Category Archives: Mystery Bird

Green Sandpiper?

Need confirmation but we think that this is a Green sandpiper – seen this morning at the Darvill Sewerage Works outside Pietermaritzburg. Note the prominent eye-ring with no supercillium behind the eye (not a Wood Sandpiper); the barring on its … Continue reading

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Unidentified Raptors

Dear All, Peter Steyn has asked me to share photos of a raptor taken on the Kafue River at Mayukuyuku Safari Camp on 13 August 2014 because he is not certain about it. The co-ordinates to the safari camp are: … Continue reading

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Correction: Fiery-necked Nightjar behaving like an European Nightjar.

On Sunday Dave Rimmer and I saw what we believed to be a European Nightjar as we were playing golf at Cato Ridge Golf Club. It was midday. The bird flew up from the ground into a nearby tree lying along … Continue reading

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Mystery Raptor over Mount Moreland

Help please to try to identify the following raptor seen over Mount Moreland from the King Shaka airport – Durban. Photos taken from a mur of a long way a way.

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Pipit for ID

I don’t know if it’s just me being not too good at pipits but I recently discovered that I had misidentified this bird. What do you think it is? Penny de Vries

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For Identification

Unidentified species seen at Hilton College NR which eluded all our attempts to get a great sighting. Full grey head to just below the eye, white throat, greeny-yellow stomach and green back. Anyone got any ideas? If so please have … Continue reading

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Mystery sunbird in Le Domaine

Good Day Here are some more photos of the mystery sunbird seen recently in Le Domaine, Hillcrest Is anyone able to conclusively able to identify this bird? Have your say below once you have enlarged the photo by clicking on … Continue reading

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Sunbirds for ID

Please help with ID of these two sets of Sunbirds. Both sent to me by a resident of Le Domaine here in Hillcrest, Durban. Click on the picture and add your comments below the enlarged Photo. The First set: The … Continue reading

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Mystery Birds for ID

Please enter your ID for each bird with reasoning by clicking on the image and writing your comments in the box below the enlarged image. The following 4 birds were seen in the Satara area in March. The birds below … Continue reading

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Mystery Bird for ID

Hi Paul – our members might like to have a go at ID-ing this, cheers – Dave Bishop

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Raptor for ID

Seen this morning in the Le Domaine complex in Hillcrest, Durban. Click on a photo and leave you comments in the box below it.

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Challenge: Name these Sunbirds

Have your say. Identify each of the sunbirds in the following photos. All seen in Hillcrest, Durban. When you enlarge each photo there is a box below it where you should write that bird’s ID.

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Unusual Bird for ID

Hi A friend of mine took this photo in Ballito Monday morning and asked me to ID it. Do you have any ideas? Regards, Calvin arris

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Mystery Warblers

An email from Norman Freeman: Even with Faansie Peacocks LBJ book I have doubts on a number of LBJ’s. Could we post these on our website for comment from folk in the know please. To reply please add your comments … Continue reading

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Wood Duck – female

One of the residents at le Domaine – Di Wayne, took the following photo of a mystery duck seen on the property. The photo was taken 7 years ago and I thought it might still be of interest to our … Continue reading

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Why is this not a Common Whitethroat?

Hi Help required to identify the bird in the following picture taken in Cumberland Private Nature Reserve (near Pietermaritzburg) this past weekend. We thought it was a flycatcher but the rufous wings puzzle us. Very like a Common Whitethroat? Cheers … Continue reading

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Which Eagle is this?

Which Eagle is this? This guy was perched on a termite mound in fairly dense woodland near Crocodile bridge in KNP in December this year. I would like to hear opinions as to ID. My first thoughts were Wahlbergs Eagle … Continue reading

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Problem Birds by Norman Freeman

Problem Birds by Norman Freeman Waders have always been a problem for me and some should be classified as LBJ’s. Will it be possible please for readers to assist with positive ID’s for the following with reasons. Slide 1  I … Continue reading

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Mystery Sunbird

Attached are pictures  of a juvenile sunbird resting on our deck at Le Domaine, Hillcrest. It sat there for quite a while (at least 5 minutes). I initially thought that it had flown into the glass door or window and … Continue reading

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Mystery Owl

These photo’s, taken in our Gillitts property this week, I think is an African Wood-Owl (perhaps immature) because of the dark eyes and also the yellow bill and feet BUT it lacks the dark crown and general dark head surround. … Continue reading

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