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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:26 am

Very common here in Gauteng, west rand especially...
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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:16 am

Also here in Durban, plenty to be seen in the Umgeni River and estuary. :D
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sacrete ibis

Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:09 am

Seen them on Fryday in Kempton park,Boksburg and Benoni.

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(African) Sacred ibis

Unread postby bentley » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:04 am

I live on the eastrand and in the last 15 - 20 days and have noticed alot of the sacred ibis flying over in a SE direction and in groups of 12 -15. Where are they off to ?
I have noticed this behaviour in the past but not in so many numbers, about 3 - 4 flocks a day(what I've seen).
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Unread postby Johann » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:05 am

Just a guess but lots of the pans and other watersources in the north and east are drying up. I've seen thousands of these birds roosting around these pans.
My guess would be that they are flying out looking for food to areas where there might still be water. Marievale and some of the surrounding pans still have a reasonable waterlevel.

Was standing at Marievale last Sunday and had some flocks of Spur-winged Geese flying over me. Counted between 4-500 birds flying overhead in a space of about 2 minutes, settling down in different areas of the marsh. Quite a sight to see.
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Unread postby bentley » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:39 am

Hi there Johann, do you go watching often on Sundays ?
Must be amazing so many coming in at once.
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Unread postby Johann » Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:38 am

I try do some birding every weekend and I've seen other birds in that number but this was the first time I saw so many Spur-winged Goose at one time.
Their numbers have been quite low in the area during winter as far as my own observations are concerned.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:07 pm

Sacred Ibis is a very common bird on Cape inland waterways.
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Unread postby bentley » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:38 pm

@ Johann, the next 2 weekends are booked but in future let me know if your'e going and I'll come through.
Does this bird have certain patterns during the year ?
ie.flying north for winter
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Unread postby Johann » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:54 pm

As far as I know they are resident but I'm sure there are local movement looking for suitable foodsources.
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African Sacred Ibis

Unread postby RainHard » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:22 pm

African Sacred Ibis

66-84cm 1.2-1.9kg
A Large white ibis with a heavy, decurved black bill. Ad. has naked, black head and neck. Elongate, plume-like, black scapulars are fluffed out in display; make it appear black-tailed at rest. Flight feathers are tipped black, giving narrow black edge to wing.

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Taken in back garden - Glenferness. Caought a fish when water level in pond was low. Broken it into pieces and eventually managed to swollow it!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Toko » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:29 pm

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Could you please ID this guy? It is taken in West Coast NP.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Hi Toko,

This is an African Sacred Ibis in breeding plumage.

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Re: Ibis: African Sacred

Unread postby Toko » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:31 pm

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Re: Ibis: African Sacred

Unread postby Touareg » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:57 pm

I would like to contribute 2 pics of sacred ibis photographed in the Veldrif area.
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