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African Raptor Observations

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:54 am

I am not someone who bird atlas much, but I have recently started using this app and had many hours of fun with it in Kruger last week.

Android version:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... robs&hl=en

Definitely something everyone could use to assist research of African Raptors.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:11 pm

Looks cool, will see if it is available in the iStore

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:47 am

The results after we have used the app for 3 months.

307 observations of 29 species.

Our raptor sightings map
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:33 pm

Your Raptor sightings map is very impressive Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:50 am

Thank you Hilda. :-)

Added three more species this morning - Ovambo Sparrowhawk, European Honey-Buzzard and Spotted Eagle-Owl. 32 Species.
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Unread post by hilda » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:37 pm

Awesome! :clap: :clap:
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:32 pm

38 bird of prey species since 22/09/2015.

http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/trips/latestRaptorMap.html

African Fish-eagle
African Goshawk
African Harrier-hawk
African Marsh Harrier
African Scops-owl
Amur Falcon
Ayres's Hawk-eagle
Bateleur
Black Sparrowhawk
Black-shouldered Kite
Brown Snake-eagle
Cape Vulture
European Honey-buzzard
Forest Buzzard
Giant Eagle-owl
Greater Kestrel
Hooded Vulture
Jackal Buzzard
Lanner Falcon
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lesser Kestrel
Little Sparrowhawk
Long-crested Eagle
Martial Eagle
Osprey
Ovambo Sparrowhawk
Pale Chanting-goshawk
Pearl-spotted Owlet
Peregrine Falcon
Rock Kestrel
Secretarybird
Spotted Eagle-owl
Steppe Buzzard
Tawny Eagle
Wahlberg's Eagle
Western Marsh Harrier
White-backed Vulture
Yellow-billed Kite
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:28 pm

43 species during 428 sightings over 135 days

http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/trips/latestRaptorMap.html
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Unread post by hilda » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:43 pm

Unbeatable I think! :clap: :clap:
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:06 am

:lol: :lol: I wish Hilda!

Even though it equates to 3.17 raptors per day, it doesn't come close to some of the guys and girls working with these incredible species on a daily basis.

What this little experiment did help with, is to give me a bit of a better idea of which species is more widespread. The winner seems to be Common (Steppe) Buzzard which we recorded without fail pretty much all over the country. Yellow-billed Kites also seems to be quite numerous this year.

It also shows another interesting statistic: Pearl-spotted Owlets are far less obvious during summer months.

I need to analyze most of the data still, but here are the number of sightings per species in the meanwhile:

62 Steppe Buzzard
56 Yellow-billed Kite
38 Black-shouldered Kite
31 Amur Falcon
23 White-backed Vulture
22 Bateleur
21 African Fish-Eagle
19 Lesser Kestrel
18 Jackal Buzzard
16 Wahlberg's Eagle
10 Martial Eagle
9 Brown Snake-Eagle
9 Long-crested Eagle
9 Southern Pale Chanting-Goshawk
8 Greater Kestrel
7 Lappet-faced Vulture
6 Cape vulture
6 Peregrine Falcon
5 African Harrier-Hawk
5 Tawny Eagle
4 Black Sparrowhawk
4 Little Sparrowhawk
4 Rock Kestrel
3 African Hawk-Eagle
3 Ayres's Hawk-Eagle
3 European Honey-Buzzard
3 Lanner Falcon
3 Ovambo Sparrowhawk
3 Secretarybird
2 African Goshawk
2 African Scops-Owl
2 Gabar Goshawk
2 Osprey
1 African Marsh-Harrier
1 Barn Owl
1 Booted Eagle
1 Forest Buzzard
1 Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
1 Hooded Vulture
1 Pearl-spotted Owlet
1 Spotted Eagle-Owl
1 Western Marsh-Harrier
1 White-headed Vulture
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by hilda » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:19 am

Fantastic Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:

wildtuinman wrote:Pearl-spotted Owlets are far less obvious during summer months.


This is really interesting, and explains why we couldn't see a single one during our October visit in Kruger. :wink:
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:09 am

I have just logged 520 sightings of 47 raptor species since 22 September 2015 (168 days) on ARDB via the Android app.
That is 3.095 raptor sightings per day and a new raptor sighting every 3.47 days.

All my sightings can be viewed here:
http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/trips/latestRaptorMap.html
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by hilda » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:28 pm

Goodness gracious me! That's wonderful Wildtuinman! Very well done! :clap: :clap:
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:51 pm

I have updated our raptor sightings map after a fantastic drive through the Karoo and along the Garden route and then a magnificent visit at Mapungubwe!

698 sightings of 49 species in 191 days.
That is 3.65 raptor sightings per day and a new raptor species every 3.89 days!

View the map here!
http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/trips/latestRaptorMap.html
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Re: African Raptor Observations

Unread post by hilda » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:35 pm

What a wonderful achievement Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:
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