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Southern Ground Hornbill Research Project

Unread postby Baffers » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:19 pm

Hello guys. I have searched the forum and couldnt find a post on this yet so here goes.

LD van Essen, Ground Hornbill Working Group (GHWG) manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), is busy with a research project whereby they are looking for ground hornbill nests.

He asks for the following:

the public can also help the researchers by regularly reporting sightings of this distinctive bird in the sightings books in the various camps. Researchers can then go through the books to find out where the hornbills are most frequently seen.

He asks that members of the public spotting the birds record exactly where they saw the birds (GPS readings if possible), how many birds were seen, whether juvenile or adult and if they appeared to be carrying nesting material. For more information, or to report a sighting directly to L.D. van Essen via SMS, call 082 320 6620.


The article appeared in the Kruger Park Times a while ago:
Ground Hornbills

I have done this a few times and just given the road and approximate kilo reading from cross roads. I have even sent him some pictures as I say on my sms that I have pictures and he then gets back to you to say "please do send them" or "no thanks not this time"

Do yourselfs a favor and place the sms in your phone and do the effort of helping these guys...

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Unread postby Baffers » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:32 pm

Hi :D

The best way is to sms it to L.D. van Essen

I have his number as Hornbillman on my cell :)
[Edit by DB - Please PM Baffers for this number]

If you are writting it down then you can email him as well on
ldv@ewt.org.za

He asks for
1. The position (if possible gps coordinates) but rough estimates (ie road name and +- km from the nearest turnoff) will do.
2. How many birds (juvinile and or adult specified)
3. Importantly note carefully if they are carrying nesting materials.
4. Condition of the birds

You can send photo's as well if there is anything out of the ordinary.

The more frequent data they get the more they can update the movements of the birds.

He is a very nice guy and replies frequently to emails.
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Unread postby Kwando » Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:55 pm

Here's a pic of the Juv.

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The pics of them in the tree's didn't come out very well at all... Sorry
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Unread postby christelsabine » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:57 pm

This is what I saw on the S-30: A nice couple with a friendly visitor:
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Unread postby TXDrifter » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:02 pm

Fascinating birds. Photos from our September 06 KNP visit.

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Unread postby vahine » Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:54 pm

We saw last April a Ground hornbill with a scorpion on his mouth
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But I really don't remember where I take this pic :redface:

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Unread postby niknak » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:13 pm

On a trip yesterday I saw 11 different birds. Two groups of 4 and one of 3. This is a pic of one of the adults with a juvinile taken on H1-2 near the intersection with the H12.

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Unread postby Henk » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:59 am

Some birds we saw last year July
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:14 pm

I can't help taking a picture of their eyes... Long lashes with an eye you could get lost in :wink: This is one of my dad's favourite birds along with chickens :?

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In Kruger :P

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Unread postby Musker » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:22 am

On my recent trip to Mapungubwe I saw one for the first time. Probably because I've only been to Kruger once when I was young. It was great to see! Just outside the tented camp one was bounding away from us in a very amusing way! Almost bouncing!

Going to Kruger this September, satara and croc bridge. Hopefully I'll see them again. Really great bird!

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:45 am

Just to add to Musker's observations. They were seen a view times over the last 4-5 days in the area between the camping site and Limpopo Tented Forest camp in the Western section of Mapungubwe. Hopefully they will be breeding in this area.
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Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:50 am

O, what I forgot to ask....I know the pale ones are younger than 3 years, but does the fact that some are pale also relate to their sex?
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Unread postby Nico » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:38 am

In this video you see Ground hornbill's doing some kind of ritual with prey in his beak.We saw them at the S21 between Lower Sabie and Skukuza.

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=UOXF4HzXkdo[/video]
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Unread postby Ludwig » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:07 pm

I saw this Southern Ground Hornbill south of Skukuza. The whole story you can find in my Kruger story: "June 12th, Fourth day, Kills by the small ones . . . , Tuesday - Part 1 ".
Just follow the below link.

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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16403


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