SA Rare Bird News Report - 21 April 2022

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Trevor Hardaker

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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 21 April 2022.

 

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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Time to catch up on what has happened in the last week and, starting in the Western Cape, there were still a number of FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCKS on Pan P4 at Strandfontein Sewage Works until at least Tuesday whilst an AFRICAN JACANA was also seen there on Pan P2 on Friday. Perhaps the best record was the province’s first ever RED-BREASTED SWALLOW that was found at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve on Sunday afternoon and put in another showing there on Monday afternoon as well, but has not been seen since while the site also produced a small number of FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCKS on Sunday and, close by, 5 AFRICAN PALM SWIFTS were reported in Bloubergstrand at -33.827, 18.483 on Saturday, a couple of individuals were seen at Dolphin Beach Pans on Monday and another singleton was reported at Rietvlei again yesterday afternoon. Yet more AFRICAN PALM SWIFTS were reported at the public swimming pool in Malmesbury yesterday while the Stellenbosch region held on to the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL which was still at the Postcard Café in Jonkershoek this afternoon and also produced a LONG-CRESTED EAGLE on road to Jonkershoek at -33.937, 18.898 on Monday while presumably the same individual was seen over the Postcard Café this afternoon as well.

 

Heading up the west coast, a young WANDERING-type ALBATROSS was found at Jakkelsfontein Private Nature Reserve at -33.413, 18.240 on Friday and taken into care while the Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif also remained very popular with the GULL-BILLED TERN still there today, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES still there yesterday and a PINK-BACKED PELICAN found there on Friday. Two FULVOUS WHISTING DUCKS were also reported at De Plaat in Velddrif on Saturday while, further north, a single AFRICAN PALM SWIFT was present in Vanrhynsdorp on Saturday and the province’s second ever STARK’S LARK was found south of Kliprand at -30.856, 18.716 on Sunday. Heading further east in the province, the FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK was still at Willem Appel Dam in Stanford yesterday, 2 BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATERS were seen along the R317 near Die Dam at -34.740, 19.660 on Saturday, an AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was reported at FoodLovers Market in Knysna on Sunday and 2 CROWNED HORNBILLS were seen along the lagoon edge in Nature’s Valley at -33.978, 23.563 on Tuesday.

 

 

Red-breasted Swallow at Rietvlei

© Dominic Rollinson

Red-breasted Swallow at Rietvlei

© Adam Buckham

 

 

Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Rietvlei

© Marieta Foord

African Palm Swift in Bloubergstrand

© Regard van Dyk

 

 

Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Elmarie Brits

African Jacana at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Elmarie Brits

 

 

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Alice Moller

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Michael McSweeney

 

 

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Pieter Bester

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Pieter Diederichs

 

 

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Gielie Bester

Gull-billed Tern at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Alan Bedford-Shaw

 

 

Pink-backed Pelican at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Martin Vleggaar

Pink-backed Pelican at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Ethan Vleggaar

 

 

Pink-backed Pelican at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Gaynor Donovan

Pink-backed Pelican at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Christine Griffiths

 

 

Red-necked Phalarope at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Daryl de Beer

Red-necked Phalarope at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Gaynor Donovan

 

 

Red-necked Phalarope at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Alan Bedford-Shaw

Red-necked Phalarope at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Michael Heyns

 

 

Red-necked Phalaropes at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Pieter Bester

Wandering-type Albatross at Jakkelsfontein Private Nature Reserve

© David Roberts

 

 

African Pied Wagtail at Postcard Cafe

© Jacques Giliomee

Fulvous Whistling Duck in Stanford

© Riaan Jacobs

 

 

Up in the Northern Cape, a BRONZE-WINGED COURSER was found at Mokala National Park at -29.07, 24.462 on Friday, another BRONZE-WINGED COURSER was found just north of Brandvlei at -30.365, 20.409 on Saturday and a rather lost AFRICAN PYGMY GOOSE was found 4 km south of Nossob Camp at Rooikop waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park last Monday.

 

 

African Pygmy Goose south of Nossob

© Johan Moolman

Bronze-winged Courser in Mokala National Park

© Aubrey Morris

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, there was plenty to keep local listers entertained with a CROWNED CORMORANT seen about 5.5km west of Oyster Bay at -34.183, 24.608 on Monday, the WOODLAND KINGFISHER still at Camdeboo National Park on Saturday, a DUSKY LARK seen less than 2km west of RiverBend Lodge in Addo National Park on Saturday and a GROUNDSCRAPER THRUSH found at RiverBend Lodge in Addo National Park on Friday and still present there on Saturday.

 

 

Dusky Lark in Addo National Park

© Christiaan Viljoen

Groundscraper Thrush in Addo National Park

© Christiaan Viljoen

 

 

Woodland Kingfisher in Camdeboo National Park

© Godfrey Lodge

Crowned Cormorant near Oyster Bay

© Jo Balmer

 

 

The Free State produced yet another SADDLE-BILLED STORK, this time north-east of Wesselsbron at -27.653, 26.568 yesterday.

 

In Mpumalanga, an immature OVAMBO SPARROWHAWK was found near Volksrust at -27.333, 29.866 on Sunday.

 

Up in Limpopo, 3 SADDLE-BILLED STORKS were reported at Vogelfontein on Friday and were seen again there on Monday.

 

And finally, in Namibia, a FRANKLIN’S GULL was found at Cape Cross at -21.771, 13.952 on Saturday.

 

 

Saddle-billed Stork near Wesselsbron

© Shaun McGillewie

Saddle-billed Stork at Vogelfontein

© Mich Veldman

 

 

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.

 

Kind regards

Trevor

 

TREVOR HARDAKER

Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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