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 Post subject: lake panic bird
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:01 pm 
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Have anyone ever seen a bird that swims underwater and then comes up a bit later with a fish in its mouth and then swallow it whole ? I have seen this at lake panic about a week ago for the first time will try and show some photo's. What is this bird called ?

A big black bird.

After eating the fish it went under again to search for more...


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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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Likely to have been a Reed Cormorant

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OR (if seen from the rear) a White-breasted Cormorant

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Largish water bird at ~ 50-55cm in size

Keep looking

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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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Most likely yes, though Mars may have seen wrong colours and spotted an African Darter. Unlikely from the description, but a small possibility. ;)

Are you getting into birding Mars? 8) The birding forums are great!

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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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Lol well just maybe :) I'll forget about the big animals and just watch birds :) This was really interesting and I watched with my mouth open... The bird looks different than the photo's posted...


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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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I'll go with African Darter too.

Hey Mars, the forum is an ideal way to get into birding, a most rewarding pastime in and out of the national parks, and when you know just a bit, it doubles your enjoyment of going to the parks.

To get started, you need a good book. This has been discussed on other threads.

Go for it, you won't regret it!,

BTW, we still also enjoy the big and hairy!

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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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The bird fundi's will help ID it when you post your pics Mars.

African Darter

I have watched a similar scene at Sunset Dam. Amazing how they get the fish down those narrow throats! And also toss it about until the are sure it will be swallow head first.

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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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Earlier this year at Nylsvlei I saw an African Darter do exactly the same thing. It was fascinating to watch.


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 Post subject: Re: lake panic bird
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Hi Mars,

I saw an African Darter catching a fish the end of September at Lake Panic. I include a photo for your identification purposes!

I hope it helps!

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 Post subject: sound of a bird
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Hello,
I´ve got a question. I was in Kruger dec 2009 and I liked besides the wild animals these many beautiful birds. I read much in the forum abouth how they look, but I like especially the sounds of the birds.
Who knows the name of the bird, that I heard often.
It begins with a high tone, and then it sounds as a scale from top to bottom. Maybe the African name too?! Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: sound of a bird
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Hi elly!!

Did you get to see the bird? What colour was it?

Woodland kingfishers are very vocal at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: sound of a bird
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DinkyBird wrote:
Hi elly!!

Did you get to see the bird? What colour was it?

Woodland kingfishers are very vocal at the moment.


No, infortunately, I didn´t get to see the bird. But maybe you are right with the woodland kingfisher: it´s a beautiful bird, thanks anyway!!

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 Post subject: Why guineafowl come out when its overcast?
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Every time I have gone to the Kruger, and it is an overcast day, I see hundreds of guineafowl, as well as other game birds(francolin), walking around and when its sunny they are usually under a bush.
Could this be a possible explanation - As most birds of prey are darkly coloured, they contrast with the white sky and become easy to spot, and so guineafowl can have more confidence in the open as they can spot the birds of prey easily and early, and so avoid being killed/hunted.
This is a question by the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Why guineafowl come out when its overcast?
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Maybe because of the weather condition there are more insects about? Like flying ants come out after rain.

That is just a wild guess on my behalf :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Why guineafowl come out when its overcast?
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Maybe they're just cooler when it's overcast and hides away in the shade because it's too hot for them? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Why guineafowl come out when its overcast?
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I think DB is on to it. Maybe like on windy nights in KTP, scorpions come out to feed on winged insects that are grounded.

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