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KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:13 am

Hi everyone

I'm heading to the southern Kruger in early November this year. This will be my first trip to KNP in early November so I'm not sure what to expect on the birding front.

What summer migrants can I expect to see this time of year? Which species are the first to arrive, big and small?

Does this depend on the start of the summer rains?

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Re: KNP summer migrant - November

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:59 am

Hi JoJ!

Here is a link you will find of much interest I am sure - link

Also the impala start to drop their lambs from about'ish 7 Novermber ....

Last year the woodies were late, we left the park on 16 November and had only heard a woodie in the distance. The only other colourful birds we miss in November are the Southern Carmine bee-eaters and the European Rollers.
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:58 am

Thanks DB, very interesting read :thumbs_up:

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:07 am

By early November, most of the migrants should be there already I think.
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:58 am

We have spent the last four Novembers in Phalaborwa, doing regular day visits into the park.

Each year was different, both with summer migrants and Impala births.

One year the European Rollers were very late arriving, but the Woodies were early!!!
Another year we waited till the third week of Nov to hear our first Woodie. :cry:

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:00 pm

I will be in Mapungubwe and mostly northern to central KNP (Skukuza my last 2 nights) in late October thru mid-November. Will I have ANY chance of seeing Carmine bee eaters? :pray:
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:09 pm

If you read through here - Southern Carmine Bee-eaters the chance to see them before Dec seems slim to zero.

We have never seen them on a November trip, only in Feb/March.
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:38 pm

:( :( :( Thanks, DB. Bad timing again :wink:
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:38 am

DinkyBird wrote:If you read through here - Southern Carmine Bee-eaters the chance to see them before Dec seems slim to zero.

We have never seen them on a November trip, only in Feb/March.

I'm pretty sure we saw them over the 16 December long weekend a few years ago. We were staying in Punda Maria.
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:44 am

Thanks for the feedback all, I will keep my binocs and camera ready :thumbs_up: :cam:

I'm visiting the very southern region of the park, Lower Sabie, Croc Bridge area. Will let you know what I come across.

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:05 am

Hi James

Plenty of migrants will be back by that time.

In the area you are visiting you should be able to see a lot of the migrant Cuckoos such as Greater Spotted Cuckoo, Red Chested Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo and Diderick Cuckoo.

Raptors are also back in full force such as Wahlberg's Eagle, Yellow Billed Kite, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Montagu Harrier (especially north of Lower Sabie).

Some of your smaller birds such as the Red Backed Shrikes will be abundant and then keep a ear out for thickets which may have some Garden Warbler or Marsh Warblers calling.. Good luck seeing them though.

Keep a look at for Southern Brown-Throated Weavers which breed on the Crocdile Bridge from around Nov-March.

Try to do a night drive if possible and see if you can get some Nightjars such as Fiery Necked, European and Square Tailed Nightjars.

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby arks » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:38 pm

Useful list for me, too, I think, DD :thumbs_up: Anything further that you can add for migrants that I might encounter in northern and central KNP? :pray: My most southern camp is Skukuza.
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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:58 am

How far north are you heading Arks?

Around Satara, you can perhaps lookout for Pallid Harrier alongside Montagu harrier. Also Harlequin Quail could be present if the ara is wet enough especially along the S90.

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:06 am

DotDan wrote:Plenty of migrants will be back by that time.

In the area you are visiting you should be able to see a lot of the migrant Cuckoos such as Greater Spotted Cuckoo, Red Chested Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo and Diderick Cuckoo.

Raptors are also back in full force such as Wahlberg's Eagle, Yellow Billed Kite, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Montagu Harrier (especially north of Lower Sabie).

Some of your smaller birds such as the Red Backed Shrikes will be abundant and then keep a ear out for thickets which may have some Garden Warbler or Marsh Warblers calling.. Good luck seeing them though.

Keep a look at for Southern Brown-Throated Weavers which breed on the Crocdile Bridge from around Nov-March.

Try to do a night drive if possible and see if you can get some Nightjars such as Fiery Necked, European and Square Tailed Nightjars.



Fantastic, thanks for the feedback DD :thumbs_up:

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Re: KNP summer migrants - November

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:10 am

Roll on Oct and Nov!

Thanks DD!
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