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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1320 on: January 30, 2019, 05:57:52 pm »
Little Egret and Pied Kingfisher
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1321 on: January 30, 2019, 06:47:46 pm »
Wow Kingfisher!!

Great moment
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1322 on: January 30, 2019, 09:07:08 pm »
Could that kingfisher even fly after that?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1323 on: January 31, 2019, 04:51:02 am »
Could that kingfisher even fly after that?
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He dived in the water a few times for a swig to wash it down. Amazing what they can swallow  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1324 on: January 31, 2019, 01:35:58 pm »
Hi had a pied kingfisher polish off all my baby koi and they were about 15cm.
 

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« Reply #1325 on: January 31, 2019, 02:38:54 pm »
That is serious stuff  :biggrin:

I had a mate in Hillcrest with a koi pond. He thought the visiting hamerkop was quite cute until he discovered the pond was koi-less
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1326 on: February 01, 2019, 06:26:39 am »
Love the Little Egret picture.

The soft background really makes the white colour of the Egret amazing.

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« Reply #1327 on: February 01, 2019, 07:35:31 am »
Thanks Nigel  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1328 on: March 11, 2019, 05:54:31 am »
@Tommy Transalp I see you had hail in Mooi River.

Poor Amur falcons took a knock at their nesting site. Over 1,000 rescued and plenty killed

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We at FREEME KZN are currently dealing with an emergency situation where hundreds of Amur Falcons have been injured by hail. This occurred at the Mooi River Amur Falcon roosting site last night. We desperately need your assistance to help save and return these birds to the wild. ♥️♥️

We are a registered NPO no. 066/704
and PBO no. 930032928 and rely solely on public funding to do this work for our wildlife.

Banking Details (this account is dedicated to this rescue):
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1329 on: March 11, 2019, 02:01:16 pm »
I'll forward this on to some of the mooi boys as well.... will do an EFT tonight.

Maybe some of the local Co-ops can help with food donations?
Hope you can get these birds healthy again before their long flight to Russia!
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« Reply #1330 on: March 11, 2019, 02:21:29 pm »
I've posted some Whatsapp messages out to groups in the area... hope you get some response @ frankmac.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1331 on: March 11, 2019, 06:11:12 pm »
EFT done to FreeMe KZN. :thumleft:
You'll get some non-WD contributors from other groups I've contacted.
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« Reply #1332 on: March 11, 2019, 09:09:14 pm »
EFT done to FreeMe KZN. :thumleft:
You'll get some non-WD contributors from other groups I've contacted.
Hope this helps! :3some:

Wow, that is very generous of you, Tom and thanks for spreading the appeal.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1333 on: March 12, 2019, 12:46:44 pm »
Just an update from the FB site yesterday;

"400 of these beautiful raptors were ringed and released today from FREEME KZN. Why did we not take them back to the roost for release? We decided to release them directly from FREEME in Howick to reduce stress and get as many strong birds out on the wing as fast as possible. They are terribly difficult to feed in captivity so no need to keep these that are strong and healthy any longer than is necessary. If they can find their way to Russia/China, they can easily find their way back to Mooi River from Howick....."

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"Then the FREEME team administered fluids one last time before passing the bird over to be released....."
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1334 on: March 12, 2019, 09:09:13 pm »
The lady with the very white (gray) hair to the right in that picture looks like Wendy White from Bats KZN?
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« Reply #1335 on: March 13, 2019, 08:02:47 am »
The lady with the very white (gray) hair to the right in that picture looks like Wendy White from Bats KZN?

Don't know her, Leon, but it is indeed Wendy from the FB postings
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1336 on: March 13, 2019, 11:28:55 am »
Ah yes, thought I recognized her.
She is very involved in wildlife rehab, especially bats.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1337 on: March 13, 2019, 11:47:20 am »
@Tommy Transalp I see you had hail in Mooi River.

Poor Amur falcons took a knock at their nesting site. Over 1,000 rescued and plenty killed

From FB;

"FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN
20 hrs
KZN Amur Falcon Rescue.

We at FREEME KZN are currently dealing with an emergency situation where hundreds of Amur Falcons have been injured by hail. This occurred at the Mooi River Amur Falcon roosting site last night. We desperately need your assistance to help save and return these birds to the wild. ♥️♥️

We are a registered NPO no. 066/704
and PBO no. 930032928 and rely solely on public funding to do this work for our wildlife.

Banking Details (this account is dedicated to this rescue):
FreeMe KZN
FNB Howick branch
Account number 625 282 27433
Reference: AMUR (your name)"
:thumleft: Also made a small EFT. Thanks for letting us know!
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1338 on: March 24, 2019, 05:39:39 pm »
So Newcastle area also had hail recently and lost around 2,000 Amur falcons.

"Amur Falcon Newcastle rescue update:

As our team prepare to call it a day (a very long, very exhausting day) these are the final numbers:

2000 dead
756 released
85 heading to rehab centres
60 resting overnight on site for potential release tomorrow."
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1339 on: March 24, 2019, 05:43:38 pm »
Some pics from this morning's drive along the Umzimkulu river.

Osprey
Brown snake eagle
Red-billed quelea