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Sandgrouse: Namaqua

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Sandgrouse, Namaqua

Unread post by francoisd » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:33 pm

I stayed at Paulsehoek house in Tankwa National Park. About 20 meters from the house there is a little waterhole where numerous birds come to drink. On the first afternoon I sat down about 3 meters from the waterhole and took shots of the general birds. The Sandgrouse however did not want to come to the waterhole with me there.

The next afternoon I parked the car close to the waterhole and left it there for about two hours for all the birds to get used to it. I then got in and although the Sandgrouse were still skittish they did come down to drink.

Walking away after they finished drinking
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After taking the photo I only saw the blue colouration on the tips of some of the feathers, something I did not noticed before even though it is shown in my fieldguide. This shot was not taken at the waterhole but shortly after 6am on Friday when I left the Park.

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Re: Sandgrouse: Namaqua

Unread post by DuQues » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:39 pm

Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua) Females in Augrabies National Park


Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua) Male in Augrabies National Park

Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Re: Sandgrouse: Namaqua

Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:50 pm

:clap: DuQues......Great pics (THANK YOU) :whistle: :whistle:
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