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Old Wednesday 30th September 2015, 22:39   #1
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Birds of South Africa #2

A new set of birds I need help with ID - these are from West Coast NP area. Thanks.
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Old Wednesday 30th September 2015, 23:24   #2
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My best guesses:
1,4. Rock and/or Lesser Kestrels?
2. female Yellow Bishop?
3. Spotted Thick-knee
5. male Yellow Bishop
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 07:09   #3
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1 umm, looks like juv. Dickinson's Kestrel, but can't be on location so I'd say because of the dark head, Rock Kestrel.
2 Looks fine for Yellow Bishop
3 Agree with avesjohn, Spotted Thick-Knee
4 Rock Kestrel
5 Agreed, male Yellow Bishop
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 23:46   #4
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I assume this is also a Rock Kestrel - from the Hermanus area. I read that the Rock K. is a subspecies of the Common K, how can you tell the difference?
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Old Friday 2nd October 2015, 00:10   #5
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I assume this is also a Rock Kestrel - from the Hermanus area. I read that the Rock K. is a subspecies of the Common K, how can you tell the difference?
Can't help with the ID, but on taxonomy - it used to be a subspecies of the Common Kestrel, but has been split now as Falco rupicolus (see e.g. IOC list). However, post-split, Common Kestrel doesn't occur in S Africa.
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Can't help with the ID, but on taxonomy - it used to be a subspecies of the Common Kestrel, but has been split now as Falco rupicolus (see e.g. IOC list). However, post-split, Common Kestrel doesn't occur in S Africa.
Also by Clements. It is also called South African Kestrel by some authorities/people, but Clements now call it Rock. SASÖL 4 calls it Rock Kestrel

PS the new photo is also a Rock Kestrel. Lesser starts arriving in October and the last leave in April spending May to September in the Northern Hemisphere.
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