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Horus swifts

Postby rudi » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:16 am

Hi there

Please can anyone advice me on a good spot near Gauteng for Horus swift sightings for summer..thank you so much....

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby Peregrinedive » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:01 am

Hi Rudi,

I have seen them a few times at Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel. If you enter the reserve and drive all the way round to Shelduck Hide and stop on at the corner of the mine dump closest to the hide where the road bends away from the boundary fence towards the hide.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby rudi » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:30 am

Thank you very much!

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby nkgray » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Abe,

I quite agree. I have had good luck with Horus Swifts there, actually managing photos from the path out to Shelduck Hide itself.

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby WernerVanGoethem » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:03 am

Hi all,

There is only a shell of Shelduck hide left (pardon the pun). Last I heard vagrants had taken the roofing and benches from the hide. Also, rather go over a weekend or in a group as there have been incidents of theft and harassment.

Perhaps join the "Friends of Marievale" FaceBook site for regular updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3216860 ... 7/?fref=ts

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby gordon » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:09 pm

Hi Werner,

So terribly sad and so utterly predictable!

I really feel for the folk trying to maintain Marievale !!

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Re: Horus swifts

Postby nkgray » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:30 am

Werner,

I can only echo Gordon's comments. I regarded Marievale as my "home patch" while still living in SA. I ticked off Black-tailed Godwit, Slaty Egret and Baillon's Crake, among 152 species seen there over some 15 years.

I can only hope that it does not become a completely "no go zone".

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