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 Post subject: Dove: African Mourning
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:38 am 
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As far as I can remember I have only seen them in Letaba. What a beautifull sound they make.

Are they as common as in Letaba at other camps?

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For me Letaba = Mourning Doves! 8)
When we were at Satara in September we heard them there for the first time as well. Not in the campsite though, in the circle of bugalows in the lefthand corner and furthest from the gate as you enter.


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oh yes, I just love their kur-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r sound.
Also saw them in Letaba, while enjoying the riverview near restaurant.


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Ian Sinclair describes the sound as "A soft, dove-like 'cooooc-curr'. What makes this sound memorable is the impression it leaves you with - the dove is not called "mourning dove" without reason. It has large red circles round the eyes like someone who's been crying and the sound is very sad. Interesting - Ian Sinclair mentions Satara in his Field Guide as the place to look for them.


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Shingwedzi camp also excellent for seeing them and yes the "k-ur-r-r..." sound is so relaxing.


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I alway wonderd what dove made that Kur-r-r-r-r-r-r-rrr sound. (well before buying a birdbook and a video with the sounds of the KNP birds)And now back home I found an old tape with birdsounds on it (and their name). Just intresting to listen to tham and try to imitate tham. Can imitate the cape tortle dove, emerald spotted wooddove, the kur-r-r-r-rr of the mourningdove already. Some more birds, but I like the mourning dove's kurrrrr.
(i also like to imitate the ostrich, black-collard barbet, ground hornbill and burchals coucal) :shock: :? {yes I know this sound a bit wyrd, but thats me :lol: )

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 Post subject: Mourning Doves
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Although the Mourning dove has a lovely soothing call, I still think the emerald spotted dove has an instant game reserve ring to it and you either know you are there or you wish you were when you hear it.


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Yes, I also see and hear them in Letaba and Satara. When I was little, I called it the afternoon bird, because that was the only time I heard it.

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 Post subject: Mourning Doves distribution in Kruger
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The Mourning Dove has a strangely restricted range in Kruger. It is common in camps like Shingwedzi, Letaba and Satara, and less so at Tshokwane and Lower Sabie. It is also found at a handful of other spots, but although these locations are spread over the length of the park, it is rarely seen and seemingly absent from the territory in between.

There seems to be a recent colonisation of some sites in the far south of the park, even in private locations south of the Crocodile River. Have readers noticed Mourning Doves moving south? Where are these other locations?


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Seen two in a branch on the banks of the Sabie between
Nkuhlu and Skukuza

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There is a lodge(is the lodge name allowed to be mentioned on parks site ?) on Crocodile river not far from Croc bridge where I've heard them. Second Bert on his observation, especially LS region.

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Ngwenya is indeed where some of the recent reports are from. It would be interesting to know if these are a recent colonisation or if they have been there since the lodge's inception?


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Awsome bird! has one of my favourite calls!

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 Post subject: Re: African Mourning dove
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 Post subject: Re: Dove: African Mourning
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