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Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater

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Unread postby jonty1 » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:28 am

great pics you guys :!: :cam:
i remember about 2years ago. we were near Letaba if i remember correctly and we were driving for about 1km and there were just Carmine and White-fronted bee-eaters everywhere. it was definately one of my most favourite sightings. :dance:
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Unread postby acekam » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:09 pm

bucky wrote:There is a flock roosting at girivana dam , and they catch some late afternoon snacks in the dam .


We watched this same flock in action at Girivana (and other birdlife) for about 45 minutes.

This one was there to greet me as I entered the park at Numbi Gate :

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Unread postby wildheart » Sun May 06, 2007 5:41 pm

In the beginning of Jan 07 we found them in the road. It was on the H1-7 just after S56 turnoff. They were amazing to watch. Maybe it's a stupid question, but what is the difference between the brown ones and the red ones? Is it male and female?
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Unread postby mountainview » Thu May 10, 2007 9:11 pm

Sirheni and surrounding roads are a good place to see them
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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:58 am

Never have I seen so many of these beautiful birds in Kruger as on this last trip last month. :D

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Unread postby mountainview » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:12 am

wildheart wrote:Maybe it's a stupid question, but what is the difference between the brown ones and the red ones? Is it male and female?


The brown ones are juveniles.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:37 pm

I think the carmine colour is the breeding plumage. They go duller (browner) when not sexy!
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Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:23 pm

Another one seen in Kruger this Feb.

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Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:06 am

Sadly I saw none in Kruger last neek. Maybe because thay have not yet arrived.
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carmin bee eater

Unread postby martrum » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:31 am

Hello,

We shall be in Kruger National Park next February and should like to see carmin bee eaters. Do you think that they will be there in that month ? Do you know specias places to see them ?
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Re: carmin bee eater

Unread postby iNgisi » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:23 am

Hello
The last time I was in Kruger from end of Feb to mid March I had numerous sightings of carmine b e´s at no specific places however this was mainly in the south of the Park. They migrate from South Africa to Central Africa around March and so you should be lucky.
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Re: carmin bee eater

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:42 pm

Have seen them in summer from Satara to Croc Bridge, but then we didn't go north of Satara.

Look for them flying, like typical bee-eaters they swoop down and then swing up again.
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Unread postby Mike1916 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:15 am

Saw quite a number of them between Mopani and Punda this december :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby bert » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:04 pm

Saw many during march near Lower Sabie (and on route to Satara)

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Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater

Unread postby bondm » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:48 pm

Hi Bush Baptist, Sorry you didn't see any Carmine bee-eaters in the Kruger but I have been waiting over 10 years for my first sighting. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a small flock in early December last year (2009)
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The were about 20 km north of Babalala picnic site.


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