Birds, Kruger National Park

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  • eagle owl!
    eagle owl!
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    Birds in their nests
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    my fav blue bird!
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    Fish Eagle

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 11, 2016

    These Eagles have a look very similar to the American Bald Eagle. They are known as fish eagles because there primary food source is fish and they will sit on a treetop waiting for a fish to come close to the surface and then swoop down and snatch it.

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    Vultures

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 11, 2016

    Another very common sight in Kruger are vultures, they can be found anywhere there is kill to be devoured or when there is not. You will see them gather like this on bare treetops looking for there next meal.

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    A solitary Vulture

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 11, 2016

    Here is a closer view of what must be one of the ugliest animals on the planet. This solitary vulture sits on the dead branch of the tree looking for its next meal, there are one of the most common birds and also one of the ugliest.

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    Egret

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 10, 2016

    Egrets are common in the park as they are elsewhere in the world where there are water sources to support them. they can be found along river and stream beds throughout Kruger National Park and nearby.

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    Yellow Billed Horn bill

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 10, 2016

    Although not quite as dramatic as Asian hornbills, the yellow bill hornbill is easily recognizable by its big yellow bill. They are found mostly in Southern Africa and prefer open savannas to wooded areas.

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    Stork

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 10, 2016

    Numerous Stork species migrate from Europe to Africa, the most common being the Marbou stork which can be found throughout the continent but whose range is limited to sub Saharan Africa. They can be spotted on poles or anywhere there is garbage or the remains of fresh kill.

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    Ducks

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 10, 2016

    Egyptian Ducks are quite common in Kruger park and throughout Africa. They can easily be distuingshed by the distinctive red patch over there eyes. Strictly speaking these are geese but they are commonly referred to as Ducks.

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    Bird-watching

    by MM212 Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    When I was planning the safari in South Africa, I was mainly thinking "animals", so I was pleasantly surprised and quite fascinated by the enormous number of bird species we encountered. Many of them were migratory birds spending the season in South Africa and had flown from as far north as northern Europe to escape from the dark winter. We saw more bird species than I was able to photograph (the noise of the jeep often scared them away before we reached photographing distance), but those I was lucky enough to capture can be seen in the two travelogues: "Birds I" and "Birds II".

    Lilac Breasted Roller, Dec 2013
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    Our feathered friends!

    by vpas Written Jun 4, 2013

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    There are so many beautiful birds to be seen in Kruger. While getting excited about the animals we were equally thrilled to see so many colourful birds. We spotted the Great African Vulture, Eagle owl, Lilac breasted Roller, A bird that had 2 shades of blue whose name I do not know, Pelicans of some kind, and many others whose name we did not know but they were very pretty!

    Birds in their nests the great african vulture! eagle owl! my fav blue bird!
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    Look out for Kruger's interesting birds

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 27, 2009

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    In addition to its large game animals, Kruger is also the home to a lot of interesting and photogenic bird species. These include eagles, spoonbills, storks, rollers, owls, cormorants, haws, and plovers. The biggest challenge is photographing them, since they are moving through the air when you spot them.

    Of the birds that we saw in Kruger, our favorites were the marabou stork, lilac-breasted roller, and fish eagle.

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    Bee Eaters

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    These colorful birds are bee eaters. The park is full of exotic and coloful birds, Unfortunately the safari group was primarily interested in the big mammals and we did not stop for many of these birds

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    Birds - During the Night

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 17, 2005

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    I can only recommend a night drive that is offered by the various camps, since one has the option to see a lot more of the game that is only active at night, such as the owl spotted in the early evening.

    Owl during the night
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    Keep noise levels down!!! Shhhhh...

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Be VERY quiet in bird hides. If there is a noise, this will unsettle the animals and birds and they will move on, away from your view!

    Most hides are made of timber, too... so you should even walk as quietly as possible. Be considerate... and as quiet as possible.

    Address: Throughout the KNP

    Directions: Throughout the KNP

    Phone: +27 (21) 424 1037

    Website: http://www.krugerpark.org/

    Keep quiet in the hide...
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    Being considerate at watering holes...

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    When you arrive at a waterhole, if there are quite a few cars there already, it might be because one of the Big 5 has been spotted there. If you cant see anything, drive on. Traffic jams are not a good idea as most of the roads are very narrow.

    Address: Throughout the KNP

    Directions: Throughout the KNP

    Phone: +27 (21) 424 1037

    Website: http://www.krugerpark.org/

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    Bird hides

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Whenever you see a sign pointing to a bird hide... take that dusty road! There will be superb birds to view, plus other wildlife too... probably some crocodiles and hippos too. This is because the hides are usually near water holes.

    Address: Bird hides throughout the KNP

    Directions: Bird hides throughout the KNP

    Phone: +27 (21) 424 1037

    Website: http://www.krugerpark.org/

    Quietly waiting and watching...
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