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Old Nov 2, 2005, 1:46 PM   #1
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This fella landed on our lawn today. He stands maybe 15 inches tall. Anyone know what he is?


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Old Nov 2, 2005, 2:34 PM   #2
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Hi Craig, long time no hear !! Are you in JHB permanently, or just visiting ??

The bird is a wattled plover [sorry, was] It is now called an African Wattled Lapwing.

The yellow hanging things on his face are called "wattles"



A very good shot of him as well:!:



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Old Nov 2, 2005, 7:17 PM   #3
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Hi Craig, long time no hear !! Are you in JHB permanently, or just visiting ??

The bird is a wattled plover [sorry, was] It is now called an African Wattled Lapwing.

The yellow hanging things on his face are called "wattles"



A very good shot of him as well:!:



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This, THIS is a Plover? Oh my God, I have to talk to all the native Plovers of Brooklyn and warn them about playing tourist to South Africa.

Actually, I took one look and said to myself, "Must be a Secretary Bird." So I looked it up and came up empty...

Nice shot!

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Hi Dave, funny, I actually saw a sectretary bird yesterday, unfortunately never had my camera on hand. They are quite a bit bigger than this fella, standing about 1.3m tall.
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Old Nov 2, 2005, 11:58 PM   #5
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Hi Craig, long time no hear !! Are you in JHB permanently, or just visiting ??

The bird is a wattled plover [sorry, was] It is now called an African Wattled Lapwing.

The yellow hanging things on his face are called "wattles"

A very good shot of him as well:!:

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Hi Colin,

I was hoping you'd know what it was.

Back in Jhb till January at least, maybe February. Living in a nice little cottage on a family member's 5-acre plot.

There are apparently around 150 species of bird that visit the garden, and my appreciation for you bird guys is renewed. It's really hard getting decent photos of the little critters.

I think I shall have to resort to feeders and perhaps a bird-bath to get pictures of most of them.

We also have LOTS of very noisy frogs, so prepare yourselves for some frog pics. :-)

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Nicely done!

Do not be afraid to put up feeders and bird baths. It works very well. Even better, plan it out (if you can.) Pick a place where you can sit/hide. Put a feeder up at a reasonable distance, and then put a perch right next to it. Make sure to take sun angle and backgroun into account. The birds will land on the perch and then go to the feeder. And you'll get a great shot that looks "natural"... which it mostly is. I've done this for backyard birds before and it looks and works great.

I setup my tripod in the house, and open the doors to the back yard. The house works as a bird blind for most birds.

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