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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:08 am

My SO got a nice sighting of a Crowned Hornbill at Nhlanguleni picnic spot last year.

Also saw 5 Trumpeter Hornbills on the Croc river in March this year.
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Unread postby Owl » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:27 pm

Hi WTM,

Thought you might be interested in this feedback I've received on Nicators at Satara from Basil Boer. Not too far from A-Circle, so perhaps the same bird.
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My wife and I were at Satara on 18,19,20 May this year and followed the Eastern Nicator around the dry pond just outside the reception for about
15 minutes but all I managed to photograph was its tail. I must admit if I was not so exited I may have managed a better shot but the sighting for us "Capies" was special. I did, however, get some good shots of the African Scops Owl in the same area.
Regarding Mosque Swallows, we saw 4 on 16 May East of Skakuza at the junction of the H4-1 and H12 I must admit I did not know these sightings were unusual, otherwise I would have posted them.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:35 pm

Owl, thanks for posting that. That is exciting news!

Now if someone can just please tie that bird down till mid September. :lol:
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Unread postby Owl » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:48 pm

More exciting news WTM!

Just got a mail from Robert Wienand:

I just thought I would let you know that I got back from the Kruger last night, and am happy to say that I did indeed find the Nicator as well. I didn’t think I would have much chance in finding a single bird in a camp the size of Satara, and especially as I literally only had an hour or so over midday to find the bird.

I walked past the restaurant towards the F circle, and the first bird I saw was the Nicator. I couldn’t believe my luck! I followed it around trying to get various photos of it, and was surprised at how relaxed it was with my presence.

I will posting a few pics in good time.

Thank you once again for making mention of this bird. It is a great tick for my Kruger list and and even bigger tick for my Mpumalanga list.

Kind regards

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:19 am

Owl, you are making every day of mine now an exciting day. I am now planning to get to Satara at the end of this month.

Thanks again!
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Unread postby Owl » Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:38 pm

It just gets more enticing for you WTM.

Robert has sent me a couple of the midday pics he got of the Satara Nicator that put my earlier photos to shame.

I've loaded them onto the gallery:
http://www.sanparks.org/gallery/v/birdp ... 1.jpg.html

http://www.sanparks.org/gallery/v/birdp ... 2.jpg.html

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:11 pm

Owl, you are gonna make me, a grown man, cry! :lol:

I wonder if I can sneak off to Kruger tonight. :hmz:

Thanks for the links to the awesome pictures.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:13 pm

Owl, I will be in Satara on Saturday and Sunday. Any idea if the Nicator is still around? :?
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Unread postby Owl » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:41 pm

Unfortunately I haven't heard of any reported sightings. :cry:

But at the same time I haven't heard of anyone looking for it and dipping! :wink:

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:44 am

Hi Owl, I went and did quite an extensive search for it in Satara over the weekend. Dipped out badly thou. :( But I will be back there again in September and try my luck once more.

Satara again did not disappoint birding wise! :clap: It is a super birding camp. :D
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Unread postby Owl » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:59 am

Unlucky WTM - hope you nail it next time.

If not, drop us a line next time your heading up to Punda as although the Satara bird/s was remarkably confiding for first me and then Robert, Punda and surrounds is still more reliable IMO to at least hear the little suckers!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:16 am

Thanks Owl, will do so. :D
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Unread postby JoelR » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:34 am

wildtuinman wrote:Dipped out badly thou. :( But I will be back there again in September and try my luck once more.

Hey WTM. Dunno when you're in Kruger again, but I was there the last week and found an obliging Eastern Nicator in Tamboti!!! It was showing itself in the bushes between tent 13 (where we were staying) and tent 14. Spent 10 minutes with it. These birds definately seem to coming down south more.

Was also amazed by the huge number of Sombre Greenbuls in KNP. Never noticed them before. Skukuza camp was infested with 'willies'...

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Re: Some unusual Kruger bird sightings over the June long wk-end

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:42 am

Awesome stuff! Thanks Joel!

I will be in Tamboti from Sunday till Tuesday! I will definitely have a good look around. :dance:
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Re: Some unusual Kruger bird sightings over the June long wk-end

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:18 am

I have just returned from Tamboti and had a very good look around for the Nicator on Sunday.

Around dusk I gave up hope and went to sit on the veranda of tent nr.3 for a well deserved sundowner. My rather vocal companions had left for the ablutions when I noticed a movement right in front of the veranda and low and behold, there the Nicator came out to show itself to me. I had quite a good few minutes with it.

So finally I can say that I am now also part of the Nicator tickers club. :lol:
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