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 Post subject: Kingfisher: Half-Collared
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:47 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:08 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:35 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:54 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
Unread postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
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Also my Bogey bird this one!!! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
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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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 Post subject: Re: Half-Collared Kingfisher
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Thanks for the info PaulE :D

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