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Sandgrouse, Burchell's

Unread postby Great Dane » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:55 am

Saw these two in Mokala NP south of Kimberly in the Easter weekend.

After running in front of the car on this track towards the Waal River for some time they finally decided to fly off (seemed to be good flyers).

My best guess is Burchell's Sandgrouse, but as it was not on their bird-list and seems to be somewhat out of their distribution I am not sure. Anyone?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:31 am

You are correct with your ID, Michael. Mokala is on the edge of the known distribution range and the habitat is right for them. So, no reason why not. According to SABAP data it was previously seen in the northern part of Mokala NR. (Recorded twice out of 17 full protocol cards submitted for that area)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Great Dane » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:32 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:You are correct with your ID, Michael. Mokala is on the edge of the known distribution range and the habitat is right for them. So, no reason why not. According to SABAP data it was previously seen in the northern part of Mokala NR. (Recorded twice out of 17 full protocol cards submitted for that area)

Many thanks for the info Johan 8)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:43 pm

I was in a private reserve near Kimberley in November GB, and had a great sighting of these chaps there.
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