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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Suej » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:25 am

Thanks wildtuinman. Nobody yet has reported seeing them in Namibia......



wildtuinman wrote:Very erratic one at Sable dam, Kruger National Park.

Best place by far to see Osprey is Umgeni River Mouth, Durban as well as Bayhead in Durban.

Mkhombo dam, Mpumulanga is another very reliable spot.

Southern Cape - Grootbrak River mouth and we also picked up one in the Knysna Lagoon in December.
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:32 am

There is not much water in Nam Suej, the best bet is along the Caprivi Strip, or the Cunene river. Maybe even the Orange river in the south.
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Suej » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:16 am

Bush Baptist wrote:There is not much water in Nam Suej, the best bet is along the Caprivi Strip, or the Cunene river. Maybe even the Orange river in the south.


This is what I am thinking BB, but I have a good reason for asking. They do of course cross the wide expanse of the Sahara, and do fish on the coast of Senegal, so I would love to know if they do in fact venture near Namibia.

My reason for asking is that the Osprey Team here are doing a video presentation of Ospreys on migration from England en route to their migration sites, in conjunction with a choir concert that I am part of where our director has put together a series of songs from all the countries the Ospreys traverse and one such song she has chosen is a Namibian song in favour of ZAR songs. As I doubt you would find Ospreys in Namib I would like to be sure before opening my big mouth :o
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:41 pm

I will try to ask some of the top SA birders who don't read this forum.
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:14 pm

Looking at the distribution map of Osprey, they certainly do occur in Namibia. :thumbs_up:

Some SABAP@ records in Namibia as well:
http://sabap2.adu.org.za/spp_summary.php?Spp=172
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Scipio » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:51 am

Just to correct WTM on his post with respect on his birding prowess, it should read:

Osprey sightings at Sable BY ME is very erratic, since I am only there once a blue moon, but the Osprey has been seen regularly by those whom frequent the place almost daily. ;-)

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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:12 am

I've been to Sable hide 4 times over the past year. Saw it once - in July last year (Overwintering bird). :thumbs_up:

That's erratic in my book.
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby JenB » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:02 am

Scipio wrote:Just to correct WTM on his post with respect on his birding prowess, it should read:

Osprey sightings at Sable BY ME is very erratic, since I am only there once a blue moon, but the Osprey has been seen regularly by those whom frequent the place almost daily. ;-)

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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Suej » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:19 am

pics would be good !

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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:52 am

Suej wrote:pics would be good !

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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:59 am

WTM, if you see them in winer it is going to be erratic, but some Juvies are known to. Annd I also have been to sable 4 times, in the past 10 days. ;-)

Jen Sue, I have posted in the Bird ID pics that was ID'd as Osprey, so I am sure I can find it and post here.

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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Suej » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:27 am

Scipio wrote:WTM, if you see them in winer it is going to be erratic, but some Juvies are known to. Annd I also have been to sable 4 times, in the past 10 days. ;-)

Jen Sue, I have posted in the Bird ID pics that was ID'd as Osprey, so I am sure I can find it and post here.


That's good Scipio.

Juvenile Ospreys usually do not return to their breeding grounds in the Northern hemisphere for 2-3 years after their first migraton, so it would not be too unusual to see them in Africa during your winter.
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:52 am

Hi Scipio,

Compared to places like Mkhombo dam, Umgeni River mouth or Durban Bayhead where I have seen Osprey just about every single time I birded there, Sable dam is definitely not a guaranteed spot to see Osprey in my opinion.

What I am trying to say to you is that I have been to Sable dam more in summer than in winter and I have only ever seen Osprey there in winter and not once in summer.

So maybe you can tell us how many times you have seen Osprey at Sable dam in your last 4 visits. :wink:
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:49 am

Scipio wrote:Jen Sue, I have posted in the Bird ID pics that was ID'd as Osprey, so I am sure I can find it and post here.


You mean the African Hawk-Osprey here?

Show us some photos of the Osprey at Sable dam first, Scipio. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Osprey sightings

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:50 am

Wtm, I agree, it is nevere sure at Sable, as with the other places mentioned, but what I am saying is that they are seen there various times through the year. Thats all. More IN MY OPINION, than stated here, thats my opinion, so if you have yours it's cool. And if you have not seen them at Sable in summer, it does not mean other people are not allowed to see them without your authorisation. ;-)

BtW, Osprey was seen at sable the weekend you goys was at Satara with the birding weekend. 8-)


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