SA Rare Bird News Report - 01 April 2021

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Trevor Hardaker

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S O U T H E R N   A F R I C A N   R A R E   B I R D   N E W S   R E P O R T

 

 

 

This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 01 April 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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The number of scarcity reports coming through is certainly getting less which probably indicates that a number of these birds are already back on their way north. Here are just the few received in the last few days…

 

EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD:

 

·         One at Zwartkop Golf Estate in Centurion (Gauteng) on Tuesday.

·         One at Casa de Cocos in Coconut Bay (Mozambique) on Tuesday.

 

 

European Honey Buzzard at Casa de Cocos

© Gary Rowan

European Honey Buzzard at Zwartkop Golf Estate

© Rob Cliff

 

 

On to the rest of the rarity news and, starting in the Western Cape, a BROWN SNAKE EAGLE was found in Kloof Road in Stellenbosch on Tuesday while, up on the west coast, the AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and GOLIATH HERON were still at Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif this afternoon. Moving eastwards, a EUROPEAN ROLLER was reported this afternoon along the road between Malgas and Infanta and, over on the Garden Route, an ABDIM’S STORK was seen flying over Cairnbrougie farm on the Plett Airport Road in the direction of Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday, the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was still along the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay yesterday and another AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was still on Thesen Island in Knysna around the SAN Parks Offices earlier this afternoon.

 

 

Brown Snake Eagle in Stellenbosch

© Michael Manzoni

African Pied Wagtail in Plettenberg Bay

© Pieter Schoeman

 

 

Up in the Northern Cape, 3 CUT-THROAT FINCHES were seen at Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on Monday while a GREY-HEADED KINGFISHER was found 12km east of Olifantshoek this afternoon.

 

 

Cut-throat Finch at Twee Rivieren

© Su-Marie Steyl

Grey-headed Kingfisher east of Olifantshoek

© Craig Widdows

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, the mega SOOTY GULL remained on at the Sundays River mouth near Colchester today while, close by, there were also still several BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATERS present in Colchester itself as well. There was also some local excitement when a BRONZE-WINGED COURSER was found in Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve, just outside Queenstown, at -31.882, 26.846 last night.

 

 

Sooty Gull at the Sundays River mouth

© Steven King

Bronze-winged Courser at Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve

© Gill Mager

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, a number of twitchers were relieved to hear that the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was back at Mpempe Pan again on Tuesday after a little hiatus and it was still showing well there this afternoon along with a LESSER GREY SHRIKE. Also of interest, 2 BRONZE-WINGED COURSERS were found in the sugar cane fields behind Umdloti at -29.657, 31.117 last night as well.

 

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Mpempe Pan

© Mike Buckham

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Mpempe Pan

© Adam Buckham

 

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Mpempe Pan

© Richard McKibben

Bronze-winged Coursers near Umdloti

© Greg Veale

 

 

In Gauteng, a single WHITE-BACKED VULTURE was seen with Cape Vultures at Nooitgedacht Farm on top of the Magaliesberg in the Hekpoort area on Tuesday while, also of local interest, a SLATY EGRET was found this morning at Hadeda hide at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.

 

Mpumalanga delivered a LONG-CRESTED EAGLE seen about 5km south of Kumana Dam in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday.

 

 

White-backed Vulture (centre) in the Hekpoort area

© Andrew Keys

Long-crested Eagle south of Kumana Dam

© Ard van de Wetering

 

 

Slaty Egret at Marievale Bird Sanctuary

© David Broom

 

 

Up in Limpopo, at least one BLACK COUCAL was still at Zelati Safari Lodge today and the CAPPED WHEATEAR was also still present in the Harmony block area at -24,095, 30,479 yesterday while other exciting news received was of a STRIPED CRAKE with 3 chicks at the bird hide in the western part of Mapungubwe National Park seen on 23 and 24 March, another exciting breeding record in the country of this species.

 

And finally, in Namibia, a single RED-BILLED OXPECKER was found on the farm Krumhuk, about 25km south of Windhoek, on Tuesday, well out of range for this species.

 

 

Striped Crake at Mapungubwe National Park

© Kim Porteous

Striped Crake chicks at Mapungubwe National Park

© Kim Porteous

 

 

Black Coucal at Zelati Safari Lodge

© Hannes Swanepoel

 

 

Capped Wheatear in the Harmony block

© Hannes Swanepoel

Red-billed Oxpecker south of Windhoek

© Dirk Bockmühl

 

 

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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