WCNP: Birds

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Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus, Witpelikaan)
A very large, white pelican with black flight featers contrasting with white coverts in flight. Breeding adults has a pink-tinged neck and underparts, bare pink-orange face, short crest, yellow breast patch and a red nail at te tip of the bill. Juveniles are mottled brown. The Great White Pelicans breed in colonies, they nest on the ground.
It's locally common at lakes, estuaries, and sheltered coastal bays.
These large birds often forages in flocks, working cooperatively to encircle prey.
We've seen Great White Pelicans in the WCNP only flying by like in this picture.

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They most certainly are very large :shock:

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Super Pelican pic Robbert :clap: :clap: :clap:
Also Thanks for the info on them... :thumbs_up:
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Great shot Robbert! Thanks for sharing! :clap: :clap:
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African Swamphen (Porphyrio madagascariensis, Grootkoningriethaan)

For long a bird that was on our bucketlist to :cam: but most of the times we only heard its call or only saw a glimpse of it in the reeds where it was quite well hidden.
To our knowledge the birdhide at Abrahamskraal is the only place to spot one (if you are very lucky).
It's by far the largest gallinule in the region, a common resident in reed beds, marshes and flooded grassland. Juveniles are not that colorful but dull brown above and grey below (well camouflaged)
The bird eats the pulp of reed stems while holding the stem with its foot.
You notice its existence by its voice a variety of harsh shrieks, wails and booming notes.

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Thanks for this feedback, Robbert ! :D
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Robbert wrote:To our knowledge the birdhide at Abrahamskraal is the only place to spot one (if you are very lucky).

Great photo Robbert. However, there are quite a few places in the Cape Town area where you've an excellent chance to see this gallinule, including Strandfontein and Rondevlei. I've seen the gallinule numerous times at all three places :dance:
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arks wrote:
Robbert wrote:To our knowledge the birdhide at Abrahamskraal is the only place to spot one (if you are very lucky).

Great photo Robbert. However, there are quite a few places in the Cape Town area where you've an excellent chance to see this gallinule, including Strandfontein and Rondevlei. I've seen the gallinule numerous times at all three places :dance:

Hi Arks, your right about the occurrence of the African Swamphen, there are a lot of places where you can find the bird in South Africa, I was only referring to the West Coast NP.
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Great Photo and interesting Info :clap: :clap:
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Beautiful photo, thanks Robbert! :clap: :clap:
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Looks like a birder's paradise. Superb pictures :clap: :clap:
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Kelp Gulls feasting on a large octopus just after entering the ink sac (see the black beak of one of the gulls :) )

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Wow! What an exceptional sighting Robbert! Thanks for sharing! :clap: :clap:
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Pne pf my favourite places to go as they have the hides on the lagoonwith all the sea type birds and then the fresh water pond with such a variety of inland birds .. Pelicans are a bit of a pain in the park mainly on the Islands as they destroy the comoratns nests .. Look up pelican watch it sounds great fun.. We have them flying in formation over aour house quite often
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Hartlaub's Gull

Endemic bird along the coast of Namibia and South Africa, an opportunistic scavenger and predator does well in urban areas. Can be found 50 km inland around Cape Town. Breed on offshore islands, coastal wetlands and on large buildings. Occasionally hybridises with Grey-headed Gull.

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