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Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby bentley » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:50 am

Kingfisher, Mangrove: Have you had the honour?

An interesting read brought me to this post, according to a fellow birder who is knowledgeable on birds not many people have not had the honour of seeing this KF.
Have you had the pleasure ?
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:56 am

No, I haven't... And I walked with a bloke in Kruger the other day who had 650+ birds on his list and neither did he. He said that it was his bogey bird as he even live in close proximity to the area they are found in. :lol:
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Unread postby mountainview » Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:58 pm

Me neither

I was at Mtunzini last summer: turns out the bird has some degree of local movement in that it migrates south; transkei way. I dipped on it but made up for it with African Broadbill and Narina Trogon at Sobhengu on the Nibela Peninsula overlooking Lake St Lucia.
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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby Adansonia » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:28 pm

Saw a breeding pair at Dwesa nature reserve (Transkei) during the December holidays.

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Another pic showing the characteristic red bill and grey crown.

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(They were on show for 10 days in a row :D)

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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:49 am

Great sighting! Superbly done. It is the last Kingfisher on my outstanding list.
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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby Adansonia » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:08 pm

Then you will have to visit Dwesa soon...!

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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:33 am

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This was #656 for me. Seen late in September just 30m off the boardwalk where it crosses over a bit of the St Lucia estuary, a second sighting within two months. The first time was in June when I went on a boat across the estuary to Honeymoon Bend where I had a very poor sighting of one.

These birds migrate to the coastal regions of KZN during their non-breeding season and to return again around September. This sighting corfirms that at least some of the Mangrove kingfishers are still around the esturine habitats of Natal as late as end September. From October to March they will be in the forests of the Transkei and northern parts of the eastern Cape where they will breed.

Total South African population estimate is around 200. Their quiet, inactive habit in the non-breeding season makes this a very tough bird to locate, hence it often becomes the last kingfisher one sees to complete a full house...
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Unread postby Tilandi » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:42 am

Lovely pic Johan. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:55 am

I've only looked it for once, with Elsa in Durban in July 2 years ago, needless to say we dipped :/
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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:11 pm

Had to work very hard to get this fella at Durban Bayhead last week. I was covered in Mangrove mud from the thighs down.

Not only was it a lifer, but it also completed my Kingfisher collection. :D

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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby adrianp » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:51 am

Well doen WTM. :mrgreen:

I've dipped on that one so many times i could cry :cry:

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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:41 pm

I know that feeling, Adrian. It will come. :wink:
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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby RosemaryH » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:46 pm

Congrats WTM :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kingfisher, Mangrove

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:06 pm

Thanks Rosemary,

I was very fortunate that one of my mates, Jonathan Sykes spotted the bird there the previous day and alerted me to it. It took one helluva effort to eventually see it, sludging through calf deep mud and eventually sitting on a washed out tyre feeling sorry for myself for 45minutes with the bird calling 5m away from me without me getting a view of it. Eventually the darn thing realized that my will was stronger than his and he flew past me and sat in the most impossible place to photograph it. So once again, sludging through the mud I had to lean against a mangrove to get as much as possible of the bird in the view finder.

As I got back to the car it was sitting out in the open on top of the mangroves taunting me. I hope it got heartburn from the crabs it was catching. Bloody bird! :lol: :lol:

It took weeks to get that mud off my skin. It goes straight into your pores and I had to duck tape parts of my legs and feet to compression sweat the mud from the non covered parts out. And then pulling off the tape to pull the rest out. :twisted: :twisted:
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