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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:28 am

There are very few places, if any, in Kruger better in the birding department than the north. You cannot do much wrong going to the North in September. The north also gets earlier migrant arrivals than further south. So you should be able to see quite a nice collection of birds.
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby mtsuru » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:59 pm

Thank you wildtuinman, this is great news! :D

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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Sky » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:49 pm

Hi Wildtuinman
What can one look forward to in the Satara / Orpen / Olifants area ?
When do the woodies arrive ?

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Re: Birding in KNP

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:30 pm

kite wrote:Yellow billed KITES are back in Durban/Tongaat area.
Has anyone seen them in Kruger yet?


Yes Kite,
We saw one last November (2009) near the road not far from kruger Gate. We did not see any during our last visit in July 2010, but I am sure they should still be there....and we will be looking for them in December 2010. A beautiful bird.

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Re: Latest Kruger hotspots

Unread postby kite » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:31 pm

It's a pity that this has not been updated in the last year!
It would help us newer birders so much.

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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Dabchick » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:35 am

@Sky:

I've seen the following birds in the Satara / Orpen / Olifants area:

Shrikra
Namaqua dove
Black-header oriole
Bateleur
Tawny eagle
Steppe eagle
Wahlberg's eagle
Malechite kingfisher
Giant kingfisher
Pied kingfisher
Brown headed kingfisher
Woodland kingfisher
Little bee eater
White fronted bee eater
Carmine bee eater
European roller
Purple roller
Lilac breasted roller
Fork tailed drongo
Redbacked shrike
Grey headed bushshrike
Orange breasted bushrike
Diederik's cuckoo
African cuckoo
Red chested cuckoo (heard only)
Southern masked weaver
Lesser masked weaver
Village weaver
Red billed buffulo weaver
Spectacled weaver
Egyptian goose
Knob billed duck
Water thickknee
Temminck's courser
White back vulture
Lappet face vulture
Hooded vulture
White headed vulture
Yellow billed kite
Black shouldered kite
Black chested snake eagle
Brown snake eagle
Ground hornbill
Cori bustard
Red crested korhaan

and many others, can't remember all of them now :? :redface: :lol:
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby mtsuru » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:23 pm

Hi Dabchick and the rest of the group,

I would like some advice regarding buying a bird field guide for S.Africa/Namibia. I would like a light weight book with good photos (some are like Encyclopedias..). Any recommendations?

Thanks! :)

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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:51 pm

Either the Sasol guide (3rd ed) or the Roberts (7th ed.) These two are the most used.
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Dabchick » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:41 am

@mtsuru

I prefer the photographic field guides. E.g. the Sasol one by Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan (ISBN: 978-1-77007-388-3) and the photographic raptor guide by Ulrich Oberprieler & Burger Cillie (ISBN: 978-0-620-43223-8).


For lightweight, e.g. for hiking there is also a pocket guide with photographs rather than illustrations available. It contains about 50% of the bird fauna of the region, including all of the most commonly encountered: Pocket Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Burger Cillie & Ulrich Oberprieler (978-1-919938-97-4). Before the "full" photographic field guides became available during the last 2 years or so, I used to use this one quite often. During a week long KNP trip, I only had to turn to the "full" illustration-based field guides that joshilewis refers to 2 or 3 times.

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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:05 am

There have been criticisms leveled at photographic guides in the past. If you do a search, you should find some threads discussing field guides (in the Stiffnecks, bird and recommended reading sections)
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:48 am

Have a look at this thread.
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby mtsuru » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:23 pm

HI joshilewis and dabchick,

Thanks for your help! After reading your responses, related threads and reviews on amazon.com, I am leaning towards Ian Sinclair's field guide to birds of S. Africa.

The organization is similar to my Birds of North America by Kenn Kaufman which I find very easy to use. Since I also plan to visit Cape Town, the Northern Cape, Central and Northern Namibia, the S.Africa book makes the most sense.

By the way, what is the best way to meet up with other birders in Kruger once I'm there? I read on another forum about posting a request. Is this recommended? I also read about putting a yellow ribbon on your side mirror.

Thanks!
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:06 pm

All 3 books cover the 'southern Africa', defined as south of the Zambezi and Kunene rivers.

Another note, both the Sasol and Roberts have annotated plates - i.e. wording next to the picture of the bird - whereas the Newmans doesn't. These annotations are very helpfull in trying to identify birds (without having to refer to the text on the facing page).
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread postby mtsuru » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:22 pm

Thanks, I ended up ordering "Birds of Southern Africa (Princeton Field Guides)". I like their illustrations better.

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Re: Latest Kruger hotspots

Unread postby jacliz » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:18 pm

I saw Temminck's Courser and Kittlitz's Plover at Mooiplaas WH last Thursday and Friday.
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