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Re: Where are the secretary birds in the KNP?

Unread postby El-Bok » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:44 pm

Saw this one near Lower Sabie a few days back

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Re: Where are the secretary birds in the KNP?

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:07 pm

:thumbs_up: Nice One :thumbs_up:
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby wingman » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:57 pm

Hi Ive just returned from KNP in June and saw these birds at following localities:
S28 Lower Sabie Mac waterhole area
H1-4 Satara Ntomeni dam area
S143 Mopani tropic of Capricorn loop Tihongonyeni waterhole

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Re: Where are the secretary birds in the KNP?

Unread postby normana53 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:20 pm

September, 2009 we saw this one and one other near the Nkumbe View site on the H10.

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They were patrolling a recently burned area looking for a bite to eat.
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Re: Where are the secretary birds in the KNP?

Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:20 pm

Havent seen any on the Nossob cam for a while..

I found this

The four large vultures decreased dramatically (98%) outside protected areas. The Hooded Vulture also collapsed over wide regions, but survived locally. Medium-size and large eagles, and the Secretary Bird, similarly declined >90% outside, but not inside, national parks, where woodland species also reach their highest frequency.


Interseting as people have commented that populations inside the parks have also seemed to decrease.

This is just alarming.

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Although its population is distributed over a vast area covering more than 15 million square kilometres, the secretarybird is generally in decline, and is thought to have completely disappeared from West Africa within the last 30 years (1) (2) (5). This species is increasingly threatened by the expansion of human populations, and the associated spread of cultivation and urbanisation (1) (2). On a smaller scale, some populations of the secretarybird are at risk from hunting and persecution, with several individuals found poisoned or injured in South Africa in recent years (5).
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:03 pm

On the H10 near Mlondozi Dam :D


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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:38 pm

This video was made during a trip to the Kruger National Park. The Secretary Bird walks across the veld and stamp the ground with its strong legs looking for small animals or insects. This bird was found in the grasslands north of Satara.

According to Roberts VII, there are an estimate of 250 Secretary Birds in the Kruger National Park.

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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:42 pm

One of my best nature memories, is seeing a secretary bird attacking and killing a small snake. It is incredible how hard they can hit with those long legs of theirs. The sound could be clearly heard some 10 meters away.
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:40 pm

We've been lucky with Secretary Bird sightings in KNP - but our best sightings were, of course, in KTP! Here's one of the pic's:

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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:57 pm

Took these pictures of the Secretary bird close to Satara.

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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby flying cheetah » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:47 pm

Great sighting :clap:
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby sandeep » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:36 pm

Very nice sighting Leeukos. I have only had 1 sighting of a Secretary bird in KNP. This was in Dec and north of Mopani off the S 144 and it was on the top of a tree

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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby okie » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:59 pm

This one was enjoying a quiet drink with some ellie friends at N'warihlangari WH , on the H1-7 , north of Shingwedzi last September . :wink:

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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:53 pm

:thumbs_up: Never saw a Secretary bird and Elephants in one pic before!
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread postby Leeukos » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:59 pm

This is a very nice sighting. :D

That is also a big elephant in the background.
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