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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:57 am

I see the Pygmy's are still at Leeupan, and some Allen's Gallinule were found there again.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:21 am

The Pygmy-Geese family have grown to at least 10 now.

Here are some of the young ones:

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Oh and btw, we did find a Black Coucal at Nhlanganzwani Dam last month.

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Plenty of River Warblers calling in an around Lower Sabie at the moment.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:23 pm

Great news WTM

I haven't had luck with them yet at Leeupan.

Will maybe try this weekend.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:58 am

Picked up some good birds for Kruger over the weekend:

Lesser Kestrel just north of Satara.

Acacia Pied Barbet - S100.
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Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird - Skukuza.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby Philip1 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:53 am

Wildtuinman..... :whistle: .....Just love the Barbets and the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird :thumbs_up:
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks Phillip, I just wish the light was better, argh!

Also picked up this African Openbill at Nwanesti.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby Highbury » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:50 am

Recently returned from a trip to Satara , Mopani and L Sabie , and can provide some feedback for those planning a trip in the near future . Sunset dam is a big disappointment currently with high water levels and poor quality water . Saw Black Kite interacting with a fish eagle at the LS low level bridge . Leeupan is also disappointing currently and is fairly overgrown . The water lilies are not visible and perhap[s it is a little early to expect Pygmy Geese , but I saw nothing of interest . The Satara area provided early morning Harlequin Quail in some numbers and Lesser Kestrel on the tar road north . The Lesser Kestrel are present in good numbers currently and are reliably seen in this area , particularly late afternoon . Did not see Montagu's or Pallid Harrier on the S90 , which are usually present this time of year . Sweni hide is also a little disappointing with high water levels , as was Lake Panic . At Mopani the highlight was a flock of around 30 Collared Pratincole , seen on several occasions at Mooiplaas Windmill , and Temminck's Courser , Buffy Pipit , Flappet , Kittlitz's Plover and others at Tihongonyeni . A lowlight was 3 Common Mynah at Sunset Dam , a Kruger first for me .

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:14 am

Thanks Highbury. What are the water levels like at Leeupan? Those Pygmy's are erratic for sure but the last couple of seasons when conditions were right, they were mostly seen from Feb - April

I am going to LS in Feb, what are the conditions like on the s28?

Qeulea colonies anywere around LS?

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby Highbury » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:34 am

There is not as much water in Leuupan as you would expect , given the decent rains . Visibility is a problem though as the vegetation is thick . Didn't come across any quelea colonies . European rollers are super abundant . Saw bronze winged coursers early morning on S28 , and steppe buzzard but otherwise it delivered nothing special . The vegetation was quite thick , road muddy and visibility a bit poor .

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:00 am

Mmm interesting, thanks again Highbury

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:31 am

When I was at Letaba recently the rangers were all afuss about a Senegal Coucal sighting at Shingwedzi. Apparently that is quite south for their range? I saw a lot of Temminck's courser near Letaba: at least 3 times on the H1-6 and twice on the small river loop S95. Found Lesser Moorhen in the marshy area on H15 to Giriondo. Saw Glossy Ibis at Letaba in the river (only 10 mins and it flew off). Dusky Lark on the H1-6 as well.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:05 pm

Wild about cats wrote:When I was at Letaba recently the rangers were all afuss about a Senegal Coucal sighting at Shingwedzi.
They are definitely resident, but not common, in the Makuleke CNP between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby Johann » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:56 pm

Wild about cats wrote:When I was at Letaba recently the rangers were all afuss about a Senegal Coucal sighting at Shingwedzi. Apparently that is quite south for their range?...

Quite a few sightings during the HR's BBW at Punda the last few years. We found one south of Babalala on the S65 Mphongolo loop this past weekend. It sat with its back to us, fanning its tail and wings opened up allowing us a perfect view of the clean black tail and rump with no barring at all. Last year we had 2 on the H13-1 at one of the seasonal waterbodies during the BBW.
I also had another one last year on the H1-6 about 5km south of the Boyela waterhole near Babalala.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:44 am

Recently reported sightings in Kruger:

African Crake on S3 near Phabeni Gate. Approximately 2-3Km's down the S3. Still wanted by many people for their Kruger bird lists. I believe that they have chicks which would mean they should remain there for at least another 2 weeks.

There was also a Black Coucal reported along the S1. Approximetley 20km's from Skukuza camp. Going by Google maps, that places it right in the middle of the S1 between Phabeni and Skukuza. Also reportedly breeding.

Some great birds were reported over the weekend up north during the Punda BBW. Three-banded Courser, Senegal Coucal, Lesser Moorhen, Dickinson's Kestrel and African Crake. I am sure Wildtuinman will post photos soon.

Down at Crocodile bridge it seems the Southern Brown-throated Weaver's are still around as off last week.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:36 am

Indeed! superb birds around Punda at present. Apart from those that Daan mentioned we also recorded Black Sparrowhawk, Red-collared Widowbird, Tambourine Dove, Peregrine Falcon and a number of Montagu's Harriers.
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