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 20h00 on Monday, 19 August 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, it was much of the same as recent times with an AFRICAN PALM SWIFT seen at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve yesterday, the AFRICAN JACANA still at Dolphin Beach Pans yesterday and the RED-BILLED OXPECKER still at Koeberg Nature Reserve on Friday while, further east in the province, there was still at least one COMMON SCIMITARBILL at Pereboomdrift in Meiringspoort on Saturday and the GOLIATH HERON was also still in in Montage Village in Sedgefield until at least Friday.
African Palm Swift at Rietvlei
© Trevor Hardaker
Goliath Heron at Montage Village
© Joy Herbst
African Jacana at Dolphin Beach Pans
© Dana Goldberg
Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, the SOOTY TERN was still at the St Lucia estuary on Saturday while a single HARTLAUB'S GULL was also reported from there at the end of last week. The AFRICAN CRAKE was also still holding on at the Lake Mzingazi weir in Richard's Bay yesterday while another SOOTY TERN was reported flying north from Christmas Bay at Sheffield Beach yesterday as well.
Hartlaub’s Gull at St Lucia
© Ian Ferreira
African Crake at Lake Mzingazi weir
© Georg Jacobs
Sooty Tern at St Lucia
© Manuel Weber
Across in Mpumalanga, there were still at least 3 CAPE TEALS at Mazithi Dam in the Kruger National Park on Saturday while the park also delivered a SOUTHERN FISCAL seen at Malelane bridge on Friday.
Over in the North-west Province, a single EMERALD-SPOTTED WOOD DOVE was seen at Inyala Lodge, between Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp, on Thursday.
And finally, in Limpopo, a SCALY-FEATHERED FINCH was seen again at Boyela waterhole, north of Shingwedzi, in the Kruger National Park on Saturday.
Cape Teals at Mazithi Dam
© Dirk Neethling
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove at Inyala Lodge
© Tony Archer
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.
Cape Town, South Africa