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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Wow - great sightings and pics! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Beautiful sightings and pictures Wildtuinman :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Beautiful pics Wildtuinman!

Are you sure of the Green Sandpiper - it seems more like a Pectoral Sandpiper to me.... Would be even a better sighting for Kruger!


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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Hi Adansonia,

Good question that. I was very fortunate to have had very close up views of Pectoral Sandpiper at Marievale a few weeks ago.

From the top of my head I would say that the distinctive features between the two are:

Green Sandpiper: http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/265/265.html
1. "pearls along the upperparts"
2. Olive-coloured legs
3. Distinct eyebrow stops at the eye
4. not a clearly defined demarcated breast
5. All dark bill

Pectoral Sandpiper: http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/279/279.html
1. scalloped upperparts
2. Dull yellow legs
3. Dull eyebrow extending well past the eye
4. A very well and clearly defined demarcated breast
5. Dark bill with a yellowish base

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Hi folks,

I won’t claim to be a birder but still I do love seeing the variety of species when I visit Kruger, especially as coming from Australia they are always new and different from back home. I recently visited Kruger for the 5th time in late November and thought you might like this unusual (for me) sighting. About half way between Oilfants and Satara on the tar road, was this Martial Eagle. I saw it swoop down from a couple of hundred meters away at speed, but couldn’t see what it was after.

Driving slowly closer I saw it had in fact taken down an impala fawn! Very impressive to witness, and to be honest I think it was killed on impact as there was no sign of life at all. It spent a few minutes getting it’s breath back, before feeding hurriedly and always looking about nervously. It dragged the fawn into the shade of a bush, which took quite some effort. I watched it for about 10 minutes, and was amazing to see that razor sharp beak in action up close. They really are very successful predators, and a beautiful bird as well.

ImageMartial eagle impala kill look back by b_ranford74, on Flickr
Cheers,

Sharky

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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What a sighting and a stunning picture :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Thanks for :D sharing


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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Sharky74 what a sighting, not something you see everyday, stunning picture :clap: :clap:

I don't think that Impala fawn ever knew what hit it, I can't help feeling sorry for it but that's nature

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Wow sharky74! Definitely not an everyday sighting! Absolutely fantastic! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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Amazing sightings all around wildtuinman :dance: :dance: .

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings
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What an amazing sighting sharky74 :clap: :clap: .

Really a once in a lifetime sighting :dance: :dance: .

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