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Kruger August photos and list (new improved version!)

Unread postby Andy Pay » Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:21 pm

I posted some of this already under a different subject title, but my photo-file sizes were too big. So I reckon some members have opened the thread and got fed up with waiting for the photos to load. Sorry about this and I hope I can now share a great trip with you.

ITINERARY:

3rd Arrived Johannesburg on overnight flight from London, internal flight to Phalaborwa, overnight at Shimuwini Bush-camp
4th Shimuwini
5th Shimuwini area - Letaba River, various loops
6th Shimuwini - Shingwedzi
7th Shingwedzi area; night-drive
8th Shingwedzi - Punda Maria via Babalele picnic area
9th Punda Maria
10th Punda Maria - Pafuri
11th Punda Maria, Mahonie Loop
12th Punda Maria - Pafuri
13th Klopperfontein; night-drive from Punda Maria
14th Punda Maria - Shingwedzi - Mopani
15th Mopani - Letaba - Olifants
16th Olifants, Balule
17th Olifants, Bangu
18th Olifants, Letaba
19th Olifants - Satara along H1-4 and return along S60; night-drive from Olifants
20th Olifants
21st Olifants - Phalaborwa via Letaba, flight to Johannesburg, evening flight to London

Now I'll divide the bird-list up into chunks and post them separately. The figure in brackets is the number of days, out of 19, that we saw each species. I've added a few brief remarks alongside any species I regarded as particularly noteworthy. If anyone wants any further details just let me know. Here's the first batch:

White-breasted Cormorant 1
Reed Cormorant 3
African Darter 1

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Goliath Heron 6
Purple Heron 1
Grey Heron 7
Great Egret 12
Little Egret 2
Green-backed Heron 1
Yellow-billed Stork 3

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Marabou Stork 6
Saddle-billed Stork 7
African Openbill 1
Woolly-necked Stork 1
African Spoonbill 3
Greater Flamingo 1 (on river near Shingwedzi)
Hamerkop 2
Hadeda Ibis 5
African Sacred Ibis 1
Egyptian Goose 15
Spur-winged Goose 1
White-faced Duck 1

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Secretarybird 1 (two along main road between Olifants and Satara)
White-headed Vulture 4
White-backed Vulture 9

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Hooded Vulture 3

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African Fish-eagle 12

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Bateleur 17
Brown Snake-eagle 1
Black-chested Snake-eagle 1 (H1-4 south of Olifants)
Tawny Eagle 5

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Martial Eagle 5

More soon.
Andy
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Unread postby bert » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:53 pm

Great set of pictures bird man
My fav is the Goliath

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Unread postby Andy Pay » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:28 pm

Thanks Bert!

Next part:

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African Hawk-eagle 2
African Harrier-hawk 1 (one rose up from trees along Nyala Drive)

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Yellow-billed Kite 1

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Lizard Buzzard 1 (in tree over road near Pafuri)
Gabar Goshawk 1 (S90 Olifants-Satara)
Little Sparrowhawk 1 (Babalala picnic site)
African Goshawk 2

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Dickinson's Kestrel 1 (two birds together along S61 at Klopperfontein)

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Swainson's Spurfowl 3
Natal Francolin 19
Crested Francolin 6
Helmeted Guineafowl 4
Black Crake 7
African Jacana 6

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Painted Snipe 1 (one in Ngwenyeni river-bed just south of Letaba River crossing on H14)

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Red-crested Korhaan 4
Black-winged Stilt 5
Three-banded Plover 8
White-fronted Plover 1

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Crowned Lapwing 10
White-crowned Lapwing 3

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Blacksmith Lapwing 13
Common Sandpiper 1
Wood Sandpiper 2
Common Greenshank 8

To be continued.....
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Unread postby Andy Pay » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:40 pm

Thanks! Yes we were really lucky that those kestrels chose to come and hunt right alongside the road.

Next batch (just a reminder: figures are the number of days out of 19 that we saw each species):

Water Thick-knee 6
Double-banded Sandgrouse 1 (along S141 near Shimuwini)

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African Mourning Dove 5
Red-eyed Dove 2
Cape Turtle-dove 19
Laughing Dove 13
African Green-pigeon 3
Emerald-spotted Wood-dove 12
Namaqua Dove 3
Brown-headed Parrot 5
Grey Go-away-bird 18

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Burchell's Coucal 6

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Pearl-spotted Owlet 7
African Scops-owl 4

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Southern White-faced Scops-owl 1 (on night-drive from Olifants)
Square-tailed Nightjar 4 (regular at dusk from Olifants watch-point)
African Black Swift 1 (several with Little Swifts over pool along H-9)

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Little Swift 11
Alpine Swift 2
African Palm-swift 11

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Bohm's Spinetail 1 (one over Pafuri picnic-site - sorry for the horrible photo!)
Red-faced Mousebird 2
Speckled Mousebird 5
Giant Kingfisher 3

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Pied Kingfisher 11
Malachite Kingfisher 1
Brown-hooded Kingfisher 11

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White-fronted Bee-eater 7

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Little Bee-eater 2

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Lilac-breasted Roller 19
Purple Roller 5
Southern Ground-hornbill 2

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Crowned Hornbill 1
African Grey Hornbill 4
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill 19
Red-billed Hornbill 9
Green Wood-hoopoe 3
Common Scimitarbill 1

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African Hoopoe 3

More tomorrow...
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Unread postby Andy Pay » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:21 pm

Deefstes: :clap:
Thanks Mg

Part 4:

Black-collared Barbet 5
Acacia Pied Barbet 1 (one along S90 Olifants-Satara)
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird 1 (one at Pafuri picnic-site)

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Crested Barbet 13

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Cardinal Woodpecker 1
Golden-tailed Woodpecker 3

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Grey-backed Sparrowlark 3 (flocks at drinking-troughs along H1-6 north of Letaba and S90 Olifants-Satara)
Lesser Striped Swallow 13
Red-breasted Swallow 3

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Wire-tailed Swallow 13
Grey-rumped Swallow 6
Brown-throated Martin 3

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White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike 1 (a male by camp-site fence at Punda Maria)
Fork-tailed Drongo 18

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Black-headed Oriole 7
Pied Crow 1
Southern Black Tit 5
Arrow-marked Babbler 8
Dark-capped Bulbul 18
Terrestrial Brownbul 2
Yellow-bellied Greenbul 4

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Eastern Nicator 1 (by roadside near Pafuri)

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Kurrichane Thrush 5
Groundscraper Thrush 2

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Familiar Chat 1 (Mopani rest-camp)
African Stonechat 2
Mocking Cliff-chat 3
White-browed Robin-chat 3

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White-throated Robin-chat 4

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Bearded Scrub-robin 2

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White-browed Scrub-robin 3
Collared Palm-thrush 1 (Shingwedzi rest-camp, by campsite gate)
Grey Penduline-tit 1 (one along S93 Olifants-Letaba)
Little Rush-warbler 1 (from Olifants high-water bridge)
Grey-backed Camaroptera 3
Long-billed Crombec 6
Green-capped Eremomela 2

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Yellow-breasted Apalis 3
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Unread postby deefstes » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:31 pm

Andy Pay wrote:Image
White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike 1 (a male by camp-site fence at Punda Maria)


Nice photoshop job! What bird did you use for the source image?
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Unread postby Andy Pay » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:51 pm

Ah yes, of course - sorry (brain out of gear there!). It started off as a Black Stork :lol:
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Unread postby Andy Pay » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:53 pm

Here are the next lot:

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Rattling Cisticola 7
Red-faced Cisticola 1 (Pafuri picnic-site)
Tawny-flanked Prinia 8

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Ashy Flycatcher 1 (several at Punda Maria)
Grey Tit-flycatcher 1 (Olifants rest-camp)
Southern Black Flycatcher 5

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Marico Flycatcher 3
Chinspot Batis 10
Black-throated Wattle-eye 1 (male and female Pafuri picnic-site)
African Paradise-flycatcher 2 (Olifants rest-camp)

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African Pied Wagtail 10
African Pipit 3
Bushveld Pipit 4

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Magpie Shrike 9

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Tropical Boubou 1 (Pafuri picnic-site)
Black-crowned Tchagra 1 (Pafuri picnic-site)

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Brown-crowned Tchagra 8
Grey-headed Bush-shrike 4

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Orange-breasted Bush-shrike 4
Retz's Helmet-shrike 2 (small flocks near Pafuri and flycatcher trail at Punda Maria)
White-crested Helmet-shrike 2 (small flocks near Shimuwini and near Pafuri)

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Brubru 2

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Black-backed Puffback 13
Greater Blue-eared Starling 19
Meves's Starling 2 (near Pafuri)
Burchell's Starling 1 (Satara rest-camp)
Red-winged Starling 7
Common Myna 1 (Jo'burg airport!)

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Wattled Starling 1 (single birds at Shingwedzi and Babalala picnic-site)
Red-billed Oxpecker 9

One more batch to come......
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Unread postby Andy Pay » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:32 pm

Last section (numbers refer to the days out of 19 that we saw each species):

Yellow-billed Oxpecker 1 (Shimuwini)

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Scarlet-chested Sunbird 3

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Collared Sunbird 9

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White-bellied Sunbird 18
Marico Sunbird 3
House Sparrow 18
Yellow-throated Petronia 4
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow 13
Red-billed Buffalo-weaver 3
Village Weaver 2
Southern Masked Weaver 1
Lesser Masked-weaver 1
Spectacled Weaver 4
Red-headed Weaver 3
Red-billed Quelea 1 (one Babalala picnic-site and several at drinking-troughs along H1-6 north of Letaba)

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White-winged Widowbird 5
Pin-tailed Whydah 1
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah 2
Village Indigobird 5

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Jameson's Firefinch 4
Red-billed Firefinch 1

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Common Waxbill 5

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Blue Waxbill 15
Cut-throat Finch 1 (small flock by H14)
Green-winged Pytilia 2
African Quailfinch 1 (flocks along H1-4 and S90 Olifants-Satara)
Yellow-fronted Canary 10
Golden-breasted Bunting 5
Lark-like Bunting 2 (several with Grey-backed Sparrowlarks at drinking-troughs along H1-6 north of Letaba and S90 Olifants-Satara)

Total 193 species
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Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:19 am

What kind of magic did you use to get the birds to pose for you. I'm normally way to slow.

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Unread postby Andy Pay » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:44 pm

Pieter Steyn wrote:What kind of magic did you use to get the birds to pose for you. I'm normally way to slow.

No special magic or skills, the vehicle is a great hide and the birds will usualy just get on with their business!
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