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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Cherries » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:20 pm

Goodness me! KNP was full of them too in January. Lizet Grobelaar might have some info for us..
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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby pantera leo » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:45 pm

My o my that is quite a way from home Caracal! :shock: Would also love to hear what explanation the experts can come up with! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:33 am

Went to Caracal's 'local duckpond' last night and saw the foreign five.

Maybe like Bryan Habana and Jacque Fourie, they heard of the great lifestyle here in the Cape!

In the experts books, there are no previous sightings south west of Bloem.

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Sorry, but the pics are poor, because the birds arrived in the gathering gloom.
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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:26 am

What time did they arrive BB?? Was it between 19h30 and 19h45
Judging by the your pics it seems that they roosted in the same part of the clump of trees on the little island as when I saw them.
I wonder how long they will hang around the duckpond for?

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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:49 am

The first one arrived about 19h15 and the rest at 19h40.
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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:07 pm

We've had quite a few in inland KZN too. There seems to have been an irruption into areas they don't usually populate this year all over the country. Would love to know why.Locally we had a couple at Hilton College and one at Darville If you would like to report the sighting send time, date, place, numbers and a pic (just for confirmation) to:

Trevor Hardaker [hardaker@mweb.co.za] who compiles the SA Rare Bird News Report

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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:51 pm

Thx salamanda..I will do so :D

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Re: Wandering African Openbills

Unread postby salamanda » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:28 pm

:clap: :clap: Caracal, pic and info just in time for Monday's newsletter!

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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby TheunsH » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:49 am

Spotted them at the Shimangwaneni Dam on the S36 during December 2009:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby ice » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:59 pm

a stork of some kind?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:00 pm

African Openbilled Stork :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby ice » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:08 pm

thanks PT :thumbs_up:

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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri May 04, 2012 8:37 pm

It just shows what another unplanned day in Kruger can bring - our first wilddog sighting, the only leopard sighting during the 11 days and then the African open billed stork. :D
During Dec'11 we visited the north of Kruger for the first time and at the Red Rocks viewpoint near Shingwedzi we saw our first African open billed stork. I was excited! Unfortunately the light was poor and the bird stood in the shade in a pool of water, so the pic was not a good one. :( I was hoping to get another sighting during our last few days. On our third last day we impulsively decided to stay another day - which had lead to some memorable sightings. On our way out at Mpondodam near Skukuza, I got this African open billed stork posing for me.
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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Fri May 04, 2012 9:39 pm

We were so lucky to spot one at Lake Panic for the first time in October 2011 and add to our bird list!

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Re: Storks: African Open-billed Stork

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat May 05, 2012 5:53 pm

Kaapsedraai wrote:During Dec'11 we visited the north of Kruger for the first time and at the Red Rocks viewpoint near Shingwedzi we saw our first African open billed stork. I was excited!


So you missed the ones that came to visit the Cape in Jan 2011 then. They were at Die Oog in Bergvliet for a while.
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