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The end of a Puffadder

Unread postby Niall » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:05 pm

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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Re: The end of a Puffadder

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:33 pm

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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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Astazou » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:20 pm

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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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:47 am

Hi there

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:09 pm

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:12 pm

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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby JOL » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:37 am

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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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby Astazou » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:06 am

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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Secretarybird

Unread postby Mant » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:06 pm

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby RayK » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:17 pm

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby michel367 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:39 am

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:26 pm

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:58 pm

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby Donny » Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:30 pm

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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Re: Secretarybird

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:00 pm

Saw one on farmland near Philadelphia (WC) on Saturday.
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