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Unread postby Gary » Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:51 pm

I'm busy doing my birding homework before my trip to Addo early next month and was looking for some advice on some of the specials that can be found there!
I've seen quite a few of the birds listed but was wondering if any of the following are 'easy' to find (or rather commonly present!!) - I need them for my SA list eg. Stanley's Bustard, Black Widow-finch,Blue-billed fire-finch, Streaky-headed canary, White-throated canary, Black korhaan, Cape penduline tit and red-necked spurfowl.
There are obviously a host of other great birds there as well but I always tend to 'study-up' on the ones I haven't found before.
Are there any good spots within the park? I noticed lam mentioned a small dam along the new patch of road recently opened with lots of finches - any other advice gladly received. Thanks :D

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Unread postby lam » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:13 pm

Stanley's Bustard - seen 3 times on the open plain on the right on the Gorah loop where the eland or zebras are.

Black Widow-finch - at the small waterhole about 2/3kms after Spekboom along the new road to Matyolweni on the right and once in the campsite (waterhole now called Marion Baree)

Blue-billed fire-finch - at the small waterhole above and at Spekboom hide

Streaky-headed canary - everywhere and especially towards the end of the Gorah loop

White-throated canary - have seen them there but not sure where

Black korhaan - see 4 out of 5 times we go, usually around Woodlands, but sometimes around Domkrag

Cape penduline tit - haven't seen them there, in fact I haven't seen them anywhere

Red-necked spurfowl - only seen once along the new road to Matyolweni, probably got more chance of seeing them in my backgarden.

Have you got Booted Eagle?
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Unread postby Gary » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:23 pm

Thanks lam - very helpful reply. I'll hopefully tick a few. The spurfowl always seems to avoid me :( .
I've seen Booted Eagle once along the Orange River (Namibia border). Another sighting would be great however.

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Unread postby j-ms » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:52 pm

Hi Gary

Here is lam's full list for Addo as at this past week (122 species):

Ostrich, Common
Spurfowl, Red-necked
Guineafowl, Helmeted
Goose, Egyptian
Shelduck, South African
Goose, Spur-winged
Duck, Yellow-billed
Teal, Red-billed
Woodpecker, Cardinal
Barbet, Acacia Pied
Barbet, Black-collared
Hoopoe, African
Wood-Hoopoe, Green
Kingfisher, Malachite
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Mousebird, Speckled
Mousebird, Red-faced
Cuckoo, Klaas's
Cuckoo, Diderick
Cuckoo, Jacobin
Coucal, Burchell's
Swift, Little
Swift, White-rumped
Owl, Barn
Nightjar, Fiery-necked
Dove, Laughing
Turtle-Dove, Cape
Dove, Red-eyed
Wood-Dove, Emerald-spotted
Bustard, Denham's
Korhaan, Southern Black
Crane, Blue
Crake, Black
Moorhen, Common
Coot, Red-knobbed
Thick-knee, Spotted
Plover, Three-banded
Lapwing, Blacksmith
Lapwing, Crowned
Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Yellow-billed
Harrier, Black
Goshawk, Southern Pale Chanting
Buzzard, Common
Buzzard, Jackal
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Martial
Secretarybird
Kestrel, Common
Grebe, Little
Cormorant, Reed
Egret, Little
Egret, Yellow-billed
Heron, Grey
Heron, Black-headed
Ibis, Hadeda
Stork, White
Shrike, Common Fiscal
Crow, Cape
Crow, Pied
Raven, White-necked
Oriole, Black-headed
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Paradise-Flycatcher, African
Tchagra, Southern
Boubou, Southern
Bokmakierie
Batis, Cape
Thrush, Olive
Flycatcher, Fiscal
Robin-Chat, Cape
Scrub-Robin, White-browed
Scrub-Robin, Karoo
Chat, Familiar
Starling, Red-winged
Starling, Cape Glossy
Starling, Pied
Starling, Wattled
Starling, Common
Tit, Southern Black
Martin, Brown-throated
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Pearl-breasted
Swallow, Greater Striped
Swallow, Lesser Striped
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Bulbul, Cape
Greenbul, Sombre
Neddicky
Prinia, Karoo
Apalis, Bar-throated
White-eye, Cape
Swamp-Warbler, Lesser
Crombec, Long-billed
Warbler, Willow
Lark, Rufous-naped
Sunbird, Amethyst
Sunbird, Malachite
Sunbird, Southern Double-collared
Sunbird, Greater Double-collared
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Cape
Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed
Petronia, Yellow-throated
Wagtail, Cape
Pipit, African
Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Cape
Masked-Weaver, Southern
Weaver, Village
Quelea, Red-billed
Bishop, Southern Red
Firefinch, African
Waxbill, Common
Indigobird, Dusky
Whydah, Pin-tailed
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Canary, Yellow
Canary, Brimstone
Canary, White-throated
Seedeater, Streaky-headed
Bunting, Golden-breasted

The Booted Eagle was spotted on the new road to Matyholweni although we suspect we may have seen it about two months ago near Zuurkop but didn't get a confirmed sighting.

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Unread postby Gary » Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:26 pm

That's absolutely brilliant. Thanks! The list on the Addo website is good but I struggled to get an idea of what to expect.
You've got 10 species on there I've never seen, so hopefully a few of them will show themselves. I've got a full 5 nights in the park so will have more than enough time to look about.
Thanks again

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Unread postby j-ms » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:32 pm

Which ten are you looking for ? A lot of Addo birds have specific favourite areas so we could point you in the right direction and some of them might be easier to pick in areas outisde Addo (as lam said, you are more likely to see Red-necked Spurfowl in our back garden). I know she has given you info on 5 of them but what are the other 5 ?

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Unread postby lam » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:40 pm

Some things we haven't seen in a while e.g. the long-billed crombec, which was always in the bush next to the toilet at Domkrag. Then they removed the toilet .... no more crombec.
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Unread postby Gary » Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:16 pm

The eleven (I can't count) are Red-necked Spurfowl, Denham's Bustard, Streaky-headed seedeater, White-throated canary,
Barn Owl (night drive perhaps?), Dusky Indigobird, African Firefinch, African Pipit (I must have seen this numerous times but I haven't got it properly identified), Yellow-throated Petronia,Willow warbler and Black korhaan.

You've given me some practical info already which hopefully should have me looking in the right directions - thanks again!!

The crombec was one of the first birds I ever ticked after starting birding, but I haven't seen one since!!

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Unread postby lam » Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:48 pm

The Barn Owl we saw in the main picnic area in the main camp overlooking Nyathi waterhole. That was a few years ago though.

The willow warbler was from the birdhide in the main camp.
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Unread postby Gary » Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:53 pm

I'm just back from my trip to Addo and had a great time. The birding was really good and I managed a list of 75 over the 4 days incl. 8 'lifers' (Rednecked Francolin, Denham's Bustard, Southern Black Korhaan, Willow Warbler, African Pipit, Dusky Indigobird, Streakyheaded seedeater and Whitethroated canary). I've never seen so many Bokmakieries in my life and also got a lovely view of a Black Harrier.
Thanks j-ms and lam for the tips - the birds were very obliging and some popped up in exactly the same spots.

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Marabou Stork

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:28 am

A Marabou Stork was seen in Addo yesterday....thought all the birders might like to know.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Feb 25, 2006 4:05 pm

There are resident Dusky Indigobirds between the rest camp and the gate to the park proper.
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Unread postby Gary » Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:27 am

That's exactly where I saw them - very obliging little birds :D

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Unread postby Johanita » Sat Mar 25, 2006 8:35 pm

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:18 pm

What a lovely steppe buzzard, why not join us at Rondevlei on Saturday !st April at 7:30 for a (casual) Cape Town birding meet.

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