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Rollar, Racket Tailed

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby pantera leo » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:06 pm

Saw 8 Racket-tailed Rollers on 6 different occasions while spending just under 6 weeks in the Makuleke concesion, unfortunately could not get any pictures. Definitely one of my new favorite birds!!!

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:56 pm

The Roberts sound byte did its thing once again. This pair of rollers was called out from a fevertree patch in the Makuleke concesion, north of Pafuri. They displayed acrobatically before perching for pix.

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Dabchick » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:28 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:The Roberts sound byte did its thing once again.
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I thought it was against the rules to play bird and animal sounds in the park? :hmz:

Or am I mistaken? :?

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:57 am

Dabchick, it isn't against any rule to play a bird call in the park. There are a lot of people against it, because they fear that it is against nature's way etc

I think if done discreetly and not disturb a certain breed's breeding habits then by all means. For some species the only way to get a look at them is to entice their curiosity.

As far as Racket Tailed Rollers are concerned, they are uncommon as it is and love to perch inside the canopy of the tree so seeing them will always be extremely difficult. I would love to still see one, one day!

Lekker sighting JVR!! :D

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Dabchick » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:36 am

That is good to know DotDan :D - next time I'm in Punda/Pafuri area (only next July :( ) I will also try to "encourage" a racket-tailed roller to show himself in this way :twisted:


(O ja, I forgot to say - very nice sighting Johan van Rensburg :thumbs_up: )

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:02 am

wow nice Roller... :dance:
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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby davejenny » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:46 am

Hopefully they'll still be there when I'm in the Makuleke Conservancy in early November. Nice shot.

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:46 am

Beautiful pic Johan! :clap:
and still on my wish list. :wink:
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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:24 am

Dabchick wrote: I thought it was against the rules to play bird and animal sounds in the park? :hmz:

Or am I mistaken? :?


See the topic discussion here...

It is, as with all things unregulated, a case of personnal preferrence :wink:

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Re: Rollar, Racket Tailed

Unread postby Jen » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:17 pm

Heading north in December - any recent sightings?
Spent 2 days looking for them in the Makuleke region in June without any luck :(
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