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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:41 pm

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Unread post by anne catherine » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:38 pm

One of these beautiful birds seen at Nkaya dam on the H1-3 one morning at 6H30

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Unread post by anne catherine » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:49 pm

And an other one for the fun ( sharpness ), took from the lower bridge at Shingwedsi at 5h37 am .


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Unread post by cougar » Thu May 08, 2008 10:19 pm

Has anyone ever seen a saddle-bill sit on the top of a tree?

Saw one sitting on the top of larger tree either on the H1-3 or H1-2 (it was near Tshokwane, but I don't remember exactly where). I don't have a picture because it was too far away from the road.

I thought this seemed really weird, but I don't know of any other very large black and white bird that would do such a thing.

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Unread post by cybeR@NGER » Thu May 08, 2008 11:15 pm

I've seen a pair:

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri May 09, 2008 6:24 am

I have seen it too, Cougar. Not as nicely as CR's picture thou. :D

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Unread post by cybeR@NGER » Fri May 09, 2008 3:56 pm

Thanks, W™. I've also seen Yellow-billed on top of a tree. Check this
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Unread post by Richprins » Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:51 pm

That's an immature and dirty one, wildheart! Was it in the Luvhuvhu River?

Here's a clean one from Klopperfontein dam Sep 2007.

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Unread post by Richprins » Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:23 pm

wildtuinman wrote:
Richprins wrote:Here's a clean one from Klopperfontein dam Sep 2007.


Aren't all females (note yellow eye, dark eye for males) supposed to always be clean? :twisted:


Wouldn't know, I'm male! :redface:

WTM is entirely correct as to the cleanliness of birds. Even vultures can't wait to "preen" themselves! :clap:

Just thought the stork may have recently plunged into the muddy Luvhuvhu! :twisted:

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Unread post by Skopsie » Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:00 am

I recently saw one on a NEST. It was close to Phalaborwa gate. I submitted it to Stiffnecks as part of the EWT and Stiffnecks Project on birdsightings in KNP.

http://www.sanparks.org/groups/birders/

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Unread post by Jose » Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:24 pm

wildtuinman wrote:<...>It is also the first immature picture I've seen of one<...>


Define "immature picture", please? :? IMPO, pictures taken in a SANPark, any park, (I might as well say any part of the SA bush) can be any of the following: superb; sorta ok; or "lousy but still special". Immature is a new concept for me... :P

Here's a pic containing one of each... dark eye, yellow eye and (clean, except for muddy feet) juvenile:
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Pic taken from Letaba high bridge, early January 2005.

It used to be in the Public Sightings Gallery (Kruger) once too, but no longer there.
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Unread post by Mgoddard » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:52 am

Here are 2 pics of one of the two seen at Shitlhave Dam in April...

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:43 am

Wow, stunning shots Mgoddard :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Richprins » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:55 pm

Joques, very clever! :roll:

Mgoddard, how the hell did you get that resolution and focus!? :shock:

(Too much money... :roll: )

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Unread post by Mgoddard » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:35 pm

Richprins wrote:Mgoddard, how the hell did you get that resolution and focus!? :shock:

(Too much money... :roll: )


Thanks DB.....

Richprins, not at all...I only have a 70-200 and a 1.4x convertor, but was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time...there were 2 of them and we were parked on the upperside of Shitlhave dam as lots of cars...I saw it taking off and yes, the gods smiled on me as it came straight for me.... :D for once my settings were in the right place, how, I still wonder, but it was great :D
....I posted a video on youtube of an African Fish Eagle also flying straight at me, but what a disaster!! :( all out of focus) now it that was the same as this pic I would have been jumping over any obstacles you could have put in my way.....one day...not soon..I would have a proper lens to photograph birds :D Still glad you all like it. :D


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