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 Post subject: Drakensberg Rock-jumper
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:10 am 
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I saw the Drakensberg rockjumper for the first time on 24 April 2011, nr 718 for me! And now my favourite bird, it is absolutely beautiful. No picture can really capture the brilliance of it.

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Distribution: Eastern Cape from around Graaff-Reinet to Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, mostly above 1000 m.
Status: Fairly common resident; some seasonal altitudinal movement at highest elevations in Lesotho.
Habitat: Steeper rocky slopes, low escarpments, tumbled scree, with grass and low shrubs or bushes.
Habits: Usually in pairs or family groups. Similar to Cape Rockjumper. Leaps from rock to rock, often with little wing action, but flies and glides well. Runs fast, sometimes with tail cocked. Wary and vocal when disturbed, especially near nest or young, running to and fro, disappearing and reappearing at different places.
Food: Insects.

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 Post subject: Re: Drakensberg Rock-jumper
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:06 am 
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Bosnimf - the Rockjumper = a truely beautiful bird!
No 718 WOW!

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 Post subject: Re: Drakensberg Rock-jumper
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Great Pic of a beautiful bird!
Seen the Cape Rockjumper a few times but this one eludes me as I hvant been in the right areas! :thumbs_up:
Over 700 birds is fantastic...as far as I know, I'm 1 away from the 600 mark but need to retally to double check I didnt pass it yet :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Drakensberg Rock-jumper
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:49 am 
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Bosnimf - What a fabulous sighting - :thumbs_up:

Bird number 718 is a great achievement - Well done!!

Now I am gonna have to plan a trip to the Drakensberg area to try my luck.

Brilliant photograph - :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Drakensberg Rock-jumper
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Some of Laine's shots from the weekend.

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