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Falcon: African Pygmy

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:16 am

From what I have read in the birding lists, there is a chance of spotting a pygmy falcon in KNP. Has anyone been so lucky to see the eastern distrubution?
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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:31 am

This is very interesting. I have never seen them in Kruger before, not too sure where to look. They are easy to see in Kgalagadi as normally you just scan the Sociable Weaver nest or look near them. Wonder what type of habitat they would be found in in kruger.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:35 am

According to the email I read the socialise with the buffalo weavers.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:40 am

That makes sense. I now of a huge Buffalo Weaver nest in the Baobab tree in Mopani Camp, might have to make a few more trips up there :D

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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:43 am

At Sunset dam (Lower Sabie) there is a Buffalo Weaver nest in a dead tree . I have seen them there before on occasion and it is a good place as you spend more time there than elsewhere.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:56 am

I did not read the thread on the birding list, but would these birds, that is if they exist and are not pulling a Trogon over our eyes :lol: would they not be up north only?
I stand to be corrected but I am sure there are recordings of a population to be found in northern Mozambique

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:01 am

Snoobab wrote:I did not read the thread on the birding list, but would these birds, that is if they exist and are not pulling a Trogon over our eyes :lol: would they not be up north only?
I stand to be corrected but I am sure there are recordings of a population to be found in northern Mozambique



That is what the email said. But parks not to be named on this forum in KZN has got pygmy falcons on their birdlists as possibles to see.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:26 pm

Last year in August, a pygmy was seen on the S100.

Chris Patton replied saying that at that stage it was the first reporting of the
year, but that Pygmy Falcon has been recorded in Kruger in previous years.
Apparently they are usually seen in the Nwambiya Sand Forest north of Shingwedzi.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:31 pm

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Unread postby lam » Sat Sep 24, 2005 4:02 pm

wildtuinman wrote:According to the email I read the socialise with the buffalo weavers.


There are a lot of buffalo weavers around satara, but I haven't seen any pygmy falcons there.

Best place is definitely Kgalagadi.

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Unread postby j-ms » Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:09 pm

I've always thought that Pygmy Falcons live symbiotically with Sociable Weavers and have not heard of the association with Buffalo Weavers before. Sociable Weavers are a Kalahari/Namibia bird (stretching from Etosha in the north west as far south as the north west Vrystaat in the south east) and are unknown in KNP. Pygmy Falcolns have almost exactly the same distribution with the wierd exception of a population in middle Mozambique north east of the KNP. So I guess the most likely area would be around Pafuri. Has anyone asked Frank (at the Pafuri picnic sight) if he has seen them ?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:52 pm

Pygmy Falcons had previously been recorded around the Orpen area by amongst others Dr. Peter Milstein.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:40 am

Any sightings of these beauts in Kruger recently?
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Unread postby Horned Adder » Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:15 pm

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Pygmy Falcons had previously been recorded around the Orpen area by amongst others Dr. Peter Milstein.


I have my doubts :cry: The landscape is not suitable for them, and i don't believe there have been any foolproof sightings in the park by Recognised birders :wink: The whitcrowned shrike has been called a Pygmy falcon on many occasions due to the very simillar flight pattern :D In the 20 odd years that i stomped around, Orpen, Johnys Dale, Lillys Dale, Kempiana, Birminham etc. i never even saw a dead one :!:

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:32 am

Horned Adder wrote:and i don't believe there have been any foolproof sightings in the park by Recognised birders :wink:


Oi! I am sure Chris Patton would like to read this. :lol: :lol:

wildtuinman wrote:
Last year in August, a pygmy was seen on the S100.

Chris Patton replied saying that at that stage it was the first reporting of the
year, but that Pygmy Falcon has been recorded in Kruger in previous years.
Apparently they are usually seen in the Nwambiya Sand Forest north of Shingwedzi.
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