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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:59 am 
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Thanks for the welcome and help. Sorry, I meant to give some info and then forgot.
As you can tell, I know almost nothing about birds. My interest only began on my Kgalagadi trip last month.

All pictures were taken in the Kgalagadi last month.

Thanks for the confirmation.
I saw hundreds of these very near Nossob - often 20-30 in the same tree. I was told they were migrating.
Can anyone please tell me from where and to where they migrate? And when they return? I was puzzled why they would be migrating in the middle of the summer.

Any further help appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Unfortunately, I can't answer your question about the migrating kites, but perhaps someone else can?

Glad to hear that Kgalagadi has sparked your interest in birding 8) Even backyard and city birding can be rewarding! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Astazou wrote:

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Thanks for the confirmation.
I saw hundreds of these very near Nossob - often 20-30 in the same tree. I was told they were migrating.
Can anyone please tell me from where and to where they migrate? And when they return? I was puzzled why they would be migrating in the middle of the summer.


The Yellow-billed kite is a social species which tend to congregate when they are not breeding. In fact, not all of the Yellow billed kites that visit us in the summer breed here. So the fact that they were in a group would not necessarily mean that they were busy migrating. Large congregations are common late in the breeding season.

They are indeed migratory birds and go up to equatorial Africa during our winters. Populations are found in Africa as well as Arabia.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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The most photographed YBK in the Park? Olifants bridge, Sept. 08.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Very nice and so sharp!


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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Really good BIF shots those are....congrats! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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You should see how many shots I took just to get these two!

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Well worth it though :twisted: and thats the good thing about digital, it costs nothing to test finger speed on the shutter :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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I have got a pic of those 2 eating a snake, on the Olifants bridge!

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Willing to share it? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Your wish.....

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Thanks BB.........Thats one hell of a meal they got there! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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I wonder what kind of snake it was. It was kind of light bluish.

I also had to flag someone down, who wanted to race through, but I asked her to stop for a minute while I got the pics.

Why they come to Kruger I don't know, when they ignore something unusual to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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No Idea.......Possibly a mamba, Boomslang, maybe one of the cobras.......All depends on lighting :D But it was a large snake none the less, and a pity it landed up as road kill.......As for the Rally drivers of the Park, I'd hate to go there....... :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: Kite: Yellow billed
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Not so sure it was road kill. They might have caught it and started to eat it there.

I have seen a jackal buzzard flying with a cobra dangling from its beak.

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