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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 6:28
Viewed: 4357
Points: 12
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Finally managed to identify this bird:

Immature Bokmakierie - Telophorus zeylonus

Habitat variable: mainly bush and scrub in highveld, karoo, fynbos and desert.

Identification : Immature : Above dark olive; below dull greyish yellow, finely barred with grey; no black collar.

Voice : Very variable loud ringing song, almost invariably in duet, kwit-kwit-kwit-kwit, wikiri, wikiri, ka-weet, ka-weet, ka-weet, bokmakiri, bokmakiri, koki-koki-koki , etc., in any combination; either bird may change song phrase in mid-song; notes sometimes trilled or clicked, prrr-too, prrr-too or tok-weet, tok-weet ; immatures often sing flat or off-key; harsh krrrr alarm note; knocking tok-tok-tok warning call.

Distribution : Mainly confined to extreme S and SE of South Africa, Karoo, highveld and dry W; isolated population of only about 400 birds ( T. z. restrictus ) in Chimanimani Mountains of Zimbabwe, and adjacent Mozambique.

Status : Common resident over most of range; uncommon in Zimbabwe and Namib Desert. Habitat : Very variable; bushy hillsides with rocks, aloes and Euphorbia , riverine scrub, thickets in open grassveld, exotic groves and plantations, gardens, farmyards, dense shrubs along dry watercourses; in Zimbabwe and Mozambique well-wooded boulder-strewn ravines, mosaic of grassland and rocky areas with heaths and proteas. Habits : Solitary or in pairs. Sings all year round from top of bush, tree, post, fence or roof, head thrown back and bill wide open. Forages low down in undergrowth or on ground; runs well. Flies with rapid wingbeats and tail spread, usually close to ground, diving straight into cover. Shy in wild, but tame around human settlement.

Food : Insects, small lizards and snakes, frogs, small birds, suet from feeding table.

Breeding : Season : July to October in sw Cape, July to March in e Cape, September to March in KwaZulu-Natal, all months except April (mainly August to November) in Transvaal, November to January in Zimbabwe.

Nest : Bulky bowl of twigs, stems, roots and herbs; in dense hedge, bush or fork of leafy tree; from ground level to about 2 m above ground. Clutch : (54) 2-3-6 eggs (usually 3). Eggs : Bright greenish blue, spotted with reddish brown; measure (194) 25,6 x 19,3 (22,9-29,3 x 16,5-20,8). Incubation : (4) 14-17 days. Nestling : (3) 17-19 days; fed by both parents.

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Hello Willem,
Unfortunately, I can't help with ID but I think that this bird looks great! I like its yellow-green colors and these very good details you caught. I also like its pose and this wonderful light in its eye. Nice composition with beautiful BG too. Well done!

Hi Willem,
I understand your perplexity at this bird. It's not a Groundbul of any type for a number of reasons. I have a sense that whatever this is will probably come out of the Turdus olivaceus/smithi complex. Looks like a subadult something. My principle expertise is not in South African birds. My suggestion would be to upload the photo here: http://www.simplybirding.co.za/forum/

These people are south african experts!

Nice one, Willem!
Nice pose of bird in his natural enviorament. I think you need more contrast and sharpness IMHO. I am @ work I don't have my book with Africans birds and can't help you to identify.

Hi Willem

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. Lovely to view. TFS.

vraiment une belle photo, bonnes couleurs sur bon BG
parfaite réussite
merci du partage

Boy Willem do I like this photo! The way you have chosen your shot and presentation is outstanding
1st the base sloping up at abt 20degrees, then on the right margin the branch sloping in a wee less... and finally the bird < ID? > on the diagonal!

Prima weruk kerel! Werukkuluk Verrukkukuk!

I DO so hope you have Jays in Suid Afrika, or better yet GAAIEN! I need one eh!

Bedankt jong! JWm.

PS Needless to say the shot has good clarity, sharpness and nice colours...

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