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Bee-eater, European

Unread post by bert » Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:54 pm

Hi
Not sure where to post my quiestion :roll:

Might be the last european bee eater
I believe the are migraters and should be on its way to
europa
Or do some birds keep sticking around all year :?:

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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:01 pm

:oops: Sorry Bert! I meant to find you an answer and forgot about it. :lol: European Bee eaters are common summer visitors to the north, map indicates up to about Satara in KNP. That would mean those seen by Acekam would probably the last stragglers before they disappear as our "summer" usually indicates November to March.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:32 pm

Guinea Pig wrote::oops: Sorry Bert! I meant to find you an answer and forgot about it. :lol: European Bee eaters are common summer visitors to the north, map indicates up to about Satara in KNP. That would mean those seen by Acekam would probably the last stragglers before they disappear as our "summer" usually indicates November to March.


I have seen them further down south around Byamithi 2 weeks ago. I have also found them quite common in Pretoria 3 - 4 weeks ago.

You r right GP, they should be busy packing there suitcases, gather the young ones, check in their baggage and head for the terminal with a flickering "Europe" above it.

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Unread post by j-ms » Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:55 am

They go much further south than KNP !

Earlier this year when visiting the West Coast NP, we saw masses of them near Citrusdal (I know that's outside the NP but just making the point).

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Unread post by fevertree » Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:48 am

The first european bee eaters appeared over the lowveld yesterday. Arrived as a whole wave of them and there are now big flocks all over Nelspruit!
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Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:59 pm

This is a pic of my first European Bee Eater.

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Unread post by richardharris » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:16 pm

Lots around in February.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:05 am

For those who would love to see these bids. They congregate in Moreletta Kloof in Pretoria in hundreds! I was sitting in the midst of a 150 atleast, last weekend. Dunno when they will fly back north, so rush there if they ain't gone yet.

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Re: Bee-eater, European

Unread post by Scottm » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:23 pm

I have positively identified both Europe and and White-Fronted Bee-eaters in the broadacres area for the past few years. Will hopefully see them again this year!
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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:12 pm

I saw plenty of them yesterday at Golden Harvest! :dance:
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Unread post by Crested Barbet » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:08 am

I like these birds!
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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:43 pm

These seen in Kruger, Feb this year.

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European Bee-eaters

Unread post by ruthers » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:54 pm

On route to the West Coast Park from Stellenbosch we spotted some brightly coloured birds behaving in an undoubtably bee-eater type fashion around the Darling area. Brightly coloured underneath (turquoise perhaps) we only got three decent looks at them in flight - but they certainly appeared to be European Bee-eaters. Bird books said this was likely - and show distribution throughout Western Cape in Summer - but I have never seen them out our way (Stell/Som West) or down in the Southern Supburbs where I lived previously. Are these summer migrants common in the Swartland and surrounds - or have I totally miss id'ed?

West Coast was lovely - though we messed our timing with the tides and so only had very long range views from the lagoon hides. Gorgeous Pearl Breated Swallow nesting inside the Hide at the fresh water Admanskraal pond was probably the quirky highlight on a windy day. A lone Eurasian Curlew in a crowd of whimbrels was also a long billed standout.
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