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Pafuri Picnic Site

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:19 pm

That area is by far my most favourite spot in the whole of KNP. 8) To Frank at Pafuri Picnic Spot - You were brilliant! :lol: If it wasn't for you my birding list would have grown nothing. Gosh he knows his birds. Beautifully kept and clean, busy with some maintenance here and there, but not inconvenient.

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Easy one, who is this?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:23 pm

I want first & last name, and all you know about this person...

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Unread postby DebM » Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:03 pm

Frank Mabasa :D
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:20 am

A bit of figures; Frank had 244 birds on his list last year, the list is printed and hanging on the tree near the fridge.
When I was there he was already up to 320 birds for this year. :shock:
It must be a very nice job....
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:32 pm

Is he still enjoying his 'forum' binocs and bird book?
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:53 am

DuQues wrote:He is! He still has the little Yellow Ribbon on the binocs, the Sasol guided looks well used, and the names of the people donating it are still plastered against his fridge.

He actually spotted my little YR from a distance and made the connection to the forum in a flash. GP, one of the donators, was thanked a lot by him.

I think those gifts are used all day. Wish I had a job like that....


Means i did a good stitching job there :lol: :tongue:

Thanks DQ, it is really good to hear!
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Unread postby walt » Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:59 pm

Met Frank at Pafuri on 12/12, very nice and knowledgeable man.
Must have revised his list though, because he told me he was on 311 birds for the year.
He sends his regards to all the forumites.
Admirable man, he could have been just a cleaner but his keen interest in his surrounds has turned him into a valuable Park asset.
I hope they adjust his salary accordingly !
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Unread postby Stoffel » Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:47 pm

I have met Frank this past May.
We were "flying" our yellow ribbon on our vehicle's radio aerial while visiting Pafuri for the first time.
While having a sandwich and coffee on one of the benches overlooking the the river, Frank came to us and introduced himself.
He noticed the yellow ribbon and asked whom we were and that he was informed to look out for the yellow ribbons on vehicles.
He proudly showed his own little yellow ribbon on his shirt and started telling us about all the goodwill he received from some dedicated forumites.

He's a great guy - and my personal thanks to the people who initiated the idea to assist Frank with the binocs and the bird ID course.
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Unread postby christo » Mon Dec 25, 2006 5:31 pm

seapit1 wrote:Hi has anyone seen any pel's fishing owls @ parfuri :?:
I've been told that parfuri picnic spot is the place to see them.


Frank took me and the SO on a short walk up the dry river in Dec 2003 and showed us a breeding pair. This was my only sighting of Pells so far, but hope to visit Frank again soon.
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:42 pm

Frank also showed us the wattle eyed fly catchers in November building a nest down by the river :D

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:19 pm

Met up with Frank on 23 Dec when I just made a quick visit to the area.

Saw loads of Thick-billed Rollers in the area (Pafuri/Punda Maria)
Saw 4 Tropical in a tree 'talking' to one another. Fabulous sighting.
Unfortunately the Wattle-eyes were not around but Frank said that on most days they're around the picnic site. Did see them in Jan 2006 with Birding weekend.
The two species of Spinetails also frequently seen, flying over the river. Mostly Bohm's at picnic site, Mottled more to the west of the Park.
And Frank has only seen 3 pairs of Pel's recently, as mentioned elsewhere on the forum. They did a walk down the river specifically looking for them. Only 3 confirmed sightings. They did however had signs that there were more out there, ie faeces, leftovers from meals etc.

and then the biggie!!!

Frank has had 6 Racket-tailed Roller sightings up to the time I spoke with him. But unfortunately they are not in an area where normal visitors are likely to see them. He's had all his sightings in the area between Crook's and the border post, in the veld closer to the the river. If you are lucky you might get to see one from the road.

@Francois & JB: He promised to go show us when we get there with the Birding Weekend. :pray:
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Unread postby Boulder » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:21 pm

As Johann says there are plenty of Broadbilled Rollers (normally seen north of Shingwedzi in Summer) ...particularly numerous in Punda area this year...read "Boulders Kruger Trip" in Trip reports for photo of this hard to photo bird. Also I looked hard for Racket Tailed Roller at Border Post mentioned in my report but found 2 just outside Punda Camp...always a good place to see them but I hadnt seen them there for 20 years but lots of mates have.

Frank showed me Bohms flying over the riverbed at Pafuri spot as well as Green Capped Eremomelas and I found the Wattle Eyes for him...he was thrilledf to see them again as he hadnt seen them for a 3 week period before 19 Dec when this happenned (Pressure from monkeys which have "DISAPPEARED " from the picnic spot!!! all of a sudden....great news for the birds)

Best place for Mottled Spinetail is Nyalaland Trail Camp where100-200 roost everynight. The Pafuri Ranger with her expert team will be doing the trip down the levubu ro recount the Pels as she reckons they missed a few this last one.
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Unread postby amanzi » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:29 am

Frank....
Wonderfull to speak to, lovely to share breakfast with. And one hell of a bird specialist :lol:
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Unread postby wachinda » Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:58 am

Have followed this thread , this was one of the reasons we decided to enter at Pafuri Gate. Definitely planning to have breakfast at Pafuri. and check out the bird life as well as chat to Frank he sound like a very knowledgeable person.
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Unread postby amanzi » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:09 am

This is honestly my favourite spot for breakfast :dance:

You are surrounded by massive leadwood trees, green bushes, Nyala's walking around, Fisheagles in the background, and the Levhuvu river infront of you. And because it's so high up north, it's never overcrowded.

AND Crooks Corner is a mere 12Km away from your breakfast spot:beautifull gravel road, and Fevertree forrest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Kremetart country is great!


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