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Unread post by Richprins » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:31 pm


Both sets of 5 on the S-36, the first at Lugmag Dam (They have been there for months now!)


The second bunch near Muzandzene:


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Unread post by wmahon465 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:35 pm

Saw a family in a tree on the Skukuza - LS road, 30 mins later they walked by with this one ready for dinner, think it was a mongoose, it was'nt dead, it proceeded to stab it several times before having it for dinner. ImageLarge

In 3 days, we saw 4 families all close to the road.
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Unread post by Jock » Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:00 am

I did not realise they killed dwarf mongeese. Better not let my sister in law, Tawny, hear that. She will not like the ground hornbill very much anymore. The mongoose is one of her favourites.
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread post by shangri-la » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:25 pm

Hi all
Tell me how can you tell which one is mail and which is female.
There great I see two sighting when I was in Kruger September 2008

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:42 pm

As you can see, the female has a dark purple/blue patch within the red throat patch....Another thing I've noticed is that Ground Hornbill have these pale cream eyes, something my Sasal Guide shows as dark eyes.

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Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:41 pm

Shingwedzi is an exellent basecamp to look out for hornbills! I have seen plenty there, in fact so many that after a while we decided to not take pictures anymore :lol:

Have seen them 3 together quite often, don't know why the number 3 actually featured. Saw them flying (nice white on the wing points) and heared them actually brumming, when they sat on a dead tree, just outside Shingwedzi! Now I understand the afrikaans name 'Brom voel'...

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Ground Hornbill - or What?

Unread post by Dave Heard » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:01 am

I photographed the enclosed on the Mlondozi Dam road earlier this month.
Have consulted the books and believe it's unusual that the white feathers are so clearly visible and pronounced.
Thought I would share it with you for comment.

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Unread post by Imax » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:29 pm

Quite so Dave.

I have never seen one like this!

Maybe send this to Trevor Hardacker at as he keeps a collection of unusual bird photos.

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Re: Ground Hornbill - or What?

Unread post by vanalder » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:54 pm

This URL is sort of interesting in getting so much data re
this bird in a short space. ... 5%26sa%3DN

Also, the URL itself seems to be the longest one I've ever seen.

Looking forward to some additional posts.


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Unread post by Crested Barbet » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:58 pm

Ground hornbill with tasty, self-made sandwich, in KNP:

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:50 am

Their numbers are definitely picking up! We saw 4 birds on the S25 23Oct and another 2 on the S30 the next day.


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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread post by Barcud » Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:49 pm

Hi All,

Some great pics on this thread.

Came across this family at Rooibosrant Dam. They had caught a Puff Adder which the younster swallowed in one!



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Unread post by Magic Guarri » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:17 am

WOW! Really great pic Barcud! :clap:

I am always fascinated when birds are killing one of Africas most poisonous snakes!

The Southern Ground Hornbill is also one of my favourite birds of Africa! They are so beautiful especially the eyes!


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