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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1180 on: November 29, 2017, 02:18:28 pm »
One for the "twitchers". Lyrics to a song I'm currently working on  :biggrin:
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« Reply #1181 on: November 29, 2017, 04:01:58 pm »
Very true, they are getting a raw deal.
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« Reply #1182 on: November 29, 2017, 04:20:37 pm »
Pied Crows are a menace
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« Reply #1183 on: November 29, 2017, 05:48:49 pm »
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1184 on: December 03, 2017, 04:59:35 pm »
Barbet peering out
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1185 on: December 09, 2017, 08:10:01 am »
Some from our recent visit to Wilderness, Eb an Flow

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« Reply #1186 on: December 09, 2017, 08:13:08 am »
I tried my luck with this little Pied Kingfisher, but she was just to far and to fast. 

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« Reply #1187 on: December 13, 2017, 02:17:11 pm »
Was very lucky this morning, quick drive through our neighbourhood.

Four different raptors in less than an hour.
 

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« Reply #1188 on: December 13, 2017, 02:59:19 pm »
Nice pics Vis Arend! Frank you must have a lot of food for them in your neighbourhood!
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« Reply #1189 on: December 13, 2017, 03:47:48 pm »
Nice pics Vis Arend! Frank you must have a lot of food for them in your neighbourhood!

Particularly lots of monkeys for the Crowned eagle, Tony. I'm just concerned about our pups being taken
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1190 on: December 13, 2017, 04:26:51 pm »
Fanks TtB.

Nice pics frakmac.

Some more from our trip.

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« Reply #1191 on: December 13, 2017, 04:30:05 pm »
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1192 on: January 13, 2018, 01:43:11 pm »
The Honey-guide has been trying all morning to lure the Barbet out its nest in order to foist its eggs onto the host. This Barbet, however, is not falling for that one and the female remains in the nest whilst the male chases off the brood parasite
 

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« Reply #1193 on: January 13, 2018, 02:55:35 pm »
Fanks TtB.

Nice pics frakmac.

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« Reply #1194 on: January 25, 2018, 05:25:27 pm »
I didn't think Kingfishers needed help  :)
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« Reply #1195 on: January 27, 2018, 10:31:32 am »
I didn't think Kingfishers needed help  :)
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1196 on: January 27, 2018, 06:21:54 pm »
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.
 

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« Reply #1197 on: January 27, 2018, 10:06:16 pm »
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.

I'm inclined to agree with you, Tok-tokkie.

I spent some 3 months working in Djibouti where the Indian house crows have taken over. Very little other bird-life there. I had to rescue a night-jar one morning which they'd found and were trying to devour.

Driving through the Karoo, one sees how the crow population has flourished due to road-kill and you would be fortunate to see anything else
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1198 on: January 28, 2018, 07:06:43 am »
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.

I'm inclined to agree with you, Tok-tokkie.

I spent some 3 months working in Djibouti where the Indian house crows have taken over. Very little other bird-life there. I had to rescue a night-jar one morning which they'd found and were trying to devour.

Driving through the Karoo, one sees how the crow population has flourished due to road-kill and you would be fortunate to see anything else
The pied crow problem is human made. The are here because we leave food out for them, especially road-kill. It is simply the way ecology works. To clean up the pied-crows, we first have to clean up our act.
And that, sadly, is not going to happen.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1199 on: March 07, 2018, 11:59:54 am »
Couple of recent ones