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Re: European Bee-eaters

Unread postby arks » Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:40 pm

Hi ruthers and Welcome!

Yes, European bee eaters are very common in the Darling area, I've seen them often along Darling Hills Road and in WCNP. Glad you enjoyed the park, where it is almost always windy :D . Hope you made it to Tsaarsbank, my personal favourite WCNP spot.
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Re: European Bee-eaters

Unread postby ruthers » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:19 pm

Thanks for the info Arks.

We did not get around to Tsaarsbank! Is that open all year around - it looks on the map to be nearly in the Postberg section?

If so that is a great reason to go back - perhaps I can squeeze in another day before the end of the summer. Might there still be any lazy waders around in early March?

I have just 3.5 weeks till we head up to Punda Maria - I'm just about gnawing through the strap of my Bushnell's I'm so excited!

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Re: European Bee-eaters

Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:58 pm

Tsaarsbank is outside of the Postberg section, so yes, open all year round. Be sure to take the track at the north end of the main area, which leads to a second carpark and another long beach. I've never been there in March, but I was there in April 2006 and saw many interesting birds, including a turnstone. And I always see oystercatchers there.
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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread postby Jock » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:15 pm

One of my favourite birds in Kruger, this one looked stunning with the morning light showing off the colours.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:04 pm

Please assist with confirming this bird the pics are the same copies of a slide taken at Shakawe in Okovango Delta
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:09 pm

@wingman: I'd say European Bee-eater
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:23 pm

Exactly my thoughts the range etc are correct

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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:48 pm

KNP: March 2010, a first sighting for me (that I realised what I was taking a pic of :roll: )

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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:09 pm

Wonderful, DB! A new tick then :clap: :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:36 pm

wingman wrote:Please assist with confirming this bird the pics are the same copies of a slide taken at Shakawe in Okovango Delta
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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:33 pm

Yes ... my bird list is growing - slowly, but still growing :dance:
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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:04 am

Darling Hills Road, October 2010.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:24 pm

Can one of the kind mites on this forum please confirm the identity of these birdies. We saw them in Nov on S36 towards Skukuza and we are guessing European bee-eaters.
The colours are very dull, but as you can see from the background, the weather was anything but ideal for photos.

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In contrast, this is one of a European BE that I took in WCNP during August.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:41 pm

Your 1st ones are indeed European Bee-eaters.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:04 pm

MattAxel wrote:Your 1st ones are indeed European Bee-eaters.


Thanks so much. I am very new to birding and try to look them up, but sometimes it is all guess work. At least some of my guesses were right! :dance: :dance: :thumbs_up:

:hmz: And I can start ticking off my list! :whistle: :whistle:
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