SA Rare Bird News Report - 14 June 2021

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Trevor Hardaker

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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Monday, 14 June 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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Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Hout Bay on Saturday delivered a SPECTACLED PETREL again while the 2 KNOB-BILLED DUCKS were back on Pan P1 at Strandfontein Sewage Works on Friday and then moved again to the Winterbottom hide at Rondevlei Nature Reserve on Saturday. Close by, the male DUSKY SUNBIRD was still just east of Strandfontein Pavilion yesterday and a GOLIATH HERON was seen at the eastern end of Peninsula Road at Zeekoeivlei yesterday as well. Up on the west coast, the long staying RED-NECKED PHALAROPE remained in place at Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif this morning. Moving eastwards, an AFRICAN CRAKE was found along the Swartrivier Road at – 34.259, 19.225 yesterday while at least 4 ROSEATE TERNS were still offshore of Pearly Beach yesterday and another 6 ROSEATE TERNS were also enjoyed on the rocks in Kleinbaai harbour yesterday as well. Over on the Garden Route, the GREAT EGRET was still at Sedgefield Lagoon on Friday, a GOLIATH HERON was seen in Montage Village in Sedgefield again on Thursday afternoon, the 4 AFRICAN PIED WAGTAILS were still around the ferry jetties on the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay until at least Thursday while there was also some local excitement when 3 CROWNED HORNBILLS were found at Forest Hall Estate, between Plettenberg Bay and Natures Valley, on Friday.

 

 

Spectacled Petrel on pelagic trip

© Trevor Hardaker

Spectacled Petrel on pelagic trip

© Robert Cooper

 

 

Knob-billed Ducks at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Graham Pringle

Knob-billed Ducks at Rondevlei Nature Reserve

© Alex Aitkenhead

 

 

Dusky Sunbird near Strandfontein Pavilion

© Rob Bowie

African Crake along the Swartrivier Road

© Johan van der Westhuizen

 

 

Roseate Tern at Kleinbaai harbour

© Dana Goldberg

Goliath Heron at Montage Village

© Joy Herbst

 

 

African Pied Wagtail along the Keurbooms River

© Neil Ebedes

Crowned Hornbills at Forest Hall Estate

© Matthew Zylstra

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, Cape Recife was still attracting attention with both the LESSER NODDY and LITTLE BEE-EATER still being reported from there until at least Friday while 2 HOUSE CROWS were also seen there on Saturday. Elsewhere, the GREEN-BACKED (STRIATED) HERON was still at Kings Court Dam in Buffelsfontein Road in Port Elizabeth earlier today. Other good provincial records included 3 SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATERS found this morning in Middelburg and 2 ABDIM’S STORKS reported from Grassridge farm, about 50km north of Cradock, on Friday.

 

 

Little Bee-eater at Cape Recife

© Rob Boyd

Little Bee-eater at Cape Recife

© Patrick Killian

 

 

Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters in Middelburg

© Tino Herselman

Green-backed (Striated) Heron at Kings Court Dam

© Wilma Meiring

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, the BLUE KORHAAN remained in place in the grasslands south of Midmar Dam yesterday and there was also some local excitement when a juvenile PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK was found at Thurlow on Friday (and was still there on Saturday).

 

Across in the Free State, a SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATER was reported west of the Vaal Dam at -27.042, 28.006 on Saturday.

 

And finally, in Mpumalanga, 2 AFRICAN SKIMMERS were still present at Mjejane Dam on Mjejane Game Reserve earlier today and were also distantly visible through a scope from Marloth Park at -25.398, 31.748.

 

 

Pale Chanting Goshawk at Thurlow

© Sydney Baillon

African Skimmers at Mjejane Dam

© Mario Paul

 

 

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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