African Cuckoo Hawk

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11 years 3 months ago #2428 by mossie
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Does anybody know a good spot where I can see an african cuckoo hawk?

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11 years 3 months ago #2430 by Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler replied the topic:
Hi Mossie

The African Cuckoo Hawk is one of those species that could be encountered anywhere in the Central and Eastern parts of South Africa. In recent years it has been seen more and more further west, I have seen this species in the Pilanesberg and there have been numerous sightings in the Pretoria and Johannesburg areas. I think it was Etienne Marais who mention a nest sight in Eastern Pretoria. Traditionally the stronghold for this species has been in places like Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Kruger Nat Park, especially in the Pafuri Area. However keep your eyes peeled as they are likely to turn up wherever there well wooded habitat is found.

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10 years 4 months ago #4945 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: A nest site in Eastern Pretoria?
I live in Murrayfield in the east of Pretoria...so this is GOOD news!
Does anyone have more information regarding the location of this site?

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10 years 4 months ago #4947 by gordon
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Hi Hanno,

You should contact Etienne directly for that kind of information. Have a look on his site http://www.birding.co.za/ for contact information.

Cheers,
Gordon

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10 years 4 months ago #4982 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: Thanks
Thanks G.

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6 years 9 months ago #43428 by Chrisvoogt
Chrisvoogt replied the topic: Re: African Cuckoo Hawk
I live in Oaklands Jhb, at the bottom of a cul-de-sac which borders on to a river (I believe it is the upper reaches of the Jukskei). Last week I drove out of my gates and drinking out of a rain-filled pothole was: "that's a LARGE dove - no it's a pigeon - no it's a cuckoo-hawk!!!" Unmistakable plumage with bars on the tail feathers, seen as it flew into the surrounding trees. The last one I saw was in Mkuzi on the airstrip some years ago, and I could not believe my eyes at first at this sighting. The area is a huge forest - lots of old established trees and as mentioned close to the river. A brief sighting but quite sure of my ID.

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6 years 9 months ago #43503 by wildtuinman
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We saw no less than 4 near Crooks' corner 2 weekends ago.

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6 years 9 months ago #43518 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: African Cuckoo Hawk
Hi Mike R

What an awesome neighborhood. <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: --> I live on a cul de sac on the other side of the spruit in Orchards, just a few 100m away (as the cockoo hawk flies).

I guess this explains a few things I've noticed this summer:

1) the absence of steppe buzzards in our area possibly displaced by competition?

2) the pigeons that get harassed on some mornings in the African street area, which sets off the alarm call of the go-aways and hadeda's, and even the sparrows. (hopefully bio-control of the flying rat population <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> ) This is usually the result of a raptor in the area, but more cryptic than the buzzards.

3) the presence of a larger than usual gray raptor flying in our area that I have been struggling to pin down :rolleyes: . We normally get the little sparrow hawks, but this was more the size of an ovambo SH. I had a fairly good sighting of it taking a thermal up from the spruit that runs past Norwood PicknPay. Cuckoo hawk didn't cross my mind, so I will check a few books tonight.

Hopefully I can confirm this one day with a picture.

By the way, the spruit is a tributary of the Sandspruit. The Jukskei goes through Bezuidenhoudt valley, through Bruma, past Saheti School, through Alexander township, and then onto Drainfern Estate.

Out of curiosity, do you also get greater and lesser honey guide in your garden?

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Mossie

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6 years 9 months ago #43521 by mdelport
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Thats exciting news, I also live in that general area and would love to see this cuckoo Hawk. I'll definitely be keepig an eye out for it.

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6 years 9 months ago #43574 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: African Cuckoo Hawk
I had a look at the reference books last night. I'm quite convinced there was a match with ACH, as the bird I saw had slightly longer narrower wings than the short powerful wings of an Accipiter sp. and did not have the pointed wings of the larger peregrine or lanner falcons.

Talking of lanners and peregrins, guess what I saw cruising over Newtown this am! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: --> A pigeon eating machine! Yeah <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

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