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Re: Storks: Saddle-billed Stork

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:31 pm

wildtuinman wrote:I remember that there were only something like 18 or 20 breading pairs in the whole of Kruger Park. It seems to be more but maybe it is just because they are such striking looking birds.

Any current numbers KNP Spokesman, Danie/Kruger?


In the 80s there were less than 10 breeding pairs according to the literature of the time, but nowadays, I see them at many watercourses.

My 83 year old dad who had no interest in birds until he was 81, when he forgets their name, calls them 'the big fellas in the dinner jackets'.

We saw a pair fishing on our first visit to Grootvlei Dam last year where you can drive on the dam wall to get great birding views.
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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:29 pm

Saddlebills are really such beautiful birds and always a treat to see, especially now that RH has pointed out the differences in sexes, something I never knew and will in future look out for. :D
We often see them in the river on the right hand side of the bridge at the Gezantfombi Dam just outside Croc Bridge, and once saw a pair fishing there first thing in the morning and still there when we came back almost at gate closing time!!
Fishing must have been particularly good that day but not sure how much fish could have been left at this point. :roll:

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Unread post by gwendolen » Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:47 pm

We had about 14 sightings of Saddle-billed Storks in August. Our favourite sighting was at Skukuza where we saw one catch a fish.

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Another favourite was of this one in Letaba taking a bath and then drying its feathers.

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Unread post by zeedoc » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:16 pm

Saw a pair at malelane gate (croc river) on 2 occasions
Saw pair at sunset dam (lower sabie)

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Unread post by Snoobab » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:22 am

I would be interested to find out why this bird is classed as rare/threatened in the Kruger. I had a look back at my bird lists for the last couple of years and I have seen them on every trip. This year there were a few on the Sabie river above and below LS. I think I saw them everyday and not always the same birds.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:13 pm

A few years ago there were as few as about 10 breeding pairs, but the numbers have grown steadily, I am happy to say.
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Unread post by Jay » Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:20 pm

in the Sabie River

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resting

Unread post by ron brameld » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:03 pm

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I was wondering if this fellow has had his legs broken because he owes on his rent or is this a way of resting those long legs.



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Here is another fellow doing the same.
I hope he didn't have the same landlord.
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Unread post by richardharris » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:47 pm

Possibly my favourite bird - and possibly my best photo from my recent trip.


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http://www.pbase.com/richardharris/image/88643320/original.jpg

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Unread post by Nyala » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:10 am

richardharris wrote:Possibly my favourite bird - and possibly my best photo from my recent trip.


Wow, excellent photo, very clear and sharp, Richard.

Here is one I took in Kruger in Sep 2004 with my Fuji. I have just 'started' birding and am going through all my pictures of birds. I never realized that there were not too many of these birds when I took the photo.

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Unread post by Ludwig » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:19 pm

I got this by shorten my time during waiting for lions to come back from the water.

The whole story you can find in my Kruger story: "June 14th, Sixth day, Really coming home - my Olifants, Thursday – Part 1".
Just follow the below link.


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Unread post by Nyala » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:29 pm

Great shot, Ludwig.




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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:51 am

Only saw one pair on my recent trip (over new year).
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Unread post by ldejager » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:54 pm

We were in the park for three days over new years' and saw a pair every day. One pair near Balule in the Olifants river, one pair in a tree near Timbavati picnic spot and one pair also in the Olifants river closer to Letaba. We have got pictures, but unfortunately it is still on our dvd camera. :cry:

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Unread post by Muhammad » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:14 pm

this pair seen on S21,Nwatimhiri Waterhole,Jan 2008
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