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Wryneck: Red Throated

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Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:18 pm

I know my garden isn't in kruger but anyway I was totally amazed this morning to find a Wrynek has taken over the barbets nest log in my garden and seems to be settling in very well :)
Not a common bird but very welcome.

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Unread postby j-ms » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:13 pm

I have only seen Wrynecks in the Eastern Cape - Mountain Zebra NP near Cradock and Mount Currie (although that is now officially in KZN). Both times I was suprprised to se them because they were not what I was looking for.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:45 am

I think my little friend has had it babies although I never saw them. He was very quite over the last 6 weeks and I only saw mom and dad flying into the nest and them leaving. About 2 day ago he started with his early morning (4:30am) calling again. Not sure why he stopped at first and was silent and now has started up again. He has also become very bold and now sit next to the log and calls, before he use to sit in the mouth of the nest and call.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:29 am

I noticed on return from Dec/Jan hols that Starlings have moved into the nest log. I know the Wrynecks did have babies, so maybe they moved on or the Starlings kicked them out. This morning I was woken up by the Wryneck calling and he is back. The Starlings are still in the nest log so i'm not too sure what is going to happen. Will keep you informed

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Unread postby Johann » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:53 pm

Some pics of Wrynek I took at work. Not easy, shy bird who does not like its photo taken.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:36 pm

My little Wryneck friend is back and looks like he is about to take back his nest log, although I haven't seen the starlings in it for a while. I did not not see him this morning but his persistent call was heard from the tree with the nest log in it. I will keep a watch to see when he shows himself.

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Unread postby jetjennings » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:20 pm

I have been lucky enough to tick him/her off as well, can be found at Rietvlei Dam Near Centurion. Have seen 2 there already.
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Unread postby sioux » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:56 pm

I live in the Bryanston/Randburg area and he is a regular visitor in my garden, especially when I have put out a bone-meal pine cone. He is very camera-shy but I am hoping to be able to get a pic soon.

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Unread postby mountainview » Thu May 10, 2007 9:40 pm

We had them on a plot in Midrand, a small holding in Centurion and now we are on a plot near Kilpriviersburg Nature Reserve. Distinctive call and easy to spot when you know it. They don't compete with the Barbets for nesting holes because they nest at a different time.
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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:33 am

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I was fortunate enough to ring my resident wryneck - this is what it looks like in the hand.
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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:03 am

Ticked mine off in the Vaal Triangle, Vanderbijlpark. It was feeding under a bluegumtree.
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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:51 am

Saw yet another one in Rietvlei, PTA on Sunday. :wink:
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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Imax » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:53 am

Spotted one on the flat plains of the Freestate between Heilbron and Frankfort this weekend!

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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:39 pm

Very Nice pics :D I have one here in Sunninghill, but havent't heard him for a while.....They calling all over Rivonia, Bryanston and Midrand at the moment!!

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Re: Wryneck: Red Throated

Unread postby Bosnimf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:51 pm

I have tried and failed many times....finally got one to sit nice and open :D

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