SA Rare Bird News Report - 18 October 2012

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Trevor Hardaker

Oct 18, 2012, 2:29:03 PM10/18/12
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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 20h30 on Thursday, 18 October 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



Starting in the Western Cape, disappointingly, there has been no further news on the PEL’S FISHING OWL in Newlands since it was last reported on Sunday evening despite a number of people looking for it every night this week so far. But, of particular interest, an extended sea trip from the Tristan archipelago returned to Cape Town last week and recorded 2 WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETRELS between 160 and 190 nautical miles west of the city on Thursday.


Moving into Kwazulu Natal, the 2 BAR-TAILED GODIWTS have remained present throughout this week so far at Midmar Dam.


In Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVERS were still reported as present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on Sunday.


And finally, in Namibia, up to 3 BAILLON’S CRAKES were present at Mariental at a gravel road/causeway crossing the Fish River just down from the Engen Garage on the B1 on Sunday and Monday.



White-bellied Storm Petrels west of Cape Town

© Dominic Rollinson



Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge

© Juan Pinto

Baillon’s Crake at Mariental

© Otto Schmidt



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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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