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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 10:07
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By nartreb
It was an ID of wisdom, it was an ID of...

It was an ID of wisdom, it was an ID of foolishness...

Agree with male & female (or possibly immature) slaties. The females (& young) are rather variable, but it's not surprising if you haven't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 09:34
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By nartreb
Definitely a wren - note the banded tail. I'd...

Definitely a wren - note the banded tail.

I'd have to double-check what other wrens can be found there, but House Wren looks like a good fit for the picture.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 06:19
Replies: 5
Views: 98
Posted By nartreb
Central (most ventrally located when tail is...

Central (most ventrally located when tail is folded) tail feather clearly shorter than outer tail feathers -> high confidence in Cooper's.


PS Where in Boston was the Snowy? Airport?
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 15th February 2020, 05:10
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By nartreb
India part 4: Jaipur

Jaipur was a base from which to visit multiple forts and of course the Ranthambore tiger reserve. The latter was spectacular - stay tuned for those photos.

In the town itself, I got good photos of...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 15th February 2020, 05:06
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By nartreb
India part 3: Agra. When in northern India, the...

India part 3: Agra.

When in northern India, the Taj Mahal is a mandatory stop. Both the grounds and the neighboring Yamuna river were birdier than expected.

House crows...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th February 2020, 05:40
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By nartreb
The two species are quite similar. Some...

The two species are quite similar. Some differences are described here: https://frank.itlab.us/TBL/Harvesting/Herons/Birding0202p24-33.pdf

I don't think 100% confidence is possible from this...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th February 2020, 05:06
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By nartreb
Bingo. Introduced to Cape Town in...

Bingo. Introduced to Cape Town in 1897.

(Likewise not an expert in South African avifauna, but that speckled body, short tail, sharp bill... looks exactly like a blurry photo of a common starling...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th February 2020, 14:39
Replies: 19
Views: 615
Posted By nartreb
"I think that's a short toed snake eagle". Come...

"I think that's a short toed snake eagle". Come to think of it, I'm not 100% sure this photo is of that same bird. I need to check my rejects pile, pretty sure I got bad photos of more than one...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 9th February 2020, 06:34
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By nartreb
India part 2: Chambal river

We took a short boat ride on this nearly pristine river a short drive south of Agra.

The garials (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2286) and soft-shell turtles...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 04:42
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By nartreb
I've not spent much time around crocodilians, but...

I've not spent much time around crocodilians, but I've seen birds and other animals standing quite casually close to a sunbathing croc or alligator. I'd be amazed if birds never perched on and...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 04:25
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By nartreb
1. Not all birds can fly. 2. Some species...

1. Not all birds can fly.

2. Some species breed in the tropics. Generally these do not migrate (though some will move smaller distances to find available food in synchrony with the season -...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 8th February 2020, 14:19
Replies: 19
Views: 615
Posted By nartreb
No way you can see the Chambal from the Taj, you...

No way you can see the Chambal from the Taj, you must mean the Yamuna.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 8th February 2020, 09:28
Replies: 19
Views: 615
Posted By nartreb
That's slightly disappointing (short-toed snake...

That's slightly disappointing (short-toed snake eagle has such a nice ring to it) but also a bit of a relief, since I was getting a Buteo feeling from the photo too. With the naked eye, it was...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 8th February 2020, 09:03
Replies: 19
Views: 615
Posted By nartreb
Eagle? Chambal river, MP, India

River guide had a tentative ID, but I wanted to check.

I think this is the best view - I have a sharper one, but it shows less of the wing.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 6th February 2020, 11:31
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List, part VI: India

(Continued from Part V: United Arab Emirates (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=386181))

India is a whirlwind of impressions - many amazing sights, mostly annoying sounds. The crowds and...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 3rd February 2020, 12:01
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By nartreb
Agree with some kind of sandpipers, and I would...

Agree with some kind of sandpipers, and I would like to point out that the photo was almost certainly taken with a powerful telephoto lens (else the photographer would be standing in the middle of...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 2nd February 2020, 08:26
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By nartreb
Next stop Dubai...

Next stop Dubai (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=386181)...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 2nd February 2020, 08:22
Replies: 0
Views: 103
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List - part V: United Arab Emirates

A fairly brief stop on the way from Madagascar (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=385782) to India.

Bird-wise, Dubai was like rejoining the land of the living. The shore swarmed with...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 1st February 2020, 06:53
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 9: Farewell

I'm finally done posting my South Africa photos, with two final galleries from the Deep South. No new species to report, but I got much better photos of some representative species:

fiscal shrike...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 25th January 2020, 07:57
Replies: 56
Views: 1,857
Posted By nartreb
I don't know about that. From one of the figures...

I don't know about that. From one of the figures in the paper, the brown-headed cowbird mistake seems to be on this image: ...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 23rd January 2020, 12:28
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By nartreb
South Africa part 8: Kirstenbosch Gardens

There were numbers of folks with comically large telephoto lenses hanging around on the lawn, pointing into the marshy areas near the restaurant, but my favorite bird findings were sudden close-ups...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 08:46
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List - part IV: Madagascar

I was in Madagascar for two weeks. Due to limited Internet, I've still not uploaded all my photos from South Africa, so there will be more updates to the previous thread...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd January 2020, 14:31
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By nartreb
A little paleness on the face or chin isn't too...

A little paleness on the face or chin isn't too unusual in females - it's not really white, just a bit lighter than the rest of the face, and photographed in strong light. Look at DFW's second...
Forum: South Africa Monday 30th December 2019, 21:33
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By nartreb
PS you can see flamingo and other water birds in...

PS you can see flamingo and other water birds in the Swart river, though it's not a terribly appealing location, with traffic noise and litter.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 30th December 2019, 21:02
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By nartreb
You're in luck - peregrines hunt almost anywhere...

You're in luck - peregrines hunt almost anywhere there are birds to catch, which is most everywhere. They love to eat pigeons, and they like to nest on tall buildings as well as on cliffs.

So you...
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