Kgalagadi: Birds

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Re: Birding in Kgalagadi

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Hi...
We visited the KgaLagAdi in the deCember of 2010...when we stayed at the Kalahari tEntEd camp we saw the strangest bird(we have visited the kgalagadi alot before and have never seen it before..)at first we didn't know what type of bird it was,but later figured it out...it was a African Cuckoo(Afrikaanse koekoek).
Is this bird common in the park or was it a rare sighting???
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Re: Birding in Kgalagadi

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Hi Bibronsgecko,

I've recorded three sightings of African Cuckoo this December on the 5km between Tented Camp and Mata-mata. They've been recorded previously in the park so don't think they are that rare, we even had one calling which is always nice to hear!
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Hey
thanx for the reply.. :)
The one we saw also made a calling that was spesial...

Have you seen the red chested cuckoo at Mata-Mata...Because one morning early i saw it jumping on the dry river bed..
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No sorry we missed that one, we had Spotted Cuckoo everyday chasing each other in camp, which was also great entertainment. Black Cuckoo always calling out of camera's reach..
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We also found the birding rewarding there.
Got the loudest and most fantastic video recording of a Northern Black Korhaan in full cry, almost deafened us and amuses the family no end! :lol:

@ Bibronsgecko. Had frequent sightings of the Black-breasted Snake Eagle,
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I took this photo just north of rooiputs,in april.
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Time to get the thread active again........ :hmz:

Bee eater with a catch....... :dance:

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Thanks for reactivating the thread Jan :thumbs_up:
And nice sparrow isinkwe :clap: :clap:
I'm running short of KTP biridies images then it's time to go back overthere :whistle: .Nice excuse isn't it :lol:
A Kori Bustard looking for .... :hmz:

Winter colors of the landscape really fit with the nice feathers :thumbs_up:

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Thank you for the comments :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Great shot isinkwe and beautiful Kori Bustard Goronta :clap:

Goronta wrote:t's time to go back overthere .Nice excuse isn't it


Hopefully very soon...... :hmz: :hmz:

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Heron catching Namaqua Doves

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A recent Birdlife Africa magazine had an article describing Black Headed Herons catching birds at a Kgalagadi waterhole. Last October my wife and I saw two Black Headed Herons catching birds at Leeuwdril, maybe the same Herons as the Birdlife article.

As we stayed at TR for 17 days we photographed the Herons numerous mornings. Initially we hoped to photograph the jackals catching Sandgrouse, a sight we have seen on many occasions at Cubitje Quap. The Jackals however showed no interest in catching Sandgrouse.

A pair of herons had taken over the catching of birds at the waterhole. One heron stood in the waterhole to catch birds, at the same time preventing the second heron from entering the water.

The heron was very successful catching sparrows and canaries, but was also very adept at catching Namaqua Doves. We have many images of the heron with a bird but the image below shows the Heron catching a Namaqua Dove as it flew past the Heron’s beak, simply catching the Dove in flight.

After catching the bird the Heron then dunked the bird in water three or four times, maybe to provide some lubrication before swallowing the bird as can be seen in the second image.

I have used the attachment feature for the images so the images are small, but can be enlarged by stretching the image on a tablet, or clicking the image on a PC.

Thanks for viewing

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Re: Birds seen in the Kgalagadi

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Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:
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Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:
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Super sighting and images isinkwe.. :clap: :clap:

Just love their beautiful colours...... :dance:

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Re: Birds seen in the Kgalagadi

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Thank you for the comments :thumbs_up:

Bee eater landing pose......still on of my best shots of the Bee eater....... :dance: :dance:

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