SA Rare Bird News Report - 10 May 2021

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Trevor Hardaker

May 10, 2021, 12:00:41 PM5/10/21



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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Monday, 10 May 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, most of the news still revolved around the irruptions of certain species into areas of the province where they don’t normally occur. There were a number of CINNAMON-BREASTED BUNTING records that came through with one in Glencairn Heights on Friday, 3 birds still along the M65 about 300m south of Kommetjie on Friday and Saturday, at least one still at the Steenbras River mouth yesterday, one near Montagu on Saturday and no fewer than 3 pairs along the Voelklip road on the west side of Herolds Bay on Saturday. There were also reports of RED-BILLED QUELEAS with a small group reported at Rondevlei Nature Reserve on Saturday and another group seen near Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay yesterday. Elsewhere, there were still 4 DOUBLE-BANDED COURSERS (2 adults and 2 juveniles) near Moorreesburg at -33.207, 18.517 yesterday, 2 AFRICAN PALM SWIFTS were seen along the coastal path opposite the new harbour in Hermanus late yesterday afternoon and a GOLIATH HERON was found at a private farm dam in Robertson yesterday as well.


Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Garret Skead

Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Hilton Thomson



Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Vincent Ward

Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Rob Bowie



Goliath Heron in Robertson

© Mary Clarke



In the Eastern Cape, a WHITE-BACKED VULTURE was present at Shamwari Private Game Reserve on Saturday and was still there yesterday while at least one HOUSE CROW was still at Klipfontein near Bushmans River on Saturday as well.


The Free State chimed in with a SOUTHERN YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL seen west of Bloemfontein at -29.096, 25.802 on Friday.


Into Gauteng where 2 SOUTHERN BALD IBISES were present in the Wilge River Valley at -25.610, 28.989 yesterday, 2 SWEE WAXBILLS were reported at Rhenosterpoort Private Nature Reserve on Saturday (a great bird for the province!) and there were still a number of SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATERS in the De Tweedespruit Conservancy at -25.581, 28.599 on Saturday as well.


Across in the North-west Province, the LONG-CRESTED EAGLE was still near the Boons turn-off at -25.841, 27.271 on Friday.



House Crow at Klipfontein

© Barry Kurten

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater in the de Tweedespruit Conservancy

© Jéan van Rooyen



Up in Namibia, the popular YELLOW-THROATED LEAFLOVES were still in the gardens of Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge in Katima Mulilo this morning while a wayward AFRICAN CRAKE was found at Brandberg White Lady Lodge yesterday and another AFRICAN CRAKE was found earlier today at Gobabeb Desert Research Station, south-east of Walvis Bay.


Across in Zimbabwe, a well out of range RED-CAPPED ROBIN-CHAT was found this morning at Hippo Pools along the Mazowe River in the Umfurudzi Safari Area about 150km north-east of Harare.


And finally, in Mozambique, there was some excitement when a lone MALAGASY POND HERON was found at Dunes de Dovela on Saturday and was still present in the same area this afternoon while a WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER (and an INDIAN YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS) were seen about 2km offshore at Guinjata Bay on Friday.



African Crake at Brandberg White Lady Lodge

© Karien Coetzee

Red-capped Robin-chat at Hippo Pools

© Tadious Ndadziira



Malagasy Pond Heron at Dunes de Dovela

© Thomas Bruneau



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




Cape Town, South Africa








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