Christmas in Kruger

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6 years 9 months ago #42961 by peter sharland
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The Sharland family spent Christmas 2010 in the KNP, with one night at Punda Maria, two nights at Shingwedzi and one night at Olifants.

Here are some of our sightings, including some non-birds (which i hope the moderators won't mind.......)

Punda Maria is one of the best places to see some fairly localized birds, such as


Yellow-billed oxpecker


Grey-headed parrot (probably a female above, judging by the orange on the crown)

Then we moved on to Shingwedzi, and right next to road found one of our favourite birds


Dwarf bittern (what a pose! Seen at 50km/hr on a seasonally flooded wetland north of Shingwedzi)


Bennett's woodpecker searching for dinner in Shingwedzi camp


Woodland kingfisher finding some dinner in Shingwedzi camp


Martial eagle (comment here is how many raptors stay perched when the weather is a bit cool and cloudy)


Common sandpiper on the low-level bridge just outside Shingwedzi


Red-breasted swallow outside Olifants camp


Red-crested korhaan (making a helluva racket next to the tarred H1-5 south of Olifants)

We had a very enjoyable and productive night drive from Shingwedzi, which produced these beauties:-


Fiery-necked nightjar (? any comments on ID will be appreciated)


Night adder


Male lion (apparently scent marking by rolling in "other" dung)


The evil eye!

Best regards

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6 years 9 months ago #42963 by Birdlover
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Wonderful photos. Looks like you had a wonderful time.
Thanks for sharing.

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6 years 9 months ago #42968 by Doug
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Awesome stuff!!!

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6 years 9 months ago #43026 by Charles Dickinson
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Nice pics Peter, especially on the Dwarf Bittern. The Eagle looks to me like an African Hawk-Eagle though, or am I getting my raptors confused again?

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6 years 9 months ago #43027 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Christmas in Kruger
No, you aren't getting confused! AHE it is. Silly me.

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6 years 9 months ago #43055 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Christmas in Kruger
The snake is also not a Night Adder, but a Common Egg-Eater :)

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6 years 9 months ago #43098 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Christmas in Kruger
Thanks for the correction on the snake - my knowledge around reptiles is very basic, so I assumed that the night drive ranger had the ID correct!

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6 years 9 months ago #43113 by Trevor Hardaker
Trevor Hardaker replied the topic: Re: Christmas in Kruger
Agree with Justin on the snake id, but just wanted to ask whether you have any other photos of the nightjar from more side on. It doesn't look like a Fiery-necked to me - I think it might be a female Square-tailed.

As an aside, I have visited the Kruger many times (as well as numerous other reserves and parks) and, in most places, I have found the "guides" to be less than proficient in the identification of most things which are not the "Big 5" or other common and glaringly obvious species. I'm not saying that all of them are like this (I have certainly experienced a handful of exceptional guides along the way too), but most of them seem to think that they can say whatever seems plausible at the time and, because they are the guide, it will just be taken for granted! In particular, my experiences of night drives in most places have been less than satisfactory with incorrect identifications of nocturnal birds, mammals and reptiles being given on a large percentage of them. Anyway, just my 2c worth and a word of warning - when on these "outings" with "guides", please don't take everything they say as gospel. Rather do the homework yourself and satisfy yourself that the id is correct! Otherwise, you are likely to end up with a number of incorrect things on your various lists...

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6 years 9 months ago #43118 by gordon
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Also remember that the person trying to help you might just simply be having a bad day and even though they think they are right, they are simply getting their ID incorrect...

I know from my own experiences in trying to help others getting some pretty easy stuff hopelessly wrong... <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

As Trevor has said to me many times over the years, you are the one that ultimately counts... a guide is only that... a guide.

Cheers,
Gordon

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6 years 9 months ago #43132 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Christmas in Kruger
Wise advice from Trevor and Gordon; thanks guys.

Trevor, the only other nightjar photo I have is this one, which is almost the same view.
Dunno if this helps, but please let us have your thoughts.



PS If I hadn't posted, I would have been blissfully ignorant of the correct ID's. The benefits of forums! :)

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