 4 years ago?
Agree with Alex on all. 1 is juvie due to the mixed feathers in the head area. African Fish Eagle (Haliaetus vocifer). See it all the time on the Umzimvubu taking out mullet while I eat my pizza.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:55 AM

Yep that s all correct.

They are easy ones :)

Small one in photo 1 is pied african wagtail I think, but could be wrong

Edited by ErolE, 03 May 2012 - 04:10 AM.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:46 AM

I would guess that the small one in photo one is a lapwing, probably a spurwinged.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:03 PM

I'm late for the party,

But no 2 is definitely a Bataleur, and no 3 a Fish Eagle (as the other have said).

If my memory serves me correct, isn't there a variety of Fish Eagle with a head dress?

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

Hey Adam,

The only crested African eagle I can think of are the Crowned eagle and Martial Eagle. I am not sure if you mean either of those, but they are both distinct from the Fish Eagle, in terms of colouration.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:32 PM

Thank you, everyone! Super helpful. Some more. :)

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

Primate ID time! I wish I knew as much about this sort of wildlife as I do fish...

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:04 PM

I can do the two big birds. Crowned Crane and Ground Hornbill.

Google reckons the kingfish is a grey headed kingfisher. I'm not sure about the bird on that stripy thing.

I presume the monkey's are vervets.

This is fun - I'm certainly no expert. Just comes from reading wildlife books and names sticking. So I'd wait for someone with a bit more local knowledge to confirm!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:09 PM

Birds:

Image 1 (top left) is a crowned crane (Balearica regulorum)
Image 2 (bottom left) is a ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). There are several species, I'm not absolutely certain which this one is.
Image 3 (top right) I'm not sure of, but think is a Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris)
Image 4 (bottom right) is a little grey job! No idea!

I'm pretty sure you primates are Vervet monkeys. The South Africa species is Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:21 PM

That was fast! Thanks again, Alex and Adam. :B):

Drew—I arbitrarily picked a first trip to re-process, keyword, and caption. It happened to be an African safari trip (alphabetical). :)
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:55 PM

There needs to be a marine life keywords for birds!

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:13 AM

Agree with Adam on:

Grey Crowned Crane

Southern Ground Hornbill: B. Cafer (I'm very sure it's the Cafer, the bird guy was South African, so it was a bit of an awkward moment!)

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:39 AM

Would agree with all of that including the LBJ in picture 4.

You can tell they are vervet as the males have very conspicuous bright blue testicles. Not sure what exactly that communicates :)

In Tz the sub species would be Chlorocebus pygerythrus hilgerti
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