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Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:44 pm 
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Which bird hides are best for taking photographs i.e. in terms of proximity to the birds?

p s I'll be based at Satara.


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Location: Red sand, why do I keep thinking of red sand?
Hides around Pafuri or Berg en Dal won't really be an option then....

There are not many hides around that area, Sweni could be good for birding, Ratelpan I found rather empty when I was there last, but it was lousy weather, so that may be the reason.

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Nthandanyati and Lake Panic would offer close up views .
Shipandane was a bit quiet on 4 occasions when I was in the area .

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Lake Panic is the best but realistically speaking not from Satara. By the time you get there the sun would already be your enemy. Although I've taken great pics at all times of the day at Lake Panic.

As DQ said your best bet would be Sweni. Just love this hide. Have had some awesome sightings here in the past. Ratelpan not always that productive, don't think its location is the best if I remember correctly.

Anything else you'll have the same problem as with Lake Panic. Only difference is that with most of them it won't be worth it. If you really want to drive some distance and try out something other than Sweni or Ratelpan give Lake Panic a go.

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Hi,

Based in Satara, this would be Sweni hide.

Sweni is indeed a very nice hide, and because of the silence, peace and the fact that it isnt overcrowded as Lake Panic sometimes can be...makes it my favorite hide. Sightings vary here, sometimes alot of birds , sometimes not..... Hippo and crocodile sightings are however guaranteed. 8) The bonus of this hide is that it is close to N'wanetsi aswell, so you can use it as a quick pit stop if you want to :). This hide has produced a lot of storks to me, as well as elephant, bushbuck, baboons (often) kudu's hippo's and crocs...

I think Ratelpan is the worst hide of whole kruger, far off, almost always dry....bushy etc.... :cry:

Anyway, enjoy, I am :mrgreen:
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Sweni is good, as are the roads to it and around it.

I just don't get ratelpan, its as if they decided to build a hide in the middle of nowhere .
Why on earth they did not make it closer to the dam (Ie further along the road towards Olifants) I can not fathom.


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Sweni. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger bird hides
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ndloti wrote:
Nthandanyati and Lake Panic would offer close up views .
Shipandane was a bit quiet on 4 occasions when I was in the area .


Got nesting White Backed Night Herons nesting on two recent trips to Shipandane...that Mopani area cooks and is Krugers best kept secret

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger bird hides
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Peter Betts wrote:
Got nesting White Backed Night Herons nesting on two recent trips to Shipandane...that Mopani area cooks and is Krugers best kept secret


Your "recent" might be a bit long ago Peter. We did go to Shipandane in September 2007 and again now in January and there are no Night-Herons around. Also no other reports of any sightings in the last couple of months from there.

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The best "hide" in the Satara area for taking photos of birds is in my opinion staying in the camp itself. There is a large variety of birds in the camp and with a little patience, stealth and just sitting quietly in one spot will result in much more opportunities than driving around to a hide missing the best light.

Below are just some of the birds I have photographed in Satara rest camp. Much more than you can ever expect to get at any of the hides mentioned and I've said it before, the Kruger hides does not work well for photography especially for birds. Even Lake Panic disappoints when the water level is very high

Red-billed Buffalo-weaver
Red-billed Hornbill
Yellow Hornbill
Laughing dove
Groundscrapper Thrush
Glossy Starling
Diderick Cuckoo
Woodland Kingfisher
Helmeted Guineafowl
African Scops Owl
Bennett's Woodpecker
Lesser Masked Weaver
Paradise Flycatcher
Natal Francolin
Brown-headed Parrot
African Hoopoe
Redbilled Woodhoopoe
African Mourning Dove
Arrow-marked Babbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Grey Go-away Bird
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

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bucky wrote:
I just don't get ratelpan, its as if they decided to build a hide in the middle of nowhere .
Why on earth they did not make it closer to the dam (Ie further along the road towards Olifants) I can not fathom.


Either the water levels were much higher in those days/ the dam wastn built or just poor judgement.
Been there only during winter but no water nearby.

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Its a newish hide, deffs after the dam was built etc.

Bad decision if you had to ask me.


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