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Darter, African

Unread postby Muhammad » Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:06 pm

African Darter
Anhinga rufa

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Size: Lenght 80cm;weight 950g-1,8kg
Colour: Male mainly black with chestnut foreneck boreded by white stripe;female and non-breeding male browner with pale underpants
Habitat: Quiet inland waters;rarely on estuaries and coastal lagoons

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:14 am

Habits: Swims low in water, often with only its head and neck showing (hence the name 'Snakebird'). Often perches on rock or post with outspread wings as seen below. Often roosts with cormorants in reedbeds or partly submerged trees.

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Unread postby bert » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:10 pm

Best place to see one in Kruger imo is Lake Panic.
Where Muhammad took his picture.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:07 am

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:41 pm

bert wrote:Best place to see one in Kruger imo is Lake Panic.
Saw one there yesterday.
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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:15 pm

bert wrote:Best place to see one in Kruger imo is Lake Panic.


Second that :thumbs_up: .

But the Sweni Bird Hide is very good as well.
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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:06 pm

This one was taken at Lake Panic.

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:08 pm

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This guy was quite a character, he had swum onto the log in the reeds and sat there contently while having a stretch in the process. However, that was before he realised that I was watching... Off he went as quick as he had came :roll: ...
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Re: Darter, African

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:47 pm

Lake Panic, KNP. Aug 2008

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Re: Darter, African

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:42 pm

Nice Pic DB :D So glad to see I don't have to go to GG to see one!! :twisted:
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My Favourite Bird Pics

Unread postby Lion Cub » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:42 pm

Hi everybody...

I decided to make a topic where i can show everyone a few bird pics I have taken.....
Hope you all enjoy

To start things off, this is an African Darter

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Re: Darter, African

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:12 pm

Dec. 2008 near Lower Sabie - the first African Darter I've seen in the park.

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Unread postby Caracal » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:22 pm

I never realised that these birds actually speared or "darted " their prey.
As you can see from the photo it's lower mandible has speared the fish..it was quite a mission for the bird to then unspear the fish and swallow it whole !

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Unread postby Touareg » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:42 pm

I would liek to contribute a photo of this Darter photographed in the Wilderness National Park in December.
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:36 pm

Lake Panic

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