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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Astazou » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:20 pm

Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February

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Early evening. Alone.

Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:
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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:47 am

Hi there

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:09 pm

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Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:12 pm

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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread post by JOL » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:37 am

Astazou wrote:Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February


Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:




Hi Astazou ,

I'm positive "Rusty Justy" has identified your birds spot on.

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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread post by Astazou » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:06 am

Thanks for all the help. :thumbs_up:
The very long grass in Feb made big cat viewing more limited but the plus side was that it led to taking more interest in birds than I might otherwise have done.
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Secretarybird

Unread post by Mant » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:06 pm

Hi,

Saw this very rare sighting of a Secretarybird standing in the grass.

Haven't seen one of these in ages in the Kruger :)

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Re: Secretarybird

Unread post by RayK » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:17 pm

Hi Mant,
The Secretarybird is definitely one of my favorite birds. According to Newman's it is a common resident but I've also only seen it once and that being in central Kruger. In KTP it really is a common sight.

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Re: Secretarybird

Unread post by michel367 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:39 am

The only time we saw Secretary birds in KNP was in 2007 and in 2 completely different parts. 1 Just under Shingwedzion the banks of the Shingwedzi river and 1 down South in the region of Mlondozi. They are not that abundoned, but I always keep an eye out for them.

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:26 pm

Have seen Secretary bird on quite a few occasions, nearly always in the Lower Sabie Tshokwane and even up to Satara regions. But always special to see. Have last year seen two on the top of a tree - nesting... :D
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Re: Secretarybird

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:58 pm

Have also seen them regularly in Kruger........The Central and Southern regions are definately the better places to look, with all the open grass lands........
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Re: Secretarybird

Unread post by Donny » Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:30 pm

As RJ says much more easier to see on the open grasslands esp. between Tshokwane & Olifants.

Have seen them quite regularly there as well as on the H10 around L/Sabie.
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Re: Secretarybird

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:00 pm

Saw one on farmland near Philadelphia (WC) on Saturday.
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Re: Secretary Bird

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:13 pm

On our recent trip to a Northern KZN park we came across this wonderful sighting of a Secretary Bird feeding its 2 chicks in the nest.

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Where are the secretary birds in the KNP?

Unread post by PaulEdge » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:04 pm

I am starting to think that Secretary Birds no longer exist in the Kruger. We will be travelling through the central (southern most point is Talamati) & northern part of the park & would love to know from other forumites where they have spotted this elusive bird.


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