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 Post subject: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:34 am 
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Beginner birders may like a helping hand to find the easy to spot and identify, most common birds in and around the camp at this time of year.
What have you got for us? ( go easy on the LBJ's )


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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:46 pm 
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I'm still trying to ID the birds I saw on my 10 day trip in December/January!

Satara was fantastic for birding from the patio of the cottage without even moving:

African Hoopoe
Grey loeries
Red-billed hornbill - spent ages "attacking" his reflection in the glass sliding door - very entertaining :D
Crested barbets (nesting in the dead log near the baobab tree in D circle)
Black collared barbets
woodland kingfisher
arrow-marked babblers (you'll hear them before you see them!)
Natal spurfowl
Mourning doves and red-eyed doves
Blue waxbills
Scops owl (near reception)
Pearl-spotted owlet (near reception).

And many more!

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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:50 pm 
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I would suggest that this and similar threads belong in the Special Interest: Birds forum.

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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
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Deedub, thanks for that! I'll be happy to experience all this when I get there in March.
Thanks Johan, I've realized we'll get more help on this from the birders in the birding forums but I'm hoping to attract new birders and interest the mammal hunters as well!


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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:06 am 
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Satara is my favourite camp in Kruger. I love the central plains, especially during late summer between Feb and March when the area is normally teeming with quelea populations and attracts huge number of Raptors

The camp itself is great for birding. One can easily find Grey Headed and Orange Breasted Bush-Shrike near the fence or within the camping grounds.

Scops Owl is resident around the reception area and you can usually ask the staff where it is roosting, otherwise check the trees around the reception area next to the Cheetah statue. (It's usual day time roost trees)

Blue Waxbill, Green Winged Pytilia, Black Backed Puffback, Chinspot Batis, Brown Headed Parrot, African Mourning Dove, Burchells Starling, Southern Grey Headed Sparrow, Southern Black Tit, Violet Backed Starling (Summer)

Yellow Billed Kites also glide over camp during summer.

It is the surrounding plains that is the best area during summer and if you are lucky enough to stumble across a Quelea eruption, you could pick up Montagu and Pallid Harrier, Lesser Spotted, Whalbergs and Tawny Eagles, Martial Eagle and smaller raptors such as Eurasian Hobby and even Lanner or Peregrine Falcons which I have found near camp.

Harlequin Quail is also common, if there was enough rain during summer, especially on the S90.

Birds photographed in and around Satara:

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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
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This past December, I saw Carmine Bee-Eaters and plenty of Woodland Kingfishers.
Both near the swimming pool.


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Hmm...Harlequin Quails...Green Winged Pytilia...

Still miss those on our SA list. Both added to our "Look for"-list next weekend.


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Pytilia very common around Satara, especially S100.

Harlequin Quail, is more tricky.. depending on water levels in thge veld, but the S90 very early morning is usualy a good place to look for them. Listen for the call, switch the car off and wait for a view ;)


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:thumbs_up: Will do!


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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
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:thumbs_up: for Harlequin Quail on the S90 - just switch off and listen. Spotted quite a few on our last visit.

Got a bad shot through the window of this couple of strangers on the S41 and need some help with ID (apologies if it's on the wrong thread).

Photo cropped and sharpened to the best I could manage.

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Looks like African Crakes Avon.. well done, not a bird that easily shows itself!! :thumbs_up:


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:thumbs_up: Thank you kindly - how I wish I could get a better shot.


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 Post subject: Re: SATARA'S most common SUMMER BIRDS
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Just did a birding weekend in Satara.

In camp we found Spotted Flycatcher, Chinspot Batis, Southern Grey-Headed Sparrow, Southern Black Tit, African Hoopoe, Black-Collared Barbet, Crested Barbet, Woodland Kingfisher, African Mourning Dove and the Scops Owl near reception.

Around the plains, suprisingly, we didn't see any queleas. But we found Kori Bustard, Green-Backed Camaroptera, Tawny-Flanked Prinia, Rattling Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Lesser Striped Swallow,Yellow-breasted Apalis, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Senegal Lapwing, Southern White-Crowned Shrike and more.

As for raptors, we saw an abundance of Vutlures, including the Lappet-faced and White-headed, Wahlbergs, Tawny, Martial, Lesser Spotted and African Hawk-Eagle.

On the night drive we saw Bronze-winged Courser, Mozambican Nightjar, European Nightjar and Verreaux's Eagle-Owl.

The most common birds, by far, were Red-backed Shrike, Burchell's Starling and European Roller.

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Quite a haul in Satara! We can really look forward to our visit!
Thanks for sharing, Wild about cats!


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Wishing you the best of luck :thumbs_up:

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