.....and a few from Kruger

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5 years 5 months ago #73308 by nkgray
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Also managed three day trips into the Kruger from White River. I must admit that these were among the most frustrating of my Kruger visits over the past 32 years, with mammals thin on the ground, and on the second day trip I only took 15 bird photos in total compared to up to 500 on a good day in mid-summer. Nevertheless 118 species over the 3 very windy days, I think poor even for winter – but with a few highlights, including my first Grey Tit-Flycatcher for over 4 years and a Fiscal Flycatcher, which I last saw in the Kruger 4 years ago. Believe it or not at the same spot – could this be the same bird? Also the most amazing aerial displays by around 100 Yellow-billed Stork at the Sunset Dam at Lower Sabie.

African Harrier Hawk in the Sabie River below Paul Kruger Gate on my way out of the Park



African Fish Eagle - juvenile



Bateleur – female



Tawny Eagle - adult tawny form



Black-shouldered Kite in characteristic hovering mode



Southern Black Flycatcher - male



Blue Waxbill



Crested Barbet



Hamerkop



Southern Red-billed Hornbill



Red-billed Oxpecker - on impala



Red-headed Weaver - non-breeding male



Three-banded Plover - juvenile



White-browed Scrub-Robin



Southern White-crowned Shrike



Yellow-billed Storks at Sunset Dam











and finally an African Pipit with what appears to be a large tick on its throat




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5 years 5 months ago #73326 by Ian_H
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Great shots!

Nice raptor sightings.

There was an email a while ago about ticks on birds and research done on it. It turned out it was quite common.
The reserach was done by some Norwegian researchers as what was happening birds were carrying the ticks from africa to Norway where the ticks were then getting onto the livestock there.

I love sunset dam!

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5 years 5 months ago #73377 by mossie
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Do you think the tick knows what kind of pipit it is <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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5 years 5 months ago #73387 by nkgray
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...and a bonus point for anyone who can identify the species of tick.

My vote goes to [i:9onpc9w4]Amblyomma hebraeum[/i:9onpc9w4], the South African bont tick

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5 years 5 months ago #73418 by Margaret
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I am very impressed Neil. Can you please ID the tick on this bird? Hahaha Thanks for 2 nice postings (by the way, Mossie has a short memory! I posted a good picture of a White-starred Robin last year)
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5 years 5 months ago #73558 by mossie
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