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Roller: Broadbilled

Unread postby richardharris » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:12 pm

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Beautiful summer visitor to the Kruger. Most likely to be seen perched at the top of trees.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:35 am

Awesome pics, Richard!

Where exactly did you take them?

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Unread postby Johann » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:32 am

wildtuinman wrote:Where exactly did you take them?


At about a 2 o'clock position on the 2nd tree at the 3rd inlet on the Pafuri-Crooks road :twisted: :lol: :twisted:
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Unread postby richardharris » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:50 am

Saw them several places - but these were just down the main road from Punda.

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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:03 am

BushCall wrote:The Rollers were there every time we did the loop around Punda Camp

Also the most consitant place I've spot them so far.

BTW great shot and well done at spotting the spider webs, I had to look twice before seeing them :D
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Unread postby Johann » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:26 am

Seen them a few times on the dirt road to Thulamila waterhole found between Punda gate and camp. On 30 Dec 2006 we had 5 of them chasing one another around a tree.

Klopperfontein dam road

Pafuri area.

Mahonie loop.

If I remember correctly, during 2006 HR's birding weekend we only saw one quite a distance away. This year we had far more sightings.
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Re: Broadbilled roller

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:55 am

Rusty Justy wrote:Desperately want to see one of these guys in Kruger :D
Only seen BBR once, in Mkhuze GR.

Take a trip to Punda and do the Mahonie loop. Found them there on every visit, sometimes the call gets your attention first
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Re: Broadbilled roller

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:56 pm

Thanks francoisd, Next time i'm up there I'll keep looping until i find one :D
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Re: Broadbilled roller

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:22 am

Saw this one in the Shingwedzi area - and some in the Punda area too. Nov 2008
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Re: Broadbilled roller

Unread postby Moegaai » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:49 am

Beautiful pics! We saw plenty of them down Richard's Bay way last weekend, on the road heading NE out of the town towards Richard's Bay Minerals' premises and beyond. So whoever lives in that area is bound to see them if you take that road!

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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:34 am

We were also luck to have a few sightings of these birds in November….our first ever. 8)
Unfortunately we were not able to get good photos of any of our sightings…actually battled with photos throughout or trip due to the cloudy weather (not complaining tho…the rain was a blessing! :dance: )

This was just a short distance from Shingwedzi on the S50 towards Kanniedood….really bad photo, but I’m posting this because if I look at the tree, I think this might be the same birds DB saw? :? We have noticed they have a specific tree that they normally return to.

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In Kruger we also had 1 sighting near Punda and two more sightings in the Pafuri. In Mapungubwe we also had two sightings. At the Treetop walk I almost got an in-flight shot…eish, if the light were just a bit better! :?

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Re: Broadbilled roller

Unread postby Imax » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:32 pm

Got this one just outside of Richards Bay. They were quite plentiful in the area

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Broadbilled Rollers

Unread postby Gralba » Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:58 pm

Hi
After a round of golf at Skukuza on Saturday and sitting in front of the club house having a well deserved beer, we saw 3 Broadbilled Rollers sitting in the dead tree in the dam near the first tee box. As far as I know they would be at the extremities of their distribution here and I have only seen them way up north and at Kosi Bay before.

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Re: Roller: Broadbilled

Unread postby Batmad » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:35 pm

Found mine in Pafuri and 2 more on the Morhene loop near Puna Maria
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Re: Roller: Broadbilled

Unread postby Skopsie » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:49 pm

I see them from time to time around Tzaneen.

Question on RichardHarris's pics:

Is the bird on the left in the first pic a juvenile? The belly is much more blue than the other one. My guides doesn't indicate a difference between the sexes.
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