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Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:47 pm

I’m busy sorting out photos and found this one we took in December – told JB about it and promised I will post (rather late than never, huh? :wink: )

I can unfortunately not remember the exact spot where we saw this Stork. It must have been somewhere on the S90 or S41. Wasn’t at Gudzani – we have on previous occasions seen Open-billed Storks there.

This stork was alone and appeared to be sunbathing. (I apologize for the quality – really not a good photo :redface: )

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Unread postby Johann » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:03 pm

Saw this one at Sweni hide in June 2005

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:54 pm

Looks like its about to dance Jumbo.

Saw one at N'wanetsi picnic spot in 2004.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:46 am

Saw my second open-billed stork @ Molondozi dam.
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Unread postby leopardspotter » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:15 am

I've seen about five feeding in the shallow waters from Shingwedzi. Openbilled Stork's are also seen soaring for long distance without expending unnecessary energy, this is done by making use of thermals.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:29 pm

Saw openbills at Nwanetsi pool 2 years ago.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:32 pm

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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:19 am

Nov 2008 - saw many in the Shingwedzi River.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:12 pm

Could this be an African Openbill? Seen close to Punda.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:19 pm

:thumbs_up: Yip Openbill

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:37 pm

Thanks Lizet :D At first I thought it was a rather "ugly" bird, but then when I started looking at the suble colours and shades, I saw that it was indeed rather beautiful.
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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:10 pm

Spotted Dec. 2009, Shingwedzi area.

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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:26 pm

This one seen at Transport Dam, near Pretoriuskop on Monday.

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Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Caracal » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:11 pm

Here in Cape Town ??? :shock:

Strange but true.
They have been popping up in the strangest of places and I managed to capture them on camera this evening. Five openbills arrived at our local little duck pond this evening at about 19h30 and I was ready and waiting with my camera.

Shocking quality photos but good enough to prove that they were not a figment of my imagination :wink:

I am not sure why they have strayed so far away from home..anybody have any ideas???

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