SA Rare Bird News Report - 19 April 2012

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Trevor Hardaker

Apr 19, 2012, 3:00:05 PM4/19/12
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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 21h00 on Thursday, 19 April 2012. 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 in finding out what has been seen in the past, previous reports can be viewed at



After all the excitement of the last few weeks, it has really quietened down a lot in the last few days…


Starting in the Western Cape, the only news is that it seems that the long-staying and very popular SOOTY FALCON has now packed its bags as well! It was last seen on Monday and has left a number of twitchers disappointed who have subsequently searched for it without success.


In the Eastern Cape, a VERREAUX’S EAGLE OWL has, once again, been reported from the King Williamstown area where it visited a large Pine tree in a garden last night.


Moving into Kwazulu Natal, a slightly out of range RED-HEADED QUELEA was reported on Tuesday along the road that leads from Ulundi to the Cengeni gate into the Umfolozi Game Reserve.


And, finally, in Namibia, the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still entertaining birders at Mile 4 Salt Works near Swakopmund.



Red-headed Quelea near Umfolozi Game Reserve

© John Cox

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Swakopmund

© Sean Braine



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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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