Barokalalo

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8 years 2 months ago #12716 by Doug
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Karen, Connor and I went to Barokalalo this morning for some game viewing and some bird photography.

I will not go into a long trip report only to say the birding was excellent as always and many migrants have returned.

On the migrant front we saw:
Lesser Striped Swallow
Red-breasted Swallow
Curlew Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Common Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Little Stint
Ruff
Caspian Tern

Other notable sightings included:
African Fish-eagle
Common ringed Plover
Burchell's Coucal that posed for photographs
Bennet's Woodpecker
golden-breasted Bunting
Violet-eared Waxbill
Yellow-throated Petronia

We finished off on a list for the day of 105.....

Karen has now finally set her criteria for her birding life list and will start updating the site with her life list total soon.

here are a few pics from the day from me... Hope you enjoy.















And my first Curlew Sandpiper for the season

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8 years 2 months ago #12719 by waldens@faerieglen
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Great shots, and list, Doug, we were also there this morning, spent an hour at the picnic site, then did a short tour of one of the loops, and spent a few hours on the fishing camp side, my total for the day was 90, including our first Yellow Billed Kite for the season. Also saw Greenshank.

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8 years 2 months ago #12721 by Doug
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Magic place isn't it.... Never got the YBK myself though but we did not go over to the fishing camp side.

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8 years 2 months ago #12723 by waldens@faerieglen
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We discovered that the birds at the fishing camp side are plentiful, Yellowbilled Storks, Spoonbills,Whitefaced Ducks,
Goliath, Burchells starlings, etc. Dennis got some great shots last time of Darter catching a huge fish and trying to swallow it. The bushveld birds are also very tame there, we tend to stop well away from the fisher folk, and just sit and watch. We also like spending time at the Picnic site, because of the Bennetts, and also the resident Greater Honeyguide, and of course the Pearl Spotted Owl that roosts there during the day. I don't know if you were with the group of birders there, but we were told that a guy had had an accident at the weir, and had to be taken to hospital with broken ribs, and head wounds. (The guy we spoke to said the man who fell was with Neil (Niall?) They were looking for the Finfoot that somebody had seen early in the morning, when he lost his footing.

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8 years 2 months ago #12724 by Doug
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No. Karen, Connor and I were on our own. Sounds serious though. I hope it was no one I know.

Here is hoping whoever was hurt, the story has a hapy ending?

If you did see us, we were in my metallic grey Toyota Tazz with the typical array of long white cannon lenses.

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8 years 2 months ago #12725 by waldens@faerieglen
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I think this person was with Niall Perrins, I see that Niall did a SABAP count there yesterday. I can't remember the name of ther person who was injured, it was an unusual name.
We didn't see you, but now that we know what car you drive we'll keep a look-out next time :)

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8 years 2 months ago #12731 by gordon
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waldens@faerieglen wrote: I don't know if you were with the group of birders there, but we were told that a guy had had an accident at the weir, and had to be taken to hospital with broken ribs, and head wounds. (The guy we spoke to said the man who fell was with Neil (Niall?) They were looking for the Finfoot that somebody had seen early in the morning, when he lost his footing.


I hope the person is ok?

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8 years 2 months ago #12749 by wildtuinman
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Hi there kind people, :)

We briefly met up with some of you at the picnic spot on Saturday. I was part of the big birding group there. As for our friend, fortunately he is ok, thanks for the concern and well wishes. :)

You can read more about his and our Bora experinces [url=http://globalbirdtrekkers.org/index.php?option=com_agora&Itemid=44&task=viewtopic&id=400&p=42:6g6ldq40]here[/url:6g6ldq40].

Regards and happy birding.

WTM.

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8 years 2 months ago #12753 by gordon
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wildtuinman wrote: Hi there kind people, :)

We briefly met up with some of you at the picnic spot on Saturday. I was part of the big birding group there. As for our friend, fortunately he is ok, thanks for the concern and well wishes. :)

You can read more about his and our Bora experinces here .

Regards and happy birding.

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Hi WTM, thanks for the update... I spoke with Niall as well earlier today. I believe the best medicine for this sort of thing is simply to go birding again... <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

Cheers,
Gordon

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8 years 2 months ago #12754 by waldens@faerieglen
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Wildtuinman, we're glad your friend is going to be ok. We were the two birders in the Honda CRV at the picnic spot. We went to see if we could spot the Finfoot on the river, and came across the scene of the accident <!-- s:shocking: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/shocking.gif" alt=":shocking:" title="Shocking" /><!-- s:shocking: --> There was so much blood one could be forgiven for thinking that this guy was attacked and eaten by the leopard you had seen! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Birding is a dangerous occupation, crash helmets should be worn at all times! The only problem is that broken bones and bruises mend, but broken bins and cameras take more than a painkiller and bandages. Sorry to hear about the misfortune.
Amanda and Dennis

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