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Unusual Bird Sightings

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue May 05, 2009 9:06 am

There have been some unusual bird sightings lately in and around the Park.

Dave Hood was in Addo over the weekend of 25 April and spotted this Temminck's courser (in background) on the grasslands beyond Carol's Rest in association with a group of Crowned Lapwing's (foreground):

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Local bird expert Charles Marais had this to say about the Temminck's courser which usually doesn't occur in the Park:

"When the 'desert moves southward' and produces this extremely dry weather that we have had until recently we often get 'dry country' birds...are they vagrants or are they just opportunely moving into a temporarily dry area? Birds like namaqua doves, fairy flycatchers and ludwigs bustard definitely are more common in dry seasons. I think of it as more like the ebb and flow in the ecological equilibrium." Interesting thoughts...

The owners of the Stellenhof B&B had a very exciting sighting a few weeks ago when a group of 8 Marabou Storks appeared on their property which is on the south-western boundary of the Main Game Area.

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There was also a sighting of a single Marabou Stork in the Nyathi area of the Park a few years ago. It would be very good news if Marabou Storks were moving into the area to complement the scavenger component of the ecosystem.
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Re: Unusual Bird Sightings

Unread postby Henk » Tue May 05, 2009 10:59 am

Hi Megan.
Very interesting sightings, which makes me wodering.
If Maraboes moves into the area and starts sircling above a lion kill, will this trigger hyenas to investigate or is it easy enough for them to kill on their own.I find very little interaction between lions and hyena in Addo or am I wrong?

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Re: Unusual Bird Sightings

Unread postby JenB » Tue May 05, 2009 11:07 am

Thanx Megan! :D
Very interesting indeed!
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Re: Unusual Bird Sightings

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue May 05, 2009 1:04 pm

Yes henk,
There seems to be little interaction between lion and hyena at the moment mainly because hyena are making most of their own kills and beause the two species are using different habitats: hyenas using thicker bush areas and lions using the more open areas. As the numbers of the two species rise and the lions organise themselves into more of a pride in the future, perhaps there will be more interaction and competition between them.

I suppose marabou storks or vultures (there have also been a few sightings of these in the past) circling could alert hyena and lion to each other's kills but whether they respond on this would probably depend on how badly they need to steal a kill (depending on numbers vs prey available etc).

There also aren't many tall trees around in the thicket for perching, so this could play a role in whether marabou/vultures do eventually move in or not.
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby simonB » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:19 pm

Spotted this Oxpecker at Carols rest. Pity we only saw the bird while going through the pictures in the evening after the trip, amazing how they blend in.

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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby J.J. » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:57 pm

Addo is really a birders paradise if you are patient. Here are a few pics.

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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby saraf » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:03 pm

JJ - stunning photos, as always.

Thanking for sharing them with us.
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:10 pm

Thanks J.J.,

impressive pictures :thumbs_up: :clap:

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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:16 pm

Love your pics JJ - wow!!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby DANKBAAR » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:26 pm

Awesome photos JJ.

Did you take some of them at the bird hide in Main Camp ?
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby J.J. » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:39 pm

No Dankbaar...I took all these pictures in the veld.

I took this 2 last Saturday...

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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby koedoe » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:00 pm

Some information:
I am a reserve manager and keen 'birder' and saw the first red billed oxpecker on our property about a week ago. We are neighbours to Addo's northern border and Kuzuko's eastern border. I found a nesting site and during daytime they feed on our cattle and I assume Kuzuko's game.
They are probably from the original released stock from Addo. The original birds are all ringed, so the colour of the ring is to identify the release area.
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby carolynn » Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:47 pm

For those of you on facebook - there is a group called "Birds of the Addo Elephant Park" - just started. Join the group and add your bird sightings there too :)
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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby Johanita » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:15 pm

Thanks Koedoe

I will defnitely keep my eyes peeled next week for those oxpeckers and watch out for the colour of the rings - can you tell me which colour se Addo oxpeckers are suppose to have?

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Re: Addo: Birds

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:28 pm

J.J., your bird pics are sensational!! :clap:


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