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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread post by Dabchick » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:35 am


I've seen the following birds in the Satara / Orpen / Olifants area:

Namaqua dove
Black-header oriole
Tawny eagle
Steppe eagle
Wahlberg's eagle
Malechite kingfisher
Giant kingfisher
Pied kingfisher
Brown headed kingfisher
Woodland kingfisher
Little bee eater
White fronted bee eater
Carmine bee eater
European roller
Purple roller
Lilac breasted roller
Fork tailed drongo
Redbacked shrike
Grey headed bushshrike
Orange breasted bushrike
Diederik's cuckoo
African cuckoo
Red chested cuckoo (heard only)
Southern masked weaver
Lesser masked weaver
Village weaver
Red billed buffulo weaver
Spectacled weaver
Egyptian goose
Knob billed duck
Water thickknee
Temminck's courser
White back vulture
Lappet face vulture
Hooded vulture
White headed vulture
Yellow billed kite
Black shouldered kite
Black chested snake eagle
Brown snake eagle
Ground hornbill
Cori bustard
Red crested korhaan

and many others, can't remember all of them now :? :redface: :lol:
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Re: Bird watching in September 2010

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:48 am

Have a look at this thread.
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Re: Latest Kruger hotspots

Unread post by jacliz » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:18 pm

I saw Temminck's Courser and Kittlitz's Plover at Mooiplaas WH last Thursday and Friday.
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Re: October Birding

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:26 pm

In Sasol's Prime Origins Guide to Best Birding in Kruger the following average arrival time of migrant birds arriving at Skukuza is given (earliest arrival date in brackets):

Wahlberg's Eagle - 31 July (30 July)
Yellow-billed Kite - 30 August (1 Aug)
African Cuckoo - 28 Sept (21 Sept)
European Bee-eater - 6 Oct (24 Sept)
Red-chested Cuckoo - 7 Oct (24 Sept)
Diderick Cuckoo - 12 Oct (30 Sept)
Barn Swallow - 16 Oct (21 Sept)
African Paradise-Flycatcher - 17 Oct (8 Oct)
Jacobin Cuckoo - 19 Oct (9 Oct)
Violet-backed Starling - 21 Oct (12 Oct)
Black Cuckoo - 25 Oct (23 Oct)
Woodland Kingfisher - 11 November (3 Nov)

Amazing how some species earliest date and average date varies by just a day or so.
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Re: October Birding

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:52 am

So I read that the Yellow Billed Kites are back and also most of the other migrant birds. Keen to spot that elusive Wahlberg’s Eagle and also get some good shots of any Kingfisher. I’m keen to improve on my limited photo library of KNP birds. Must remember to switch off the car and take my time at any sighting and not rush off to find what is around the next corner. It take but a mere rustle of the bush to send the blood racing. The Lappet Faces Vulture avoided me last time out so I’ll be looking for him too. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for them and others. I’ll be sure to observe all the trees and also the water features and ponds within all the Camps we are staying at.

Can’t hardly wait.

Are there currently any bird lists at the entrance gates to help with any projects or research.
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Re: Birding in KNP

Unread post by Nico » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:11 pm

To see birds of pray in flight, one of the best places is the outlook of Olifantscamp as you can see in my video of the Martial Eagle. :wink:

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Re: Birding in Kruger in july

Unread post by PNF » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:23 pm

Hi Bart47!
Birding in Northern Kruger is always good - even in winter. During 4 trips there in various years over the June/July period, we averaged between 50 and 60 birds in a week to 10 day time period. Saddle-billed stork was recorded on 2 occasions. You have to go to Pafuri picnic site - agree with DuQues, Frank is a wonder and will conjure up birds where there weren't any a second ago!
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Re: Birding in Kruger in july

Unread post by Batmad » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:39 pm

Hi Bart47,

Birding in the Northern parts of Kruger is always an amazing experience.

Species to look out for are..

Yellow Bellied Greenbul (Pafuri Picnic Spot)
Wattle Eyed Flycatcher (Pafuri Picnic Spot)
Retz Helmet Shrike (Pafuri Picnic Spot)
African Yellow White Eye (Pafuri Picnic Spot)
Lemon Breasted Canary (Crooks Corner)
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Crooks Corner)
Tambourine Dove (Crooks Corner)
African Cuckoo Hawk (Crooks Corner)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Crooks Corner)
Crowned Hornbill (Crooks Corner)
Broad Billed Roller (Punda Maria)
Racket Tailed Roller ( Mohonie Loop)
Eastern Nicator ( Punda)

These are just some of the nice species to get while up here ;)

Try the Mohonie Loop around Punda Maria for grey Headed Parrot and Racket Tailed Roller, and if your lucky Southern Hyliota. The camp itself provides amazing birding, with Pink Throated Twinspot often makes an appearance here at the bird bath near the reception area. Crowned Hornbill is often found inside the camps boundaries as well.

Check the area around reception and the luxury tents for Bearded Scrub Robin, White Throated Robin Chat and Eastern Nicator.

Barn Owl is also often found inside the camp at night and one must keep their ears open for their screeching call.

Red Faced Cisticola is also common in the area and one must keep an eye open for them near the waterways and ponds. Temmincks Courser is also common in this area, but extremely hard to find. Search the open grasslands and recently burnt areas.

Take a night drive, as this may produce both Spotted Eagle Owls and White faced Scops Owl, and maybe even Verouxes Eagle owl. Fiery Necked Nightjar and Bronze Winged Courser may also make a guest apearance. Just make sure you tell your guide that you are interested in the birdlife as well, and im sure he will acocmodate you.

Hope this helps ;)
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Re: Birding in Kruger in july

Unread post by Sprocky » Fri May 06, 2011 8:25 am

I was up in that area yesterday and I got two Woolly-necked Storks at the Luvuvhu River.

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Visiting Punda Maria for Pennant Winged Nightjars

Unread post by OwenWatson » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:55 am


Can anyone advise the best time of year to visit Punda Maria to maximise the chances of seeing pennant-winged nightjars? I know they are scarce in numbers but I want to give myself the best opportunity...

Any advice is gratefully received!

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Re: Visiting Punda Maria for Pennant Winged Nightjars

Unread post by Johann » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:23 am

Welcome to the forum Owen.

We've seen them still at the end of January during the HR's Big Birding Weekend but as far as I know the best time would be at the end of November. This is the peak breeding and display season.

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Re: Visiting Punda Maria for Pennant Winged Nightjars

Unread post by ILove Africa » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:39 pm

We did a sunset drive from Punda one December and asked whether they'd take us to the penant winged nightjars, which they did. Its a on a no entry road up a kopie on the dirt road loop around the camp. We saw plenty of them. Its worth asking about. Also saw most amazing leopard sighting in the same area.

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Re: Birding in KNP

Unread post by Dabchick » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:57 am

Hi Riaanf31,

See link below for a poster with instructions and birds to look out for.... ... fnecks.jpg

Or alternatively, click on "Special Interest Groups" >> "Birders" on the menu above - more info there...

Enjoy the birding :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tips for reliable birding areas up north...?

Unread post by kallis1786 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:24 am

Hi, I am not a huge bird fan, but I know the North really well. My 2 best spots to spot birds is Kanniedood Dam and Shingwedzi Camp day visitors area. By the way there are 4 cheetahs roaming around the Mphongolo loop, there has been 4 sighitings in the past 4 days so be on the LOOKOUT

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Re: Tips for reliable birding areas up north...?

Unread post by WildThing » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:39 pm

No 1 spot is Pafuri. Both roads on either side of the bridge are excellent for birding.
As MM said the hide in the camping area of Punda is also very good. Also check to the right of the hide where the overflow water from the camp comes out - lots of smaller birds there. And up at the main braai area (in front of the huts) just over the wall above the swimming pool is a bird bath where you will see plenty of waxbills, etc.

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