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 Post subject: MZNP: Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:33 pm 
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I thought it was time to start a thread on the birds of Mountain Zebra National Park. We have recently visited the park(June 2010) and really enjoyed the birding.

We ticked off more than 50 different birds on the MZNP Bird list. Raptors seen included Verreaux's Eagle, Martial Eagle and African Harrier Hawk. We also saw a Ludwig's Bustard, a sighting which always gets us excited.

A few pix of some of the other birds seen:

Red Headed Finch

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African Hoopoe

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Brown Hooded Kingfisher

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Spotted Eagle Owl

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Golden Breasted Bunting(quite shy)

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Cape Longclaw

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:38 pm 
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Beautiful sightings and pics wanderw, thanks for sharing :clap: :thumbs_up:
This park seems to be a real jewel!

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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Beautiful pics Wanderw :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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WanderW. Thanks for the bird pics. Looks like I need to put MZP on my list of places to go.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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Isn't that a Cape eagle owl?

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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Thanx fc,koedoe and Touareg! :)

@BB - there is also a rufous form of Spotted Eagle Owl with orange eyes, and this one had fine barring on the belly and smallish feet, so we felt it was a Spotted Eagle Owl. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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I thought the rufous form of SEO with orange eyes WAS the CEO!

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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@BB - check out Sappi's Raptor Identification Guide for Southern Africa by Ulrich Oberprieler and Burger Cillie - it states the differences and has some great pix! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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A few more birds...

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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Lovely pix J.J.! :thumbs_up: I especially liked your Boubou and Spotted Thick knee pix, and :mrgreen: about your Blue Korhaan pic! We also saw the blue korhaan but they were too far for a pic! :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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My MZNP bird pics

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: BIRDS
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Great pix Henk! Thanx for posting! :thumbs_up: :mrgreen: about your mating ostriches!

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 Post subject: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra
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I'm looking forward to the upcoming weekend, which I have turned into a long one. I will be visiting Mountain Zebra for the first time. My main interest is birding though I am also keen to experience the Cheetah Tracking walk. I live in Durban so am hoping for quite a few lifers for my bird list as the habitat is so different. Larks and the like are high on my list. Any tips from anyone birding wise?

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 Post subject: Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra
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Hi Penza and a warm welcome to the forum........ :gflower:

Have a look here, Mountain Zebra: BIRDS, though the last posting there was in 2010!!

Here is a link to MZNP birding list

I'm sure one of the birders, will be a long shortly with some nice tips...... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra
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Penza, welcome to the forum and a good choice of park to visit. :dance:

I have only been there once, but love to go back there sooner than later.
hilda wrote:
There are quite a few very helpful bird experts on this Forum! :thumbs_up:

hilda's comment is not applicable to me. :) , but let see if we can help. :thumbs_up:

Here is a map of the park and during our visit in June 2011, we had found some great birdies in two areas mainly.
I have color-coded 2 rectanglular spots on the map. The one the Ubejane loop and the other one Kranskoploop
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On the Ubejane loop (grey area), we spotted the following birdies: Double-banded courser (photo), Schrub robin, White-browned sparrow weaver, Village indigobird (steelblue widow finch), Yellow-billed egret, Spotted thick knee and Familiar chat.
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As you came down from the Kranskop section (orange coloured block)to the area between the picnic spot and the camp, there are nice trees where we spotted some colourful birdies i.e. Brown-hoode kingfisher, African hoopoe, Acacia Pied Barbet, Fiscal flycatcher (he is a treat at the swimming pool and very inquisitive) and then some African Pied Starling - here are some chicks.
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For cheetah, we spotted him on the Link road close to the intersection with Rooiplaat. look out in this area for the Aardwolf. I know that the grass might be quite tall, but worth the while to see if you can spot him.

Hope you have a memorable trip to MZNP. :thumbs_up:

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