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Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:01 pm

Does anybody have news of any interesting recent Kruger sightings to report ? I have a trip planned next month and would be interested of any recent interesting sightings .

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:05 pm

Where you traveling to Highbury?

Currently Pennant-winged Nightjars are showing well around Punda.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:34 pm

Senegal lapwings are 'common' along the first few kilometers of the Orpen-Satara road. Anywhere where there is evidence of recently recovered over-grazing, we saw small flocks of these lapwings.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:33 pm

Thanks for the info guys - i will be staying at Letaba , Mopani , Shing and Punda . Pennant winged would be a target . Would also be interested to hear of activity at any of the bird hides and dams .

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:05 am

From Trevor Hardaker's reports;

A COMMON WHIMBREL was located on the southern side of the Engelhardt Dam in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:09 am

Anyone been past Leeupan recently ? If so , any interesting sightings . May still be a little early for Pygmy Geese if they are going to arrive this year ? Have also seen Lesser Moorhen there in the past .

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:00 am

Leeupan is certainly a rain dependant pan .. for the past 3 years I have monitored Leeupan around various months and each year is different.

Nov 2009 - Heavy rain, and the pan was full.. we found Lesser Moorhen and Allen's Gallinule. No Pygmy Goose.
Nov 2010 - Dry as hell, nothing going on there.
Nov 2011 - Still very dry
March 2012 - Pan is full and once again Allen's Gallinule is present alonside Pygmy Goose. Pretty sure Lesser Moorhen was around but it wasn't seen.

Luck plays a big part at Leeupan :lol:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:03 am

On 6 November Leeupan sat about 20m receded from its March (full) levels. Disappointingly little going on there. I recorded white-faced ducks, Wood sandpiper, hamerkop, Jacana, common greenshank, Gypos and blacksmith lapwings.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Gary » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:14 am

Just back from a 5 night trip - 2 at Punda, 2 Shingwedzi and 1 at Letaba
The Whimbrel sighting was at Engelhardt was actually ours (will try find pic at some point when sorted)
At same point (Last loop along the Engelhardt before the dam wall) we also saw a African Swamphen (definately not Allen's as too big with the massive red 'nose').
Also female adult Osprey at Sable Dam. Pallid Harrier (male) at Mooiplaas picnic spot.
Never been Norh of Oliphants before so v nice experience - managed 180 in the 5 days. Low point was Myna 1km inside Punda gate :(

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:31 am

Some great sighting there Gary! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great tally for the time spent! :thumbs_up:

You should add your KNP list total to this list.

BTW, I don't think the Myna march into reserves are stoppable... :cry:

I don't bemoan house sparrows in the parks anymore, maybe it is time to accept these arrogant feathered blighters and tick their presence with the same gusto reserved for other settlers?
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:26 pm

Great tip on the osprey Gary . I would imagine that it should be around for a while . Can't recall previous sightings of osprey at Sable . Did you get to Pafuri , and if so any decent sightings there ?

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:50 pm

Sable dam seems good for Osprey. We saw an overwintering one there in July this year.
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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Highbury » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:05 am

Anyone seen or heard of sightings of Collared Pratincole yet this summer ?

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Scipio » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:13 am

Know of a nesting site near Sable, and on the Mankavi loop north of Pala Gate, but still not there last weekend. PM me is you want the details. :thumbs_up:

Edit: The reason I am not sharing on the open forum is cause it is not onnormal tourist roads, but can be frequented legally, and they are seen in the area from tourists roads if you know where to look, before anybody wants to lynch me again. :tongue: AND I can post the pics. :wink:

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Re: Recent Interesting Kruger sightings

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:48 am

Highbury wrote:Anyone seen or heard of sightings of Collared Pratincole yet this summer ?


We were fortunate to see a few CPs as they landed on a rocky island in the middle of the river some 100m downstream of the high bridge (H1-4/5) over the Olifants River. I say "lucky" because finding them to show to our fellow birders while they sat still on the island prooved very difficult.

So, albeit this being a Kruger CP sighting, I won't called it a dependable/repeatable one...
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