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 Post subject: Re: carmin bee eater
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:04 pm 
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Saw many during march near Lower Sabie (and on route to Satara)

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Hi Bush Baptist, Sorry you didn't see any Carmine bee-eaters in the Kruger but I have been waiting over 10 years for my first sighting. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a small flock in early December last year (2009)
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The were about 20 km north of Babalala picnic site.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Stunning pic bondm.

I have seen them on 3 trips to Kruger, (2 trips 1 bird each), the last in Dec 2007 and they were plentiful.

My favourite non-raptor.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Caught this one, straight into the sun, 2 weeks ago on the Masorini Loop.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Not too shabby either mchel, in fact very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Thanks BB.
Maybe you can tell me this:
Is this the season when you see them the most?
Normally we come to South Africa during the winter months and then you hardly notice them.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Hi Michel,

Nice pic. This is one that I've yet to catch up with. I thought they were Summer Visitors only, but on page 1 the write up by Francoisd says they are resident? Does that mean resident in the sub-region, and that Kruger's birds/ more southerly populations migrate North in winter?

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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They breed along the Okavango river & other northern parts From August and then come to Kruger in December until about March, then they are off again to I don't know where.

If you see one in winter you are very lucky. I saw one in April once.

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Thanks Barcud and BB. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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:thumbs_up: Thanks BB. That's answered my question nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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Seen in Kruger this Feb.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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The lighting is just perfect Elsa. :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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BB - I always think of you when I see these in Kruger:

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 Post subject: Re: Bee-eaters: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
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I do too Dinkybird, BB once told me I would see one and this trip I did and I thought of him. :wink: :thumbs_up:

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Thanks both of you, maybe it is my red hair :roll:

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