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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:19 pm

Saw this on the H-3 at the bridge over the Matjulu up from Malelane gate.The stork in the front caught the fish, had it's head completely under the water for quite a while.The others wanted in, as can be seen.The fish was dropped and the second stork picked it up,a hop into the pool a swill to wash the sand off and a gulp and the fish was gone.

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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:07 pm

Those are great pics Nannie, :D
we saw the storks there as well early June.
Will post my pics soon.
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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:15 pm

Great sighting and Pic :clap:
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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:55 pm

Seen in Kruger in June this year.
Think it was next to the bridge over the Mlambane River on the H3.

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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:29 pm

And now for the one we saw this year in Kruger on the H4-1.
their numbers seem to be definitely on the rise.

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ABDIM'S OR BLACK STORK ?

Unread postby LeonieF » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:29 pm

Have there been any reported/confirmed sightings of Abdim's Storks in the Graaff-Reinet to Nieu-Bethesda area? It is not listed on Camdeboo National Park's Bird List. I am almost positive I saw one (on two occasions) on a Farm to the north of Nieu-Bethesda over the weekend of 11/12 September 2010. Unfortunately not able to take a photograph. The first time it was at a pool of water in an otherwise dry riverbed, in the company of an African Sacred Ibis. They flew off together. The stork was slightly bigger than the Ibis. Its bill and legs looked quite dark; there was no pronounced red colouration. Its back, neck and head (seen from the top) was predominantly black, with white across its lower back, and white belly. The second time it was grazing on its own on agricultural land (lucern field), but flew off before I could get a closer view. I cannot find any information on the distribution or prevelance of Black Storks in our area in order to compare.

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Re: ABDIM'S OR BLACK STORK ?

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:36 pm

Black storks are as good as identical to the normal white ones (Ciconia ciconia), except for the colour. Size and such are the same.
Abdim's is way smaller, so your description of it being slightly larger than an ibis would fit...
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Re: ABDIM'S OR BLACK STORK ?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:16 pm

Not impossible, we had some openbills in the Cape earlier in the year, and there was a saddlebill in Northern Kgalagadi.
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Re: ABDIM'S OR BLACK STORK ?

Unread postby LeonieF » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:39 am

Thanks!

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Re: ABDIM'S OR BLACK STORK ?

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:35 am

Hey welcome btw!

I agree with the 2 previous postings. However I have seen Black Stork close to that area, probably about 100km away as a stork flies :D
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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby DuQues » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:42 pm

Here is a photo of 7 of them, flying.

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Now that is more than I ever saw in Kruger, in 1 shot! That should get your mind rolling a bit, so lets post a few more while you think:

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Taken today, in The Hague, The Netherlands. These are the same birds as in South Africa, where it is winter now.
For some reason Black storks have been seen all over Holland today, which means excited people all over Holland to.
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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby granjan » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:48 pm

My first sighting of this lovely bird, near the S100 in April.
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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:08 am

Amazing! Almost 11 months since the last post. Which was actually about a sighting 9000 (!) kilometers from KNP.
Are they that rare, overlooked, or underreported?

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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby granjan » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:16 am

Thanks, DuQues.
A bit of googling brought up a 2006 article by David Allen, then curator of ornithology at Durban Natural science museum that gave an estimate of 200 pairs in South Africa.

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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:18 pm

We saw Black storks on the S3 near Kruger Gate early December 2011 and quite a few of them sitting in the river together with Marabou's on the H4-1 in March 2012.


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