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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Albert » Wed May 30, 2012 9:48 pm

One of the BBBs....

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Roan » Wed May 30, 2012 10:14 pm

Hi Albert.
That BBB is a juvenile Bateleur.
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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Albert » Wed May 30, 2012 10:16 pm

Not big and not particularly brown....

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Lonehill_Birders » Thu May 31, 2012 7:30 am

Juvie Bateleur - look at the bare parts on the face, which will turn red when the bird matures.
Second photo: Burchell's Coucal
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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Albert » Thu May 31, 2012 11:49 am

Lonehill_Birders wrote:Juvie Bateleur - look at the bare parts on the face, which will turn red when the bird matures.
Second photo: Burchell's Coucal


Aha..at least I got the Coucal id right...so this would be a Brown Snake Eagle?

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Roan » Thu May 31, 2012 12:31 pm

:thumbs_up: Jip! That's a brown snake eagle alright. Look at the long bare legs and the yellow eye. :whistle:
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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:21 am

haha love the post Roan
The Pells'Fishing Owl is a myth! It is a miss print in all the birding books and only put in there to fill up the owl section and frustrate birders into finding this unicorn of the birding world.
Tough customers those Pels fishing owls. Never seen one...

Definitely a juvenile bateleur. You can also see the black starting to come through on the tips of its wings. Spectacular birds, one of my favorites.

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Stickman360 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:09 pm

One of the most amazing raptor sightings i can recall was at Shingwedzi.
We were having a late morning breakfast after a drive up from mopani and in the river bed we saw a family group of mongoose.
Unfortunately for them we weren't the only ones watching them.
After the sound of alarm calls from the mongoose we witnessed a Martial eagle swoop down and snatch one. The sound effects were amazing and it was an awesome sighting.

I would love to see another raptor on the hunt in my next trip coming up,
Ii think its one of the most thrilling sightings you can experience in the park.

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Lonehill_Birders » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:21 pm

The Martial Eagle is a magnificent bird, Stickman - I wish we could see more of them, they seem a bit scarce these days.
As for Pel's, after searching for more than 20 years, we went to Ndumo on a walk with a great guide, and finally saw it, I was so overcome with emotion I promptly burst into tears :redface: I heard sniffing behind me, and one of the men (a macho type), was in tears too. :D That was the only time we ever saw a Pel's. Spent 3 nights at Teba camp last December, (Pafuri), and we hunted high and low and didn't find it, so I agree, it's a myth! (I probably had hallucinations at Ndumo)
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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:19 pm

Always blame it on me, BB! :twisted:

Stickman360 wrote:Whilst on the topic of raptors, has anyone seen the Big 6 of birds in one trip? We have checked off 5 of the big 6 on a few trips but the Pells fishing owl has never been seen. We've spoken to a few rangers concerning this and they have said that if you want to see it, head north and look towards punda maria.

Any thoughts on where we might locate this elusive bird of prey?


Saw the big 6 a couple of times in Kruger. Over a Saturday and a Sunday morning we picked up all 6 in central Kruger. :thumbs_up:

I posted this not too long ago on another birding forum.

Kruger National Park is one of the few places where one can spot the magestical Big 6 Birds. I have been fortunate to spot all 6 in a single weekend between Satara and Olifants! Here are some of our photos taken in Kruger.

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:51 pm

Kori in flight :thumbs_up:

How far into the bush did you go to get this reluctant flyer airborne? :whistle:
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

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Re: Big Brown Bird

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:13 pm

:twisted: :twisted:

Far enough, BB, far enough. :twisted: :twisted:

Langtoon dam in fact. :twisted: :twisted:
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