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10-22-2018, 10:40 AM - 1 Like   #7951
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
I like your crop!
I was going to call them "recruits for the SA rugby team."

Cape Sparrow, taking off.

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10-23-2018, 02:18 AM   #7952
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Ooooh nice, including a shadow!

Sunbird, I think a Malachite Sunbird, based on the bits of green - Kloofendal Nature Reserve yesterday
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Blue-headed tree agama, I think. The books on wildlife of southern Africa shortchange everything that is not a mammal or bird.
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Correct! Interesting critters to watch, they give the impression of being quite intelligent.
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The lizard, like a giraffe or a praying mantis, can tilt it's head and stare giving an attentive appearance that we can read as "trying to understand" or "it knows something." But how do you objectively measure "intelligence" in an animal when there is fierce debate over how to do it for humans? Best definition I came up with (when some were attributing absurd levels of intelligence to dinosaurs) is: "intelligent animals are those that will do something that a human wants them to do." Dogs are intelligent, house cats, not so much, snakes, not at all.
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I dispute that bit about snakes- My son's snakes were very obedient, especially when I wanted it to eat the rat/mouse that I had just spent money on! Maybe hunger played a role .
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Striped kingfisher (? - check this id for me Noel)
So the snake eats on command. OK, teach it to roll over on command, that should be an easy move for a snake.
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Striped Kingfisher has more pronounced white breast. and streaked crown. As does the Greyhooded Kingfisher. Brownhooded Kingfisher is my guess. But then again, my envy does not exactly allow me to be objective And if your guide said it was Striped Kingfisher-I'd go with that.



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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Striped Kingfisher has more pronounced white breast. and streaked crown. As does the Greyhooded Kingfisher. Brownhooded Kingfisher is my guess. But then again, my envy does not exactly allow me to be objective And if your guide said it was Striped Kingfisher-I'd go with that.
I think she called it brown hooded. Not sure that one is in my book.
Pretty sure this is a little bee eater.
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Indeed it is- such a beautiful minute bird
Hope you saw one of these too!
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Indeed it is- such a beautiful minute bird
Hope you saw one of these too!
Ground hornbill I believe. Saw them in Kenya, and I think we saw a southern ground hornbill at some point. It was not close and cannot remember wht the guide called it. I'll have to check the image files, but the image won't be good = too far away.

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It was an open bill stork, not a ground hornbill, way off from the boat we were riding. Although tour guides would identify birds when one was about or sometimes when one of us would ask (sometimes a tour guide driving an open vehicle could not hear us calling from the back).
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Always an exciting sighting that, fascinating birds. I'm storking you
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Here's a potential challenge, Noel. Kelp Gull, viewed from below the bomb door.
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Cool shot! And I'm beaten!
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