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Woodpecker: Ground

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:13 pm

Ground woodpecker (Geocolaptes olivaceus)

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As far as SANParks are concerned I've only seen this bird in Mountain Zebra National Park thus far.

Other names:
Afrikaans: Grondspeg
German: Erdspecht
French: Pic laboureur
Dutch: Kaapse grondspecht

Habits
The Ground Woodpecker is one of only three ground-dwelling woodpeckers in the world. It inhabits rather barren, steep boulder strewn slopes in relatively cool hilly and mountainous areas of South Africa, and has not yet been recorded outside of Southern Africa. It is our largest woodpecker reaching up to 30cm in length. It is usually found in pairs or small groups and in summer is best located by its loud, raucous call. Birds sit erect on large boulders or flying close to the ground from one rock to the next. Hops when on the ground.

Food
Insects and larvae, including ants, obtained on the ground

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:13 am

Some photos I took this weekend. Not in a SANPark though.

Really put in some effort to get close. Located the birds at a spot I normally see them, half way up a mountain slope. Circled to their left and approached from the top so that I can have the sun from my back. Sat down a far way off just watching them while the watch me. Had some coffee and the slowly made my way closer by sliding on my backside with out getting up. As I see them getting uneasy I stopped and waited a while. From the time I got into the first position until the last photo was taken took ±1hour. I came to within 6 meters

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Unread postby mountainview » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:39 pm

Ive seen them in vaious places in the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfontier Park, which now includes the Qwa-Qwa National Park into Golden Gate National Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:13 am

You do not have to go to Cape Town to get up close to GWP! I have a dependable site (haven't dipped on GWP there yet :lol: ) near Wakkerstroom at the Zaaihoek Dam below the dam wall.

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Unread postby Adansonia » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:09 pm

Saw them from the lookout point on the Klipspringer drive at Karoo NP (dipped on the cinnamon-breasted warbler though!!).

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Re: Woodpecker: Ground

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:07 pm

Golden Gate - Oct 2008

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Re: Woodpecker: Ground

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:33 am

Basotho Cultural Village, Golden Gate Highlands NP

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Re: Woodpecker: Ground

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:15 am

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Re: Woodpecker: Ground

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:35 am

Anyone know where to look for them in Bontebok NP?
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Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:10 am

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:09 pm

Hi

My friend send me this image to ID and I have no Idea....

He took the image in the Golden Gate park last weekend

Appreciate if some one can help with ID?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby umtali1 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:51 pm

I think it might be a ground woodpecker.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:37 am

I agree with Umtali1, Ground Woodpecker. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:02 pm

Thank you Hilda and umtali1 for the positive ID :dance: :dance:

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Re: Woodpecker, Ground

Unread postby RoelfA » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:22 am

Great sightings :clap: :clap:

Spotted this one at Golden Gate Hotel

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