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Pratincole: Collared Pratincole

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:19 pm

Probably the most exciting birding encounter of our holiday was a flock of collared (red-winged) pratincoles (about 200 strong) that we found in the same spot every day for a week. On the fourth day they sat in the road, catching meals on-the-hop from a hatch of grasshoppers. We could get to within a few metres before they would fly off and again settle in the road at the back of a passing vehicle.

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Unread postby fuzzmonkey » Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:37 pm

Hi Johan

Awesome sighting :D

I remember looking for these guys every time I went to park but to no avail (we even spent an entire day at Englehart Dam waiting for them to pitch up). Then on my last visit in Jan 2006 before I came out to the UK we saw hundreds of them sitting in the road outside Mopani Camp, with hundreds more flying about Pioneer Dam. It never rains it pours!

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Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:11 pm

Rooibosrant Dam, 19 Oct 07
This is not nearly the same quality as Johan’s shot…was very far (had to crop) and the light was terrible …… but this was my first sighting of this bird. Is this a rare sighting for Kruger? According to my SASOL guide they are common summer visitors.

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Unread postby Mads » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:10 am

I saw this past weekend Collared Pratincoles at Shilolweni Dam just South of Tshokwane. :lol: They were sitting in the short grass close to the damwall.

I have never seen them so far South in KNP. :mrgreen:
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:15 pm

Mads, expect to see the RWP (CP) all along the low-laying areas thoughout Natal, so far south as the northern parts of the Eastern Cape. In KNP expect to see it throughout, except maybe the north western parts.

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Pratincole: Collared

Unread postby Imax » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:45 pm

We had some great sightings of breeding Collared Pratincoles on a sprouting cane sugar field just out side of Mtunzini, KZN.

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Collared Pratincole
Glareola pratincola

Status: This species is near threatened and a generally uncommon inter-Africa migrant present July to February.

Habitat: Mostly on floodplains and estuaries, always close to water.

Food: Insects, and mainly feeds while airborne during day time and on moonlit nights.

Call: Shrill harsh chattering notes.

Breeding: Monogamous and breeds in colonies. Nests are a loose shallow scrape on the soil and the eggs are very difficult to see.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby maddie2312 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:20 am

Hi All,

Hope you can ID this for us. We saw it in KNP on the Capricorn Loop East of Mopani, it was beside Nshawu no 3 on the S50 on the 11th of Oct at 3.20 pm. It was on it's own. It was very curious and flew back and forth round us. The 2nd pic shows it holding out it's wings and bobbing it's head from side to side. It had a bigger body than a water thick knee but I think it's legs were slightly shorter. We checked in books at the camp shops as he was not in our 'wee' book and couldn't find him. Thank you in anticipation! 2nd pic not so clear but lets you see what he was doing.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:44 am

Maddie, that looks to me like a redwinged pratincole (also called a collared pratincole).
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby maddie2312 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:57 am

Arks - thank you for the speedy ID. I have checked other online pics and that's him! Does anyone know if they are sighted often in Kruger as this has been our only one?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:08 am

Collared Pratincole is not very common in Kruger, but can sometimes be out in good numbers around dams and rivers in the Letaba/Mopani area. This individual might have a nest there, seeing its (defensive?) behaviour.

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Unread postby DotDan » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:33 am

LMAO @ in good numbers :lol: :lol:

Hey Joel? :twisted: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:55 am

DotDan wrote:LMAO @ in good numbers :lol: :lol:

Hey Joel? :twisted: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:20 pm

I have another bird pic query, certainly keeping the experts busy!

We saw at them Matambeni Hide near Letaba in Feb.

They were flying round, and they fly fast and well and then land briefly on the island in the middle of the dam, then off again.
From what we could make out and try and ID ourselves with our bird guide we thought they could be Collared Pratincoles

Do you think this could be them?
sorry about the quality but this is about the best pic I could extract and that was at the full zoom with our big lens.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:29 pm

Those are indeed Collared Pratincoles (Considering the red/brown underwings were seen) distribution should clench it too :twisted:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:55 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Those are indeed Collared Pratincoles (Considering the red/brown underwings were seen) distribution should clench it too :twisted:
The underwings did look rufous to us.
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