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Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby koshka » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:51 pm

Hi All,

I'll be visiting Kruger from UK for 5 weeks in Sep/Oct. I'm going to concentrate almost solely on Kruger but will have a couple of days around Graskop and a couple of days returning to Joburg.

I'm guessing Knysna Turaco is unlikely in the park but I'm hoping to see it around Graskop. Do any of you know any good spots for photographing it. Perhaps some gardens or picnic site where it has become used to lots of people.

I'll be returning to Joburg on 20 October and I was wondering if Blue Swallow would be around then. If so would it be worth trying for it or is it so rare now that it would be best left in peace. I would probably try and get a guide for this one.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:48 am

Hi koshka,

Blue Swallows have become increasingly rare in SA over the last few years. I think the only reliable spot for them now would be a spot in Kwazulu-Natal (pm me if you need more details).

Knysna Turaco I saw one 2 weekends ago whilst driving along the R71 in Magoebaskloof, very close to the Magoebaskloof hotel. I had to almost swerve out of the way to avoid hitting it as it came flying over the road.

And then we saw another one just off the Houtbosdorp road near Magoebaskloof. But if you drive the Woodbush drive you are just about guaranteed to find one. :wink:
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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby koshka » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Thanks wildtuinman

I think I'll leave the swallows in peace, it sounds like they're really struggling.

I'll try Magoebaskloof and Woodbush for the Turaco :thumbs_up:

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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby gjorgi » Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:12 pm

I assume the Knysna Tauracu is actually the Knysna Lourie? Did its official name change?

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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby koshka » Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:27 pm

Hi gjorgi
I'm not sure it has an official common name, it probably depends on what guide book you use. The SASOL guide has used Turaco since the 2002 edition although they had Lourie in brackets so probably used that before then.

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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:39 am

All loeries have changed to turacos, apart from the Grey Loerie which is now the Grey Go-away Bird.
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Re: Knysna Turaco and Blue Swallow

Unread postby Rookie » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:40 pm

Best of luck in photographing the Turaco Koshka! :lol:

I have just got back from the Wilderness park near Knysna and we nearly broke our necks staring up into these trees as they ran along the branches, flitted from branch to branch and generally NEVER kept still! I have never had so many photos of tree branches, leaves, berries etc and the odd tail view of these beauties! :wall: :wall: :wall:

I am obviously not cut out to film them! :sniper:

I admire anybody who manages to get a half decent photo. :cam: :cam: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: and really hope you do.
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