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Kingfisher: Half-Collared

Unread postby junior1449 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:47 am

This is one of my bogey birds, I've always wanted to see one since I was small but still have not found one.
Have you seen one in kruger and if so where?
Where is a good place in the cape to try and find them?

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby JoelR » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:08 am

Saw one last weekend along a small river in Mabusa NR (Mpumalanga) and earlier this year in the Eastern Cape (former Transkei) along a little mountain stream. Although literature states they prefer these flowing watercourses, I have also spotted it over a dam in Mlilwane GR (Swaziland) - but there were streams around this dam which might explain its occurence.

Junior1449, I know this doesn't answer any of your questions directly but it might give you a better idea where to look for the Half-collared Kingfisher.

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:35 am

I've only seen it on the Touw's River in the Wilderness National Park once before. Indeed a very tricky character to find. :lol:
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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby Gary » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:54 pm

I saw one just above the Groot-Rivier bridge in nature's valley in 1998. I've been back there many times since and haven't seen another :(
They sound quite 'sensitive' and probably move if they're not entirely happy.

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby TaraLB » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:38 am

There was one that was resident near a little salt marsh on the Kariega River where I did my fieldwork. Was awesome to see it in the early morning light, a brillent flash of blue zipping across the water. I don't know if they are still there, but if you have access to a boat I am happy to take you and show you :)

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:38 pm

Also my Bogey bird this one!!! :twisted:
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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby wingman » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:10 pm

There is one currently resident on the Malelane bridge as you enter Kruger at Malelane gate mostly seen on the right hand side as you start to cross the bridge

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby wingman » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:10 pm

There is one currently resident on the Malelane bridge as you enter Kruger at Malelane gate mostly seen on the right hand side as you start to cross the bridge

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Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:54 pm

Thanks for the info PaulE :D
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