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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by elpaco » Mon May 16, 2016 3:48 pm

good to know
thanks for the ID wildtuinman !

and thanks also to arks
I need to figure out how I can come to the KNP for 3 months
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by arks » Mon May 16, 2016 10:22 pm

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Albert » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:12 am

Just back from Kruger; some rather interesting sightings (for me at least):

Hottentot Teal (at Nshawu #3).
Capped Wheatear (photographs below) at Thihongonyeni:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:22 am

Thihongonyeni is the place to find Capped Wheatear.

The teal is a fantastic find, well done!
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by hilda » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:29 am

Beautiful pictures of the Capped Wheatear Albert! :clap: :clap:

Hottentot Teal - wonderful sighting of a beautiful duck! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:45 am

Just returned from a trip to Mopani. Three new Kruger ticks (Pied Avocet, Familiar Chat and Pied Crow) takes me to 323. Saw 4 Pied Avocets at Engelhard dam. Other good sightings were Lanner Falcon at Kanniedood dam, Capped Wheatear at Tihongonyeni. Mopani is an underrated area. I have seen Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal, Purple Heron, Redwinged Pratincole and many good raptor sightings in that area in the past.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Great bird sightings Highbury! :clap: :clap:

Do you have your list of birds seen in 2016 on the Stiffnecks Year List 2016? Have a look HERE.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Albert » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:33 am

Thanks to Johan van Rensburg and Bush Baptist who guided us to the exact spot at the Mooiplaas water hole early in the morning on October 28, 2016:
Caspian Plover:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by hilda » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:33 am

Stunning picture of the Caspian Plover Albert! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by elpaco » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:04 am

Everyone probably knows it but it is worth mentionning that you can see a Giant Eagle Owl chick (quite big by now) in its nest midway through the S118 (about 4-5 kms from the tar road) in a big tree on the river side about 15 meters from the road.
for once, it is a static sighting
it's definitely worth going if you are in the area :thumbs_up:
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by hilda » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:14 pm

Wish I was there to see it! Thanks Elpaco, I think many 'mites will appreciate this information! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:42 pm

Albert - Can you give any guidance as to where exactly at Mooiplaas to look for the Caspian Plovers. I was there 2 weeks ago but couldn't find them . Thinking of trying again this weekend. I did see Grey Headed Gull, Curlew Sandpipers and Whiskered Tern at Engelhard Dam though.

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Albert » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:33 am

Hi Highbury
Just to point out; this is at the Mooiplaas water hole, not the picnic site.
According to my Birdlasser data I logged the bird at these coordinates:

Latitude: -23.54156550487833, Longitude 31.4438937983199

I don't have a map handy, so I can't give you the road numbers, but I will check and update this post. Johan noticed that the birds were present early morning, and we found them there just after gate opening.....
(Edit): about 200 m along the S50 from the junction with the S49. The birds were in the section bordered by the S49, the S50 and the gully formed by the Mooiplaas "river".
They made their way from the gully in an easterly direction until they were right next to the road (S50). Hope this helps
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