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Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:54 pm 
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We were in the park for three days over new years' and saw a pair every day. One pair near Balule in the Olifants river, one pair in a tree near Timbavati picnic spot and one pair also in the Olifants river closer to Letaba. We have got pictures, but unfortunately it is still on our dvd camera. :cry:


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this pair seen on S21,Nwatimhiri Waterhole,Jan 2008
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One of these beautiful birds seen at Nkaya dam on the H1-3 one morning at 6H30

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And an other one for the fun ( sharpness ), took from the lower bridge at Shingwedsi at 5h37 am .


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Has anyone ever seen a saddle-bill sit on the top of a tree?

Saw one sitting on the top of larger tree either on the H1-3 or H1-2 (it was near Tshokwane, but I don't remember exactly where). I don't have a picture because it was too far away from the road.

I thought this seemed really weird, but I don't know of any other very large black and white bird that would do such a thing.


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I've seen a pair:

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I have seen it too, Cougar. Not as nicely as CR's picture thou. :D


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Thanks, W™. I've also seen Yellow-billed on top of a tree. Check this

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What is wrong with this storks colours, or is it maybe immature?
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I would say that is a Immature. My book says that they have dull grey where the adult is black and there white areas are mootled with sooty black... My second guess would be that its just dirty :roll:

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Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:51 pm 
That's an immature and dirty one, wildheart! Was it in the Luvhuvhu River?

Here's a clean one from Klopperfontein dam Sep 2007.

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wildheart,

The stork seems to be an immature bird. The black areas of an immature is grey and the white areas, speckled. The legs are a sooty, greenish color.

Do you have a bigger picture?

You won't easily find a dirty stork.


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'n Ou sal nie sommer maklik 'n vuil voël kry nie.
(One won't easily find a filthy/dirty bird)

They preen and bath like crazy. Even the dirtiest of them all, vultures, do.

This stork is a genuine clean immature one. :lol: It's lower legs and feet might be a bit muddy, but that is it.

It is also the first immature picture I've seen of one taken in Kruger. Well done!! :clap:


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Let me just say that Marabou Storks do urinate on their legs to help them cool down. So I suppose some do have dirty tricks up their sleeves. :twisted:

Even dust bathing is part of a cleansing ritual. It rids the feathers of mites and some times of excessive oil etc, and extensive preening will follow.


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