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Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:21 pm

So one of those life long wants, but ever elusive sightings.
I have never seen Violet-Backed Starlings

We will be in Kruger in the 2nd week of November.
Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Satara
Where is a good area to look for them?

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:35 pm

Hope you find them. Still to ad one to my Kruger list.

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by barryels » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:29 pm

yoda wrote:So one of those life long wants, but ever elusive sightings.
I have never seen Violet-Backed Starlings

We will be in Kruger in the 2nd week of November.
Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Satara
Where is a good area to look for them?

Thanks


yoda,

These birds are migrants that you will normally see in Kruger during September - May, so it is quite possible to come across them during your visit to Kruger during November :thumbs_up: .

If you read Here it is not a bird that you will see that often, however you might find them at Satara and Lower Sabie during your November visit.

We were lucky to find some at the Hippo pools during March 2016 :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:10 pm

Barry, thanks for the info.
Satara and LS seem a good bet. Stayed at both camps many times in the past, hopefully this will be my lucky trip.
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by davidhein » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:16 pm

Have a look here at the reporting data:
http://sabap2.adu.org.za/species_info.php?spp=736

I am not sure where in Kruger you will be, but I have personally got them along the Lower Sabie-Skukuza road a number of times, also seen them in Letaba, the male was moving around the dead trees near the sign board demarcating the flood line.

Looking at the map they have a higher reporting rate up north (Punda, Pafuri area.)

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Crested Val » Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:36 am

Also saw them at Letaba many times.
Good luck Yoda hope you are successful.

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:42 am

Hi Yoda,

they are very approachable at the Mugg and Bean at Olifants in October and November when the fig tree on the deck is carrying fruit.

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:46 am

Beautiful picture, WTM. :thumbs_up:

I will also look out for one in December when I stay at Balule.

One visited us on Christmas day in the Cradle. I was thriĺled. They really are like Christmas decorations when the sun hits their plumage.
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by wingman » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:31 pm

Ive seen them frequently as you approach Malelane gates from inside the park side also at Berg n Dal
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:36 pm

Everyone, thanks for your suggestions.
I will be in areas of Kruger where all of you have seen them. Will hopefully get lucky and see some this time.
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:11 pm

Heard the first one of the season in the Malelane bridge area this afternoon
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Dortmundbirder » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:03 pm

As I have just returned from Kruger and have been in the same areas you are going to visit, I can tell you that violet backed Starling should not be a problem I guess.

We have seen them on 8 out of 12 days in the park. Sometimes in good numbers sometimes in pairs. Especially common around Berg En Dal.

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:20 pm

Had a number of sightings in Skukuza camping area the past day.
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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:39 am

A Christmas visitor in the Cradle.

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Re: Violet-backed Starling - where to see?

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm

Didn't get to see one on this trip :(
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