Slaty Egret

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10 years 3 months ago #5362 by Hanno Pretorius
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I wish to request a discussion based around Slaty Egret sightings in South Africa.
I have read numerous reports about Slaty Egret sightings at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.
Where in South Africa have these egrets been sighted and is it normal for them to venture so far South?

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10 years 3 months ago #5363 by gordon
gordon replied the topic: Re: Slaty Egret
Hi Hanno,

I have missed seeing the Slaty at Marievale more than 10 times now. I always seem to arrive just after the someone else has seen the bird.

There is a reserve to the west of Johannesburg where it was seen about 1 1/2 years ago and it has also been seen at Nylsvlei though not recently?

Has anyone else got information?

Cheers,
Gordon

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10 years 3 months ago #5372 by Doug
Doug replied the topic:
Not in SA but Mark paxton reported large numbers of them in the Caprivi.

I also know there was a birds that caused a heated debate and turned out to be a juvenile Slaty Egret in the western cape.

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Doug

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10 years 3 months ago #5467 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: Slaty spots
Other spots where Slaty Egret has been sighted in recent years include:
Roets Dam on the Zaagkuildrift, north of Pretoria, 18 Feb 07
Rust de Winter
Marievale Bird Sanctuary
Interesting fact: According to Roberts Birds of South Africa 4th ED, 3rd impression, this species was originally described from Potchefstroom!

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10 years 2 months ago #5585 by André
André replied the topic:
Hi Hanno,
Slaty Egret sightings seem to take place mainly in summer after good rains. The Rust de Winter sighting took place during the Greater Frigatebird spectacle a few years back and there have also been sightings at Elandsvlei (Bapsfontein) and at Onderstepoort in recent years. In each instance the bird stayed at the locality for a few days, so keep your eyes and ears open for records and then move quickly!

Regards,
André

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10 years 2 months ago #5603 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: Thanks Andre
Thanks Andre,
Very interesting indeed. I'm glad to hear that most sightings seem to have been near Pretoria (where I live!)

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10 years 2 months ago #5697 by mountainview
mountainview replied the topic:
Hi Guys

I noticed this posting on SANParks website:

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5 days ago! Well the birds could be anywhere in the Blesbok spruit system by now.

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10 years 2 months ago #5698 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: Thanks for the tip-off
Nice one...very tempting to go try my luck...but no time!!!

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8 years 9 months ago #10310 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Slaty Egret
Slaty Egret has been hanging around Mkhombo Dam NR, went this last Sunday...But couldnt find him!!........Still got quite a few lifers though! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

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