SA Rare Bird News Report - 23 June 2022

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Trevor Hardaker

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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 23 June 2022.

 

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.

 

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 http://groups.google.co.za/group/sa-rarebirdnews

 

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Starting in the Western Cape, Strandfontein Sewage Works still had the AFRICAN JACANA on Pan T1 and numerous FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCKS on Pan P4 yesterday while the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL was also still at Postcard Café in Jonkershoek on Tuesday. Velddrif also remained in the news with the LESSER SAND PLOVER and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE still at Kliphoek Salt Pans on Tuesday and now 2 GREAT EGRETS seen together at De Plaat on Tuesday as well. The young MARABOU STORK was also still at the dump site outside Op die Berg at -33.066, 19.334 yesterday and at least 4 AFRICAN RED-EYED BULBULS were seen just east of Karoopoort at -33.212, 19.724 on Tuesday while there were no fewer than 5 ROSEATE TERNS at Danger Point at -34.631, 19.298 yesterday (please note that one cannot just arrive to access this site and it needs to be pre-arranged). AFRICAN JACANAS were reported on a farm about 10km on the Montagu side of Barrydale on Tuesday and at the dam close to Strawberry Farm in George at -33.962, 22.384 on Tuesday while a SQUACCO HERON was seen this morning near the Brown-hooded Kingfisher Trail in Wilderness at -33.984, 22.649 and at least 2 AFRICAN PIED WAGTAILS held on around the picnic areas along the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday as well.

 

 

African Pied Wagtail at Postcard Café

© Robert Cooper

Marabou Stork near Op die Berg

© Wessel Uys

 

 

Lesser Sand Plover at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© Matthew Orolowitz

Great Egrets at De Plaat

© Matthew Orolowitz

 

 

Roseate Terns at Danger Point

© Matthew Orolowitz

African Jacana near Barrydale

© Gerrit Hattingh

 

 

Roseate Terns at Danger Point

© Stanislav Novotny

 

 

Kwazulu Natal delivered a provincial monster on Tuesday when an ARNOT’S CHAT was found at Manyoni Private Game Reserve. The bird was still present there today which hopefully bodes well for provincial listers wanting to try and make arrangements to twitch the bird. There are only 3 reported records for Arnot's Chat in KZN with only two of those confirmed, a bird in Zinkwazi in July and August 2011 (bird ringed) and a bird seen in Durban North in October 2011 (photos could not confirm that the bird was ringed). There is also an unconfirmed record from near Hluhluwe in March 2013.

 

Gauteng had some birds of local interest on offer with a SICKLE-WINGED CHAT found at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve at -26.512, 28.221 yesterday and several SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATERS still in the gum trees near the picnic site at Marievale Bird Sanctuary yesterday as well.

 

 

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Wade Lee

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Zach Simpson

 

 

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Digby Cyrus

 

 

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Hennie Jordaan

Sickle-winged Chat at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

© Tristan Spurway

 

 

Over in Mpumalanga, the 2 long-staying AFRICAN SKIMMERS were still at Argyle Dam in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve yesterday.

 

Up in Limpopo, a lone young GREATER FLAMINGO was at Tihongonyeni Waterhole in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday.

 

 

African Skimmers in the Timbavati

© Megan Heinamann

Greater Flamingo at Tihongonyeni Waterhole

© Christopher Gregory

 

 

And finally, in Mozambique, both the FRANKLIN’S GULL and HARTLAUB’S GULL were still present earlier today at Costo do Sol in Maputo.

 

 

Hartlaub’s Gull (left bird with wings raised) and Franklin’s Gull (right bird with wings raised) at Costo do Sol

© James Hogg

 

 

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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