SA Rare Bird News Report - 21 October 2021

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This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 21 October 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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Just a few scarcity reports to start with…

 

EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD:

 

·         One at Finfoot Lake Reserve on Vaalkop Dam (North-west Province) yesterday.

 

GREEN SANDPIPER:

 

·         One at Duba Plains (Botswana) at -19.020, 22.697 on Tuesday.

 

On to the rest of the news and, starting in the Western Cape, one PINK-BACKED PELICAN was still on Pan P2 at Strandfontein Sewage Works yesterday, no less than 12 KNOB-BILLED DUCKS held on about 15km south of Bredasdorp at -34.649, 20.074 this morning and the AFRICAN JACANA remained in place at Hartenbos Sewage Works at -34.109, 22.105 until at least Tuesday.

 

 

Pink-backed Pelican at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Dana Goldberg

African Jacana at Hartenbos Sewage Works

© Regard van Dyk

 

 

In the Eastern Cape, a single BLACK HERON and a single AFRICAN PYGMY GOOOSE were both reported at Cintsa East Dam, near East London, on Tuesday while 2 HOUSE CROWS were reported this afternoon along Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth just beyond Campus Key.

 

 

African Pygmy Goose at Cintsa East Dam

© Foden Saunders

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, a juvenile LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE was reported on a farm just outside Wartburg yesterday, a BLACK HERON was reported in Pylon Bay at Thurlow Game Reserve this morning, the GREATER SAND PLOVER was still on view at the Umgeni River estuary in Durban this morning, the RUFOUS-BELLIED HERON remained in place at Nsombiza Pan on the Eastern Shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Tuesday and a DARK CHANTING GOSHAWK was reported again at Manyoni Private Game Reserve on Tuesday as well.

 

 

Rufous-bellied Heron at Nsombiza Pan

© Ian Ferreira

Dark Chanting Goshawk at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Wade Lee

 

 

Mpumalanga held on to some lingerers with at least 7 COLLARED PRATINCOLES still at Mkhombo Dam at -25.121, 28.875 yesterday while the AFRICAN SKIMMERS were also still in place with 2 birds still at the Malelane bridge over the Crocodile River yesterday and another 2 birds still at the Olifants River bridge in the Kruger National Park yesterday as well. Also of local interest in the province is a young BLACK-HEADED ORIOLE that has been hanging around in the Secunda green strip for the last few days.

 

Into the North-west Province where a single male GREY-BACKED SPARROWLARK was seen on a farm outside Zeerust yesterday.

 

 

Black-headed Oriole in Secunda

© Hennie Bestbier

Grey-backed Sparrowlark outside Zeerust

© Bernard Tabane

 

 

Up in Limpopo, a RUFOUS-BELLIED HERON was found in the Kruger National Park along the S50 from Shingwedzi to Mopani, just before the S143 turn-off, on Sunday.

 

And finally, in Namibia, a single RED PHALAROPE was found at Walvis Bay Salt Works yesterday.

 

 

Rufous-bellied Heron along the S50

© Brad Boyd

Red Phalarope at Walvis Bay Salt Works

© Dayne Braine

 

 

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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