SA Rare Bird News Report - 09 March 2009

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Trevor Hardaker

Mar 9, 2009, 4:02:15 PM3/9/09
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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 22h00 on Monday, 09 March 2009. 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. For those who may have only joined the group recently and are interested, previous reports can be viewed at



Reports have been a little sparse in the last few days, but in Kwazulu Natal, the continued presence of at least one EUROPEAN OYSTERCATCHER was confirmed on Friday at the mouth of the Mfolozi River near St. Lucia whilst last week, there were also two regional oddities recorded at Phinda Game Reserve in the form of a YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP and a DUSKY LARK.


In Mpumalanga, there was some excitement on Friday when a male STRIPED CRAKE was seen on a temporary water pool in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve with 3 chicks present as well.


Striped Crake at Sabi Sands Game Reserve © Neil Whyte


Of unknown origin, and presumed to be an escapee, the male ROSY-BILLED POCHARD first located at Rooiwal Sewage Works in Gauteng on 20 February 2009 was still present there yesterday..


Rosy-billed Pochard at Rooiwal Sewage Works © Gina Wilgenbus


Additional photos of a number of rarities can be viewed in the rarities gallery on


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





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