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Lapwing: White-crowned

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:49 am

Saw about 3 birds recently. On the bridge over the Olifants river, 2 were wading on the water's edge. How scarce are they realy in Kruger? I have seen them only once before and that was on a sunset drive from Lower Sabie in May 2005.

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Unread postby Bosnimf » Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:01 pm

See them quite regularly, especially in the Olifants area. Have seen them at Nkuhlu resently. IMHO I don't think they are that scarce. But then again, I also think I see a lot of Saddlebilled Stork and Ground Hornbills - so who knows :wink:
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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:04 am

We see them "regularly" in the Letaba area next to the river.
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Unread postby Johann » Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:43 pm

francoisd wrote:We see them "regularly" in the Letaba area next to the river.

I might be wrong but if I remember correctly these birds were part of 'Last feast of the Crocodile' shot in the Pafuri area. A breeding pair were constantly battling to protect their nest against the crocs and other animals coming to the waterhole.
So it seems like they do occur in the area, choosing to nest near water. Program did show how they would wet their breast- and belly-feathers to cool down their eggs in the 40 plus blazing sun

Have seen them in a little reserve in Pretoria but never noticed them personally in Kruger. Only started birding on my last trip though.
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Unread postby Aquilla » Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:15 pm

White Crowned plover was only seen in the far reaches of the park. It was and is regulaly seen around Pafuri area. I have seen them as far south as Sunset Dam! The species is definatly on the increase.

I have seen the Wattled Plover on many occations in the park. The best aid in separating the two for the novice is the different stance of the two species. The White Crowned is walks almost paralell with the ground in a hunched up posture, The Wattled has an upright stance and is larger.

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Unread postby bert » Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:16 pm

Saw a white-crowned at Crooks corner
Just before the Luvuvhu entered the Limpopo. There was still small pool and the plover was standing in the sand

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:50 am

Saw a few of them during our trip on various places.

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Unread postby j-ms » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:27 pm

Saw a pair south of Pretoriuskop once in 2002.

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:41 pm

Taken in the Pafuri area

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Re: White-crowned Lapwing

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:00 pm

Hi All,

Within the book (Best Birding in Kruger), I'll parafrase what they have to say about this species.

"The white-crowned Lapwing is classified as rare(Within the Park)...With an estimate of 90 Pairs.....There are also debates on why this bird has not been seen on the Letaba River before, but is found on the Olifants,Limpopo and an odd few on the Crocodile.

Nkhulu Picnic spot being the best place(with these few pairs being seen at Sunsest and Lake Panic in the surrounding area) to see them South of the Oliphants River."

Thats about the grand total of it :)

I've seen at Crook's Corner & Nkhulu Picnic Spot

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Re: White-crowned Lapwing

Unread postby wmahon465 » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:09 pm

I'm of the same opinion as Candy, wattled Plover. I hve some shots taken near pretoriouskop in May, unfortunately I have just packed all my kit as I'm off cruising tomorrow.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:41 pm

Saw a pair with a juvenile close to Skukuza last week.

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Re: Lapwing: White-crowned

Unread postby Batmad » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:25 pm

Ticked mine at Crooks corner on the 19 of December!!
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Re: Lapwing: White-crowned

Unread postby jphuis » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:12 pm

Also saw mine near crooks corner on the 14th!!!

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Re: Lapwing: White-crowned

Unread postby JenB » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:44 pm

Sunset dam.

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