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KTP: Where have all the hornbills gone?

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KTP: Where have all the hornbills gone?

Unread postby Annaluisa » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:24 pm

Hi everyone

We have just returned from a wonderful trip to KTP and while we saw a great deal both animal- and bird-wise, we were struck by the total absence of a bird we have come to regard as part of the Kgalagadi 'furniture', so to speak - the Southern Yellow-billed hornbill. We are used to seeing them in numbers and in all seasons, both inside and outside the camps, and though we travelled all over the park and stayed at all three main camps, we literally saw only one hornbill in more than a week.

I queried this with one of the guides, but she couldn't explain it, so I was wondering whether any bird experts out there could come up with the answer? Apart from anything else, they are such delightful characters and we felt something was missing without their presence, particularly in the camps!

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Re: KTP: Where have all the hornbills gone?

Unread postby Jembo » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:19 am

They find the camp food boring - we'll have to spice up the menu :whistle:

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