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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:50 pm 
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Remarkably a juv SBS was recently seen in the KTFP!!! See here

It's TOTALLY out of range for it, and I couldn't even find any prior records of incidentals there.

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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
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Wow Dalene that is a stunning picture!

This was the closest that I've ever been to these beautiful birds.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi guys,

Thanks a lot! While working through our holiday photos (only about 2000 of them :lol: ), I ran into some other bird sightings which I don't know. You have probably already guessed that I'm not a bird specialist :)

Anyways, thanks for helping me out.

All birds are spotted between Olifants and Skukuza in Kruger.

6.Pretty sure this is a Saddle Billed Stork?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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:D 2000 pics, thats a decent session!
I'm glad I can help you out, we are all in the learning curve. Do you have a field guide?
ok so here's what I think of your latest bunch

#6. Great ID yes a Saddle Billed Stork (Wow and those two big crocs look impressive,great spot!!)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Agree with you on all of them Jurgen :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks guys,

No, don't have a field guide. One of those things you don't realize you're going to need while on holiday in SA. Looking back it would have been good to get one. Now I'm back in the Netherlands and fixing my photobook. Next safari will definitely include a field guide :lol:

As soon as I approach the Golden Gate/Addo part of my trip (working the pics) I'll probably have some more questions!

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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
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Thanks Duco. Will send the pics of this bird in.

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Nice photo's Dalene. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
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Can someone please tell me what that pink hole on the chest is? My book doesn't mention it.

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 Post subject: Saddle-Billed Stork
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Good Day to all of you!!!!!

I am a Bird Guide opperating in Kruger National Park & I witnessed a very rare sighting of a Saddle-Billed Stork in Kruger National Park between the s118 & s119 entrances on the s114 I forwarded the images to the EWT & Birdlife. We dont know if it is a male or a female the reason is that the bird has yellow wattles & yellow eyes now in my experience the male has brown (Dark) eyes & yellow wattles & the female only yellow eyes & no wattles. Anyway the images I sent in were forwarded to Dr Alan Kemp & here is his answer

Hi Stefan

Kyk weer mooi na jou fotos, hoe identifiseer ons mannetjie en wyfie saalbekke?

Volgens meeste Bird Guides het die wyfies geel om die oog, en die mannetjies het 'n donker oog met klein geel "wattles"by die basis van die bek.
Jou fotos het beide geel ogies en "wattles". Dis die tweede bydrae wat ek uit hierdie spesifieke plek kry waar hierdie "Mrs Balls" soos ek dit nou noem afgeneem is.

Ons het al dit na Dr Alan Kemp gestuur om te verduidelik, en hier is sy antwoord vir jou inligting.


Have no idea how to interpret Mrs Balls with his/her yellow eyes AND yellow wattles. Have never seen or heard of anything like that in this species, or any other storks, but that may be my ignorance rather than total lack of information. A quick Google search indicates that intersex is regular in all groups of vertebrates (a 1974 book on the subject even), with two main causes, one genetic and the other environmental.

What is interesting, from the Caster Semenya story, is that Limpopo Province has the highest incidence of intersex people in RSA, and one of the highest in the world, and there are doctors studying this and suspecting the DDT still used to spray round homes for malaria as the cause. Google indicates that several pesticides/chemicals, including DDT, either mimic oestrogens (main female hormones) or despress androgens (main male hormones) and so cause hormonal imbalances during development that can result in various effects, including development of both ovaries and testes. Maybe river/fish quality will indicate if there are any pollutants of these kinds there for concern to the storks - there is probably good river data given the croc problems, and Andrew Deacon may be able to help. Just ideas, but may help in how to proceed, and as always more cases/data will be great.

Am also forwarding you a second email, with images of two subadult SBS taken just above the high level bridge over the Sabie below Skukuza. This age class was very rare in our early 90s project, so may be of interest. All the adult birds we saw were too far away for useful images.

Ons weet eintlik baie min van hierdie spesie en het op hierdie stadium meer vrae as antwoorde. Ek hou jou op hoogte as jy belang stel. :D :huh:


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 Post subject: Re: Saddle-Billed Stork
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Welcome to the forum Bird Guide.

:hmz: Interesting theories. Thnks for the info.

btw, international viewers, the Afrikaans has been mostly translated. It ends with 'we know just about squat about this species, and have more questions than answers. Watch this space'

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Thanks for sharing Bird Guide! Very interesting indeed...


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 Post subject: Re: Stork, Saddle-billed
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I was fortunate enough to view 3 separate birds on my trip to the KNP in December. I was only able to take a photograph of two of them as the other one was too far.

We saw the two storks in the photos on the S126 about 3km from the t-junction to the S36. It was very wet and allot of water everywhere so they were on the side of the road. I was not able to get both sides of the birds.

We saw another stork on the H7 about 6-8km from Orpen in the Talamati riverbed on the same day.

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