Birding Big Day on Africam, Saturday 25 Nov 2006

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Birding Big Day on Africam, Saturday 25 Nov 2006

South Africa’s annual Birding Big Day will be on Saturday 25 Nov 2006. Africam will partake in this event and we ask all africam addicts, bomites and forumites from all over the globe to gather behind your computers and help us ID as many birds as possible.
The cam operators of Nkorho Pan Cam will pay special attention to birds that day and that from 7:00am till 10:00pm.
Come on you africam addicts, all help will be appreciated. Let’s end the day on a grand total.
Here is a great site with sounds captured at Nkorho by Gerda and Katja, to prepare us for the Africam BBD 2006

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Birding Big Day Nkorho Pan SA

25 November 2006

Africam internet birding
In the following list are bird species that could be identified by hearing and/or sighting on the live streaming cam of Nkorho Pan SA on November 25.
All bird names according Roberts VII

Birders from all over the world helped with the identification.

Start : 0.01 am CAT
Finish : 11.59 pm CAT
Total identified species : 41
Not confirmed : 3

1. African Scops Owl - Otus senegalensis -
2. Arrow-marked Babbler - Turdoides jardineii -
3. Black-backed Puffback - Dyroscopus cubla –
4. Black-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegalus -
5. Black-headed Oriole - Oriolus larvatus -
6. Brown-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra australis -
7. Brown-hooded Kingfisher - Halcyon albiventris -
8. Burchell’s Coucal - Centropus burchelli -
9. Burchell’s Starling - Lamprotornis australis -
10. Brubru - Nilaus afer -
11. Cape Turtle Dove - Streptopelia capicola -
12. Coqui Francolin - Peliperdix coqui -
13. Crested Barbet - Trachyphonus vaillanti -
14. Crested Francolin - Dendroperdix sephaena –
15. Chin-spot Batis - Batis molitor -
16. Dark-capped Bulbul - Picnonotus tricolour -
17. Diderick Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx caprius -
18. Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca -
19. Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove - Turtur chalcospilos -
20. Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis -
21. Greater blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybacus -
22. Green Wood-Hoopoe - Phoeniculus purpureus -
23. Grey-go-away Bird - Corythaixoides concolor -
24. Grey-headed Bush Shrike - Malaconutus blanchoti -
25. Hadeda Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash -
26. Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta -
27. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus -
28. Lesser-striped Swallow - Hirundo abissinica -
29. Levaillant’s Cuckoo - Clamator levaillantii -
30. Natal Spurfowl - Pternistis natalensis -
31. Orange-breasted Bush Shrike - Telophorus sulfureopectus -
32. Rattling Cisticola - Cisticola chiniana -
33. Red-billed Hornbill - Tockus erythrorhynchus -
34. Red-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus erythrohynchus -
35. Red-breasted Swallow - Hirundo semirufa -
36. Red–chested Cuckoo - Cuculus solitarius -
37. Southern Black Tit - Parus niger -
38. Tawney-flanked Prinia - Prinia subflava -
39. White-bellied Sunbird - Cinnyris talatala -
40. White-browed Scrub Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys -
41. Woodland Kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis -

1. African Golden Oriole - Oriolus auratus -
2. Amethyst Sunbird - Chalcomitra amethystine -
3. Masked Weaver - Ploceus velatus –

Thanks to all for your help to make this day a Big day !!!!

katja's picture
Joined: Feb 17 2006

Now I am really curious.
What's the story? Eye-wink

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Joined: Feb 17 2006

Ursula wrote:
No ice coffee allowed, thou!

Oh, Ursula, please don't tell that iced coffee story here??? aarrgghh
I beg you...hehe please don't? :oops: (Or you will never see me again, lol lol )

That was all the result of the excitement of my very first day in the African Bush and meeting you face-to-face for the first time!!!!!!!!!!! (Starting with the coffee at 04h30 at your hotel. lol )

It's a beautiful day here and it is high noon, time to grab my Sonys and try to get some good local pictures. Cool

see you all later...

Ursula's picture
Joined: Feb 18 2006

Most interesting hints to remember the bird's sounds, thanks!
Elaine, no storks here anymore, they all have flown (?) to Africa! I wish I could have joined them... When do you plan your next Africa trip, Lainie? We should meet ikati and Penny at least! Let me know, please! No ice coffee allowed, thou!


Nkosi sikelel' iAfrica (National Hymn of SA)

God bless Africa!

cerinthe's picture
Joined: Oct 16 2005

some more

- Burchell's coucal --emptying bottle (gluck gluckgluckgluck)
-white-bellied sunbird - chuee-chuee-chuee-trrrrrrrrrrrr, repeated
-Brubru - short low thrill
-Fork-tailed drongo -photocamera shutter
-Crested barbet - long trrrrrr ticking like
-Tawnyflanked prinia - sksksksksksks skkkkk

katja's picture
Joined: Feb 17 2006

Some obvious ones:

Grey go-away-bird: g'way
Hadeda Ibis: ha-de-dah
Hoopoe: hoop-hoop


cerinthe's picture
Joined: Oct 16 2005

To make birdsound easier to ID:

cape turtle dove - work harder, work harder (drink harder, drink harder - that's what the Scots hear)
chin spot batis - three blind mice
diederick cuckoo - dee dee deederik
fiery-necked nightjar - god deliver us
grey headed bushshrike - is called ghostbird because of the ghostlike sound it makes, some ppl hear a squeaking gate in it
orange-breasted bushshrike - coffe, tea or me
scops owl - proop

Does anyone have more sounds that can be set to words? Please let me know or just add it

Elaine's picture
Joined: Feb 17 2006

"[=18 wrote:
Elaine,[/size] it was not me to whom you gave half the book, LOL!

Hi Ursula...

As i recall, when in Pilanesberg with you and BushWacker, i still had one whole book . (hehe)

I hope all is well by the lake..and in the new house. Have any storks nested on it since you built it?

Ursula's picture
Joined: Feb 18 2006

I use Newman's "Birds of Southern Africa", very good too. Useful is the index of Afrikaan's and German names.

Elaine, it was not me to whom you gave half the book, LOL!

Landi, may I ask where in Mpumalange you live?


Nkosi sikelel' iAfrica (National Hymn of SA)

God bless Africa!

cerinthe's picture
Joined: Oct 16 2005

Thanks for the info Landi, for a moment I thought I had it all wrong. The drawings of the birds in Robert's are just the best, that is the old Roberts, I have not seen the new one yet. As a collector of books Eye-wink Puzzled I will buy it sooner or later, it's just one of those 'must-have' books.
Any other birdbooks anybody can recommend?

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