SA Rare Bird News Report - 03 August 2021

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Trevor Hardaker

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Aug 3, 2021, 7:31:05 AM8/3/21
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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 13h30 on Tuesday, 03 August 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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Thankfully, my computer has been repaired and is back with me again, so I can now quickly catch up on what has been happening in the last few days…

 

Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Hout Bay on Saturday turned up no fewer than 3 NORTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSSES as well as a SPECTACLED PETREL to keep everyone on board entertained. Elsewhere, the FAIRY FLYCATCHER was still in the thickets around the restaurant at Cape Point on Sunday, a single RED-BILLED QUELEA was seen on a garden feeder in Pinelands on Sunday, another FAIRY FLYCATCHER was found in Loevenstein in Bellville at -33.88, 18.612 on Friday and was still there on Saturday and the out of range CRESTED BARBET was seen again in a private garden in Durbanville on Friday as well. The 2 DOUBLE-BANDED COURSERS continued on near Moorreesburg at -33.193, 18.507 on Sunday while AFRICAN RED-EYED BULBULS continue to turn up in odd places with one seen in Citrusdal yesterday and 2 birds seen together in Ceres at -33.363, 19.300 on Sunday. The lone female AFRICAN FINFOOT was still around bridge over the Breede River just outside Robertson at -33.823, 19.866 yesterday while, in the Overberg, 3 KNOB-BILLED DUCKS were found in the channel leading into Voelvlei near Black Oystercatcher Wines at -34.648, 19.886 on Saturday.

 

Over on the Garden Route, the 3 KNOB-BILLED DUCKS were still near Voelvlei at -34.256, 21.870 on Saturday, a WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATER was seen north of Uniondale at -33.456, 23.112 on Saturday, a GOLDEN-BREASTED BUNTING was found inland of George at -33.936, 22.436 yesterday and the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was still present at the picnic site on the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay yesterday as well.

 

 

Northern Royal Albatross on pelagic trip

© Trygve Hvidsten

Northern Royal Albatross on pelagic trip

© Trevor Hardaker

 

 

Spectacled Petrel on pelagic trip

© Trygve Hvidsten

Spectacled Petrel on pelagic trip

© Trevor Hardaker

 

 

Fairy Flycatcher at Cape Point

© Robert Cooper

Red-billed Quelea in Pinelands

© Lawrie Wilkin

 

 

Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Melanie Cornelius

Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Candice Panthera

 

 

Double-banded Courser near Moorreesburg

© Gerald Wingate

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Cathy Kent

 

 

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Garret Skead

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Jacques Giliomee

 

 

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Robyn Kadis

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Elmarie Brits

 

 

African Finfoot in Robertson

© John Graham

African Finfoot in Robertson

© Nick Fordyce

 

 

African Red-eyed Bulbul in Citrusdal

© Sue Collins

African Red-eyed Bulbul in Ceres

© Wessel Uys

 

 

Knob-billed Ducks at Voevlei near Bredasdorp

© Sharon Brink

 

 

Up in the Northern Cape, a LAPPET-FACED VULTURE was seen at a sheep carcass south of Victoria West at -31.532, 23.074 on Friday.

 

In the Eastern Cape, a GREAT WHITE PELICAN was spotted at Kleinemonde at -33.535, 27.042 on Saturday and was still there this morning.

 

 

Great White Pelican at Kleinemonde

© Charl Durand

Great White Pelican at Kleinemonde

© Denise Hoffman

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, local birders have had plenty to keep them entertained over the last few days. An AYRES’S HAWK EAGLE was seen over Bellair in Durban yesterday, a BLACK-NECKED GREBE was found at Tala Game Reserve at the first dam at the gate on Saturday and was still there on Sunday, the CAPPED WHEATEAR was still on view at Thurlow Game Reserve this morning while the BLACK-NECKED GREBE was also still at Thurlow Game Reserve until at least Sunday as well. Just a bit south of Midmar Dam near Mpophomeni, the BLUE KORHAAN was still present at -29.558, 30.155 on Saturday and a juvenile PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK was relocated not too far away at -29.56, 30.13 on Saturday and was still there on Sunday. Elsewhere, the GREATER KESTREL was still at Mount Verde Estate in Hilton on Saturday, 2 AFRICAN CRAKES were present in the grasslands at Zini River Estate at -28.936, 31.775 on Sunday and another AFRICAN CRAKE was reported at Umgavusa Dam in Fairbreeze yesterday while a LESSER MOORHEN was seen at the pans just south of Mission Rocks in iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Thursday and 2 birds were still present there on Sunday.

 

 

Ayres’s Hawk Eagle over Bellair

© Rowan Bartlett

Black-necked Grebe at Tala Game Reserve

© Craig Marwick

 

 

Black-necked Grebe at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Zach Simpson

Black-necked Grebe at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Roger Hogg

 

 

Capped Wheatear at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Liam O’Connor

Capped Wheatear at Thurlow Game Reserve

© Roger Hogg

 

 

Blue Korhaan south of Midmar Dam

© Zach Simpson

Blue Korhaan south of Midmar Dam

© Liam O’Connor

 

 

Blue Korhaan south of Midmar Dam

© Roger Hogg

 

 

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Dave Hanbury

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© David Hoddinott

 

 

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Bart Fokkens

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Decklan Jordaan

 

 

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Liam O’Connor

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Roger Hogg

 

 

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Mike Croesser

Pale Chanting Goshawk south of Midmar Dam

© Zach Simpson

 

 

Greater Kestrel at Mount Verde Estate

© Zach Simpson

Greater Kestrel at Mount Verde Estate

© Roger Hogg

 

 

Up in Namibia, 2 RED-HEADED WEAVERS were seen along the Khan River near Usakos on Saturday while there seems to be a slightly easterly displacement of KAROO THRUSHES at the moment with one seen in the gardens of Palm Garden in Swakopmund on Saturday and another seen in a private garden in Kramersdorf in Walvis Bay on Sunday.

 

And finally, in Mozambique, it was all happening on the San Sebastian Peninsula near Vilanculous with 4 SAUNDERS’S TERNS, 106 DAMARA TERNS, 5 ROSEATE TERNS and 45 CRAB PLOVERS seen there on Sunday and a single SOOTY TERN also seen there on Friday.

 

 

Karoo Chat in Swakopmund

© Marius van Breda

Roseate Tern on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Paul Funston

 

 

Saunders’s Tern on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Paul Funston

Saunders’s Tern on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Etienne Marais

 

 

Damara Terns on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Paul Funston

 

 

Sooty Tern on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Paul Funston

Crab Plover on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Paul Funston

 

 

Crab Plovers on the San Sebastian Peninsula

© Etienne Marais

 

 

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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Trevor Hardaker

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Aug 3, 2021, 7:54:43 AM8/3/21
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Hi everyone,

 

Sorry, I am obviously trying to do too much too quickly…L

 

The bird labelled in the report as a Karoo Chat in Swakopmund is obviously, as per the actual text of the report, a Karoo Thrush. Sorry about that…!

 

 

Kind regards

Trevor

 

 

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