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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:06 pm 
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Saw 8 Racket-tailed Rollers on 6 different occasions while spending just under 6 weeks in the Makuleke concesion, unfortunately could not get any pictures. Definitely one of my new favorite birds!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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The Roberts sound byte did its thing once again. This pair of rollers was called out from a fevertree patch in the Makuleke concesion, north of Pafuri. They displayed acrobatically before perching for pix.

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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
The Roberts sound byte did its thing once again.
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I thought it was against the rules to play bird and animal sounds in the park? :hmz:

Or am I mistaken? :?


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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:57 am 
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Dabchick, it isn't against any rule to play a bird call in the park. There are a lot of people against it, because they fear that it is against nature's way etc

I think if done discreetly and not disturb a certain breed's breeding habits then by all means. For some species the only way to get a look at them is to entice their curiosity.

As far as Racket Tailed Rollers are concerned, they are uncommon as it is and love to perch inside the canopy of the tree so seeing them will always be extremely difficult. I would love to still see one, one day!

Lekker sighting JVR!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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That is good to know DotDan :D - next time I'm in Punda/Pafuri area (only next July :( ) I will also try to "encourage" a racket-tailed roller to show himself in this way :twisted:


(O ja, I forgot to say - very nice sighting Johan van Rensburg :thumbs_up: )


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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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wow nice Roller... :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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Hopefully they'll still be there when I'm in the Makuleke Conservancy in early November. Nice shot.

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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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Beautiful pic Johan! :clap:
and still on my wish list. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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Dabchick wrote:
I thought it was against the rules to play bird and animal sounds in the park? :hmz:

Or am I mistaken? :?


See the topic discussion here...

It is, as with all things unregulated, a case of personnal preferrence :wink:

You know... stuff that makes life interesting!

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 Post subject: Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed
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Heading north in December - any recent sightings?
Spent 2 days looking for them in the Makuleke region in June without any luck :(

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