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 Post subject: Francolin: Orange River
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:38 pm 
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I got a lifer in a whip-snap whopper of a view of a pair of Orange River Francolin, Francolinus levaillantoides, this morning at the road from Leeupan to Kinross. JoelR posted somewhere that they had had some crackling views and I was wondering if he’d been smoking funny things… This is not really in the birds’ distribution range! Anyhow… someone else also mentioned having seen them in the same area, so I started paying attention!

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 Post subject: Re: Orange River Francolin
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Also would be a lifer for me..... :dance:Lucky, Well Spotted!!.....Leeupan seems to have all the birds I need to see, just not as many as WSBG :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Orange River Francolin
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
...JoelR posted somewhere that they had had some crackling views and I was wondering if he’d been smoking funny things… This is not really in the birds’ distribution range!

You still don't know if I am smoking funny things. :whistle:

Congrats Johan! I don't think it's way out of the known distribution range. As you might know the agricultural fields in front of the Suikerbosrand NR entrance have a fair amount of Orange-river Francolin. That terrain is ather similar to the Leeupan area and it's not even that far away.


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 Post subject: Re: Orange River Francolin
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JoelR wrote:
I don't think it's way out of the known distribution range. As you might know the agricultural fields in front of the Suikerbosrand NR entrance have a fair amount of Orange-river Francolin. That terrain is ather similar to the Leeupan area and it's not even that far away.


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I never said "way out". I know that you get them near Suikerbosrand NR... I dipped on them there a few times, including once with Bush Baptist in tow as the dipping witness! :redface: According to every guide book I own AND my fat ol' Roberts VII, Suikerbosrand NR is about as north-east as they get! I agree 100% on the habitat similarities... but I think the 140 km distance does represent some range expansion.

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 Post subject: Re: Orange River Francolin
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
JoelR wrote:
I don't think it's way out of the known distribution range. As you might know the agricultural fields in front of the Suikerbosrand NR entrance have a fair amount of Orange-river Francolin. That terrain is ather similar to the Leeupan area and it's not even that far away.


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I never said "way out". I know that you get them near Suikerbosrand NR... I dipped on them there a few times, including once with Bush Baptist in tow as the dipping witness! :redface: According to every guide book I own AND my fat ol' Roberts VII, Suikerbosrand NR is about as north-east as they get! I agree 100% on the habitat similarities... but I think the 140 km distance does represent some range expansion.


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I never said YOU said "way out", I just said I think it is not "way out". And yes, 140km is quite "a stroll"! Main thing is that we both got an awesome sighting of "the birds", don't you agree, "JvR"? :wink: :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Orange River Francolin
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140km is quite "a stroll"! Main thing is that we both got an awesome sighting of "the birds", don't you agree, "JvR"? :wink: :wink:


I agree whole-heartedly. :thumbs_up: :lol: It was probably the BEST start to a working day I've had in yonks!! 8)

Although none of the distribution maps show Leeupan / Leandra included in the shaded area indicating this bird's distribution range, Roberts VII does include reference to the south-western parts of the Mpumalanga highveld. Our winter has been extraordinarily dry and this slight expansion may be partly due to that. Although Roberts VII also says that no evidence is available to indicate even nomadic seasonal movement, ORF are that much area-bound!

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 Post subject: Re: Francolin: Orange River
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Heard these stunning birds call this morning just outside of Devon on my way to Leandra and Secunda.

and managed these shots... :D :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Francolin: Orange River
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Super photos Yolandé :clap: :clap:

You have time to fit in some work today? :wink: :lol: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Francolin: Orange River
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Great Yolande..... :clap: .....Still yet to see one of these guys!

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 Post subject: Re: Francolin: Orange River
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For those who need these beauties on their list: they are plentiful at Abe Bailey Nature Reserve!! I yesterday sat watching 4 of them, calling and running around, when yet another group deeper in the veld started calling!

Odd thing though: every now and again, while calling, they would give this 'confused' call, sounding something between an ORF & Shelley's call??? :shock: Why would that be?? Specifically one of them, the one posted here calling - he sounded much more like a Shelley's....

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 Post subject: Re: Francolin: Orange River
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Seen on a dirt road near Carltonville (N14/R500 intersection) Saturday
Are they all Orange River Francolins
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The first i would say is Orange river.
The second and third pic looks more to me like the Shelley's francolin

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It's difficult to say from seeing only a back shot, but the streaking and wing patterns on the sides of the second bird still look more like Orange River Francolin. Shelley's tend to prefer more hilly and rocky habitats than OR.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks guys :D think I'll just go for the Orange River Francolin. :thumbs_up:

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