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 Post subject: The end of a Puffadder
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:05 pm 
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Here is a link to a Secretarybird efficiently despatching a Puffadder:

www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/118.htm

It is about a 3MB download...

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 Post subject: Re: The end of a Puffadder
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I agree about this sighting being very special. :clap: :mrgreen:

I was amazed to see the bird skinning (and it seems as if it cleaned out the entrails too) the snake before swallowing. Afterall, the puffy wasn't THAT big! Would sectretary birds do that to all snakes?

I once saw a crowned plover swallow a (small) snake, but it didn't bother with cleaning... Also a Jackal Buzzard feeding on a (big) snake... it got disembowled and skinned, but not as methodical as with your SB... and I believe that also took place because that snake was very big and couldn't be swallowed in one go!

Great series, Niall! Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February

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Early evening. Alone.

Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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Astazou wrote:
Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February


Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:




Hi Astazou ,

I'm positive "Rusty Justy" has identified your birds spot on.

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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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Thanks for all the help. :thumbs_up:
The very long grass in Feb made big cat viewing more limited but the plus side was that it led to taking more interest in birds than I might otherwise have done.


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 Post subject: Secretarybird
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Hi,

Saw this very rare sighting of a Secretarybird standing in the grass.

Haven't seen one of these in ages in the Kruger :)

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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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Hi Mant,
The Secretarybird is definitely one of my favorite birds. According to Newman's it is a common resident but I've also only seen it once and that being in central Kruger. In KTP it really is a common sight.


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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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The only time we saw Secretary birds in KNP was in 2007 and in 2 completely different parts. 1 Just under Shingwedzion the banks of the Shingwedzi river and 1 down South in the region of Mlondozi. They are not that abundoned, but I always keep an eye out for them.


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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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Have seen Secretary bird on quite a few occasions, nearly always in the Lower Sabie Tshokwane and even up to Satara regions. But always special to see. Have last year seen two on the top of a tree - nesting... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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Have also seen them regularly in Kruger........The Central and Southern regions are definately the better places to look, with all the open grass lands........

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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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As RJ says much more easier to see on the open grasslands esp. between Tshokwane & Olifants.

Have seen them quite regularly there as well as on the H10 around L/Sabie.

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 Post subject: Re: Secretarybird
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