SA Rare Bird News Report - 29 July 2021

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Trevor Hardaker

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Jul 29, 2021, 12:00:42 PM7/29/21
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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 29 July 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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Another rather quiet few days have passed with not too much rarity action to report on…

 

Staring in the Western Cape, it was all about lingerers with the AFRICAN PALM SWIFT still at Paardevlei near The Strand this afternoon, the AFRICAN FINFOOT still present along Breede River outside Robertson at -33.823, 19.866 yesterday, 3 KNOB-BILLED DUCKS still present near Voelvlei at -34.253, 21.876 on Tuesday and at least 2 AFRICAN PIED WAGTAILS still around the ferry launches on the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday as well.

 

 

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Mary Clarke

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Jenny Wentzel

 

 

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Stanislav Novotny

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Kevin Drummond-Hay

 

 

Knob-billed Duck near Voelvlei

© Amanda Walden

Knob-billed Duck near Voelvlei

© Regard van Dyk

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, a group of GREATER FLAMINGOS were seen at Kei Mouth this afternoon, a pretty unusual sight in this part of the country.

 

 

Greater Flamingos at Kei Mouth

© Gareth Yearsley

 

 

The only other reports come from Kwazulu Natal where a LARGE-BILLED LARK was reported at Spioenkop Dam at -28.696, 29.495 on Saturday and was still there on Monday while the CAPPED WHEATEAR was also still at Thurlow Game Reserve until at least Tuesday and a single BLACK-NECKED GREBE was also found there on Sunday in the bird bay below the steep hill.

 

 

Capped Wheatear at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Robert Graham

Black-necked Grebe at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Ingrid Weiersbye

 

 

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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