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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:12 pm 
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:big_eyes: I'm speechless!

What a pic Johan!! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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wow !!! for the sighting and the picture :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Absolutely amazing JvR :thumbs_up: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Wow Johan !! Great pic and sighting!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: Makes me :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Still need to see it :( :D

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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WoW, Johan :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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I was up at Pafuri in November/December, and saw at least 10 Pel's (I actually lost count) and could have seen more if I had wanted to. Most sightings were from Luvuvhu bridge (including two individuals on one occasion), a few not far upstream from there at Maluteni and Pumphouse Bend. I also heard a Pel's calling at Crooks' Corner one evening. There was also at least one sighting from the deck at Pafuri Camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Been in the Punda Maria area for most of December, and as everybody are always :big_eyes: about the Pels, I've never even considered that I would also see one.... and then on our way to work at Pafuri Picnic spot, suddenly we heard a sound, looked up and there it was flying very low over our car, makind that shhhhh sound in doing so. What a sight, what an experience :clap:

Johan, also heard from Frank that there are currently about 10 breeding pairs that he know off in the area. For 3 weeks we have been directing visitors to where we saw it, I really hope some of them found it as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Great news on the numbers of Pels! :dance:
Nice sighting Petra and Johan for yours too! :thumbs_up:

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you would say Pel's Fishing... become common :hmz: :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Well, you could say they are fairly common in a few specific and restricted localities. The thing at Pafuri is that they are ridiculously easy to see, if conditions are right. That's a big if, though, as the water level in the river has to be right. When it is, you just have to check their favorite perches overhanging the river, one of which is right at the bridge. There is of course also a chance of seeing them on the river bank or in another tree, they don't always follow the rules.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Have to agree that the news on the 'at least 10 breeding pairs' is fantastic. Hope they can remain undisturbed for a few seasons so the population can keep growing.

Have never seen one in my 7 trips to KNP so as yet a Pel's fishing owl sighting remains on my bucket list.

Shout out to Frank for his excellent work as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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johanrebel wrote:
Well, you could say they are fairly common in a few specific and restricted localities. The thing at Pafuri is that they are ridiculously easy to see, if conditinos are right. That's a big if, though, as the water level in the river has to be right. When it is, you just have to check their favorite perches overhanging the river, one of which is right at the bridge. There is of course also a chance of seeing them on the river bank or in another tree, they don't always follow the rules.

Johan


@johanrebel, it's easy to mistake a Laughing dove for a Pel...

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Well, those drops of rain they had up in the north back in January certainly sent the Pel's scurrying. I suspect they are now mostly hanging around the various pans (there seems to be one on every corner. Pan, that is, not Pel's), not the fast flowing and turbid rivers. Having said that, the only Pel's I saw during then days in the Makuleke CNP last month was along the Luvuvhu, during an afternoon walk just downstream of The Outpost (i.e. about a kilometer downstream of the Mutale confluence).

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Hey there PFOF (Pel's Fishing Owl Friends :whistle: ).

I need some advise / suggestions / inspirations / ideas or perhaps just some of your dreams. For the ultimate 4 or 5 day Kruger trip to see Pel's, what would the itinerary look like and what time of year. I am thinking winter with two days in Olifants (walking the river) and then 2 days in Pafuri. But what ideas do you have. Are there other spots that one may want to include (perhaps even places outside, but close to Kruger). Please share your thoughts :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing
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Dear Waterbuck,

I've been searching for this elusive bird myself. Even my father-in-law who has visited the park since the mid 70's has never been lucky enough to see it. Your best bet might well be in the Pafuri area from what I've read in the past. There have also been the occasional sighting along the S3 just east of Skukuza.

Good luck with your search and if you encounter some, please share.

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