Walter Sisulu Cuckoos

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4 years 11 months ago #81986 by wildtuinman
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My girlfriend and I went to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Saturday to look for Cuckoos and we were well entertained by Diderick, Red-chested and Black Cuckoos.

Here are some of her photos she managed on the day:


Red-chested Cuckoo by Laine2005 , on Flickr


Diderick by Laine2005 , on Flickr


Black Cuckoo2 by Laine2005 , on Flickr


Black Cuckoo by Laine2005 , on Flickr

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4 years 11 months ago #81989 by Doug
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Nice stuff. I still do not have. red-chested or black cuckoo photo!

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4 years 11 months ago #81990 by wildtuinman
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You now know where to go get them, Doug. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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4 years 11 months ago #81991 by Doug
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I know. Just never have gotten round to it :)

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4 years 11 months ago #81992 by docandy
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Nice Dirk! :D
I also get Klaas' Cuckoo there fairly regularly and have got Common Cuckoo there twice in the last twenty odd years!

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4 years 11 months ago #81993 by wildtuinman
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Thanks doc,

Klaas' Cuckoo we last got there in October 2010.

http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/385/385.html

I know actually of quite a few people who are eagerly after Klaas' Cuckoo. When last have you seen one there, doc?

Common Cuckoo is a great find for there. Well done!
Which areas at the Gardens are best to look out for it?

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4 years 11 months ago #81996 by docandy
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Also about 2010 I would guess. Not too many in this part of Gauteng for a few years. I also get them occasionally on Boschkop Koppie but not for several years. :D

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4 years 11 months ago #82004 by sulamk
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Have Levalliant and Klaas there also about 2010!

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4 years 11 months ago #82012 by docandy
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Levaillant's is certainly unusual.
Get the Common in thick vegetation near the dam. Got it once just next to the small pond on the left side after crossing the bridge that is no longer there and also in big trees just before the river immediately after leaving the hide [ Ou Hout path I think it is called]. Also got it at President Ridge a few years ago on the flats side in one of the smaller trees. I don't know which of us was more surprised! :D

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4 years 11 months ago #82046 by wildtuinman
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Thanks Andy!

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