S O U T H E R N A F R I C A N R A R E B I R D N E W S R E P O R T
This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 02 September 2021.
Information has been gleaned from various websites, email groups as well as from individual observers who have passed on their sightings. This report cannot be taken as being totally comprehensive as it is based only on information made available at the time of writing. All bird sightings reported here are reported in good faith based on information as provided by the observers. Any inaccuracies are totally unintentional and the writer cannot be held liable for these.
None of the records included in this report have undergone any adjudication process with any of the subregion’s Rarities Committees, so inclusion in this report does not constitute any official confirmation of the particular record. Observers are still encouraged to make the necessary submissions accordingly.
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A quietish few days, but still a few interesting reports coming through…
Starting in the Western Cape, the PINK-BACKED PELICAN was still at Zeekoevlei today, a GOLIATH HERON was reported at Rondevlei Nature Reserve again this morning and the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was also still at the dam at Postcard Café in Stellenbosch this morning as well.
Kwazulu Natal produced a few interesting records with an AYRES’S HAWK EAGLE seen over Mantuma Camp in Mkuze Game Reserve this morning while the reserve also produced a PURPLE ROLLER along the Loop road yesterday. Another AYRES’S HAWK EAGLE was seen over Meerensee in Richard’s Bay on Tuesday while there was also some local excitement down on the South Coast when a DWARF BITTERN was found at Banners Rest in Port Edward on Tuesday.
Ayres’s Hawk Eagle in Richard’s Bay
© Nada Crafford
Purple Roller in Mkuze Game Reserve
© Rowan Bartlett
Dwarf Bittern at Banners Rest
© Lia Steen
Dwarf Bittern at Banners Rest
© Stan Culley
And finally, in Mpumalanga, 2 CASPIAN TERNS were present at Singita Sabi Sand at -24.783, 31.420 on Sunday while a DOUBLE-BANDED COURSER was discovered on a private farm between Standerton and Vrede yesterday.
Double-banded Courser between Standerton and Vrede
© Tobie Pretorius
Caspian Tern at Singita Sabi Sand
© Marc Bowes Taylor
Thank you to all observers who have contributed their records. Please continue to send through any reports of odd birds as well as continued updates on the presence of rarities already previously reported, no matter how mundane you think they may be. Even if you think someone else has probably sent in a report, rather send the report yourself as well. The only way to improve this service and to make it as useful as possible to everyone is if it can be as comprehensive as possible.
Cape Town, South Africa