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Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

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Unread postby Loams » Mon Oct 24, 2005 6:17 pm

Marli wrote::wink: Guinea-fowl number one on the list and then Ground Hornbill...

1994 I went for the first time to the Kruger Park, before my end matric exam with a bunch of Germany tourist....

We enter Phalaborwa town and the bus driver stopped and one of the German tourist ask me what birds are walking around...my English was terrible at that stage...I could not think how to transfer tarentaal from Afrikaans to English.....all that I could say it is a type of a primitive chicken......

Terrible....Uuuuuu, I am dying.....

Untill today when passing a g/fowl we say oh a primitive chicken....


And they taste quite good too ;-)
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:51 am

My favourite family are the Shrikes .
Colourfull , clear, attractive and definative calls , and always present .

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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:12 am

Owls have to be mine. No matter how many times I see them I still get a thrill of excitement running all over me. I still need the Pels and when that day eventually comes I think I will be completely over the moon.
I also like Redback Shrikes, used to call then Bandit birds because of their Zoro like mask. :)

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Unread postby Ton & Herma » Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:00 pm

we love the Bateleur

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Unread postby Stoffel » Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:36 pm

The Cape Robin will always have a special place amongst all my favourite birds as it was one of them which started my interest in birds (at Augrabies in June 1985). (More than 20 years ago and I am still a novice - without doubt).

Other special birds are the ones I had the opportunity to rear because of various reasons. This is when they really touch you when they become part of the household). This includes Egyptian Geese, Helmeted Guineafowl, Redwinged Starling and Rock Pigeon.
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Unread postby bucky » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:32 pm

Kori bustard , awesome when it runs in front of the car and lifts off , with its wingspan looking like it touches either side of the sand road .

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Unread postby Freda » Tue Nov 29, 2005 6:41 pm

We saw red crested korhaans do their display four times on this trip, was amazing 8) Did it's call then flew up into the air and dropped down to the ground.
My hubby thought poachers had shot it the first time he saw it :lol:

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Unread postby bert » Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:53 pm

Freda wrote:We saw red crested korhaans do their display four times on this trip, was amazing 8) Did it's call then flew up into the air and dropped down to the ground.
My hubby thought poachers had shot it the first time he saw it :lol:

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:22 pm

How does one respond to a thread like this?
I have so many that I love that is it almost impossible to single any one out but if I must for its call of Africa, the African Fish Eagle must be my no. 1.
I always also love hearing the Water Dikkop in the evenings and early mornings.
The peaceful and also the mournful Emeraldspotted Dove.
What about the Natal Robin and the Southern Boubou and the Burchells Coucal with their lovely duets.
No, I definitely can't say I have any one definite favourite.
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Unread postby christo » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:45 am

The cry of the trumpetter hornbill makes it special. The most thrilling was watching a Pel's fishing owl, almost a sacred moment.
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Unread postby wondercloak » Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:59 pm

Loams is in with a shout with the Secretary Bird (go in at Phalaborwa and turn off to the left where the Sable Dam is sign-posted to the right, almost guaranteed in the late afternoon).

Pel's Fishing Owl for me. Seen twice on foot along the Luvuvhu river, the second time a breeding pair.
- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
- Punda Maria 2 Jan
- Limpopo Tented Camp 3 to 5 Jan
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Unread postby LittleLeopard » Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:07 pm

I love the little lilac-breasted roller. :P When it sits on a branch, it looks like a pretty ordinary brightly-coloured bird, but when it takes off from that branch, it looks like a completely different bird with all the shades of blue and purple in its wings. Can tell I'm a novice. :redface:

As far as calls are concerned, my vote goes to the Fish Eagle. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:23 pm

LittleLeopard wrote:I love the little lilac-breasted roller. As far as calls are concerned, my vote goes to the Fish Eagle. :thumbs_up:


LL, I must agree with you. The Lilac-breasted roller is pretty, especially when it flies. When it comes to the Fish Eagle, man...what a stunning bird, when swoops down to the water and catches it's meal. Not to mention it's call, when I hear that bird I know I am in Africa. :cam: :thumbs_up:

Another bird that I enjoy is Burchell's Coucal, it's call is synonymous to the Bushveld in my eyes. :lol:
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Unread postby wondercloak » Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:37 pm

Curtis - good call on the song of the Coucal.

Have you been to the Okavango and heard the Copperytailed in the middle of the night...it's like something out of Blair Witch Project...such a soft, liquid call, very similar to the Burchell's but what feels like hudrends of them all around in the very early hours of the morning. It's very eerie when you're in half-sleep and not quite sure what's going on...
- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
- Punda Maria 2 Jan
- Limpopo Tented Camp 3 to 5 Jan
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Unread postby Jazil » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:52 pm

I have two favourites, not exciting birds to most, but both have such characters..... am going to post pics of both too.
First is the crested barbet......... the little guy that God put together last with all the left over paint
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then my second favourite is the Groundscraper Thrush....... he hops or rather runs around on my lawn for a few steps, then stands bolt upright and looks around..... he and she are here every day..... outside my window, real characters.
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Nothing fancy for me, just these two wonderful little critters :lol:
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