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Unread postPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 2:10 pm 
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Hi All,

Please tell me this is a Palmnut Vulture.... (I know the one is a pied Crow) :twisted: :twisted:

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Kwando wrote:
Please tell me this is a Palmnut Vulture


OK, :lol:

"this is a Palmnut Vulture"

(and it really is too)

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 Post subject: Vulture, Palm-Nut
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Hey people,

I was just curious if anybody has a picture of this bird. I have seen pics in my map books from Kruger and Hluhluwe and can't imagine them good. Where to spot them (probably near palm trees? ......)

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As taken from Roberts:

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Habitat: Forest, mangroves, marine shores; always in association with Raffia Palms Raphia australis (and elsewhere with Oil Palm Elaeis guineensis), even where planted outside of normal range (as in n KwaZulu-Natal).


Norhtern KZN is probably your best place to find them.

I don't think many people have seen this bird, never mind taking a picture of it, but thru google I found this.


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They are "locally common" in Maputaland (northern KwaZulu Natal). We have seen them in three different areas - regularly in the town of Mt...... where they roost in the raffia palms next to the railway station, and in two different areas of the birding paradise reserve of Nd..... on the Mozambique border.

They are generally associated with raffia palms but we have seen then eating carrion at a vulture restaurant before.


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The Kosi Bay lake system is made up of four interconnected lakes and an estuary. The 'forth' lake, aManzimnyama, is the the most southern and furthest away from the estuary and the water is like black coffee [I'm not kidding]. This is due to the Raffia Palm forest and swamp forest on it's shores. I've seen Palm-Nut Vulture here as well as Osprey.

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"Locally common" may be a bit of an overstatement as it took me seven trips to Mtinzini before I had my first view of it. In actual fact, I was about to make my it my official bogey bird when, all of a sudden... there it was sitting right on top of a raffia palm, plain for all to see. That is probably the easiest way to find them - scanning the tops of the raffia palms... otherwise you must be at the right place/right time when you can enjoy some cracking views of them feeding on dead fish or just prancing around in a open spot.

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Gypohierax angolensis at perch looks much more like an eagle than a vulture, but once it takes flight that perception changes.

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On two sep occasions I have spent hours driving and walking around Mtinzini with no luck, so to me it is still a bogey bird.


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Right Snoobab - I also had no luck at Mtunzini [two occasions = 8 days birding], but at Kozi, I saw the Osprey first [not even 100m away] and then the Palm-Nut Vulture steal it's meal. It was one of those great sightings that you never forget. I'd recommend a guide to take you to that lake, it is one incredible place to bird. Just watch out for the pod of hippo and all the crocs. lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Vulture, Palm-Nut
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I was in Ponta Do Ouro 2 months ago...Had an average of 2 sightings a day of Flyovers, every day out of the 12 days (24 sightings)..Of either one of I suspect 2 adults and one immature bird.(Had all three fly past once)..Most probably the same birds moving up and down the coast. Also saw one out of Mozam, In the Kosi Mouth when I went for a walk :)

Unfortunately...My father didnt trust me, or the Mozambique locals with taking the camera equipment :D :(

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My best tip for the plam nut vulture: By the croc and snake centre in St Lucia

I have some pics, but cant find them now... :(


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 Post subject: Re: Vulture, Palm-Nut
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:40 pm 
evolvingape wrote:

I have some pics, but cant find them now... :(


(That's like saying: "I'm practically a virgin!" :twisted: )

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Here are some pics of a Palm-Nut Vulture we saw at one of the Kosibay lakes in December 2006. The vulture sat in a tree with a dry trunk about 70 meters from the canal. I jumped out of the boat and every few meters I went closer I took a snap shot, fearful that it would fly away before I had THE shot. Eventually I stood about 10 meters away from the tree if not closer, to be able to get the vulture in the photo otherwise he would not have fit in, that close I was to it. Just wish I had a dslr camera at that stage but my Kodak easyshare had to do. Must say I am pretty proud of this beautiful sighting. Have been in Kosibay every year since, but had no luck of seeing it again.

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I would also have been pretty proud! Lovely sighting, EO! :D

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Hi Im looking for a confirmation on this one seen flying over la lucia Durban a few weeks back by ellies

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taken with a 85mm lens so heavily cropped sorry about the image quality.

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