SA Rare Bird News Report - 08 July 2019

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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 20h00 on Monday, 08 July 2019.

 

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, a pelagic trip out of Simon's Town yesterday turned up both a SOUTHERN FULMAR and a WANDERING ALBATROSS while there was some surprize when a male DUSKY SUNBIRD was seen in a garden in Newlands yesterday as well (and still visiting the garden today too). Elsewhere, lingering rarities included the AFRICAN JACANA still at Strandfontein Sewage Works yesterday, the other AFRICAN JACANA still at Dolphin Beach Pans on Saturday, the RED-BILLED OXPECKER still at Koeberg Nature Reserve yesterday, both WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATERS still at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty's Bay yesterday and the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE still at Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif on Saturday while, over on the Garden Route, a GOLIATH HERON was seen in Montage Village in Sedgefield on Friday and at least one AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was still around the angling jetty on the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay earlier today.

 

 

Dusky Sunbird in Newlands

© Otto Schmidt

African Jacana at Dolphin Beach Pans

© Trevor Hardaker

 

 

White-fronted Bee-eater at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

© Nick Fordyce

White-fronted Bee-eater at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

© Tony Kent

 

 

White-fronted Bee-eater at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

© Rob Bowie

Goliath Heron in Sedgefield

© Joy Herbst

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, the PALM-NUT VULTURE was still around Schoenmakerskop on Saturday, initially seen flying over Kini Bay and then, later, back feeding on the seal carcass in Periwinkle Lane in Schoenmakerskop. Elsewhere, a single TEMMINCK'S COURSER seen at Cutwini on the Wild Coast on Saturday was also an interesting find while a male BATELEUR was reported earlier today along the R72 about 11km on the Port Elizabeth side of Alexandria.

 

 

Palm-nut Vulture at Schoenmakerskop

© Marie Delport

Palm-nut Vulture at Schoenmakerskop

© Jorrie Jordaan

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, perhaps the biggest provincial news was the discovery of a single ROSEATE TERN that paid a brief visit to the Mfolozi estuary at St Lucia at -28.390, 32.424 this morning. Unfortunately, it was chased off by the other Terns there before too long and was not seen again. Staying in St Lucia, there were also still several CHESTNUT-BANDED PLOVERS at the St Lucia estuary earlier today while there was also some surprize when an EASTERN BRONZE-NAPED PIGEON was found along the Igwala Gwala trail in St Lucia yesterday. News has also filtered through that the MALAGASY POND HERON was seen again yesterday at Reed Pond on the Mziki Concession at Phinda Private Game Reserve, this being the third successive season that it has now returned to this site.

Over in Mpumalanga, there was some local excitement when at least 3 LESSER JACANAS were found at Dam 3 above the farmhouse on Middelpunt farm in Dullstroom on Friday. The birds remained throughout the weekend and were still present there earlier today. Elsewhere, a WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER was seen 20km south of Timbavati picnic site along the S39 in the Kruger National Park on Saturday.

 

Up in Limpopo, a pair of RED-HEADED FINCHES were seen in the Makuleke Concession near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park yesterday.

 

And finally, in Namibia, the YELLOW-THROATED LEAFLOVES were still in the gardens of Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge in Katima Mulilo on Saturday.

 

 

Roseate Tern at St Lucia

© Marco Franchini

Chestnut-banded Plover at St Lucia

© Marco Franchini

 

 

Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon at St Lucia

© Lindsay Mandy

White-browed Sparrow-weaver along the S39

© Ard van de Wetering

 

 

Lesser Jacanas on Middelpunt farm

© Sean Naude

Lesser Jacanas on Middelpunt farm

© George Skinner

 

 

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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