SA Rare Bird News Report - 30 May 2022

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Trevor Hardaker

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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 18h00 on Monday, 30 May 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.

 

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A week’s worth of reports to catch up on, so let’s get going and, starting in the Western Cape, Strandfontein Sewaqe Works held on to the AFRICAN JACANA on Pan T1 and a number of FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCKS on Pan P4 yesterday while adjacent Zeekoevlei also produced 2 PINK-BACKED PELICANS at -34.056, 18.518 yesterday which were still there earlier today, surely the same individuals that have been up at Velddrif recently. An AFRICAN PALM SWIFT was reported at Rondevlei Nature Reserve yesterday, another 3 AFRICAN PALM SWIFTS were seen at Dolphin Beach Pans also yesterday and up to 6 individuals were seen at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve this morning. Two AFRICAN RED-EYED BULBULS were found on Joostenberg farm near Stellenbosch on Friday, a single FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK was reported on Pan C at Paarl Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, the female AFRICAN FINFOOT was found again back at the bridge over the Breede River just outside Robertson on Wednesday and the GULL-BILLED TERN was still at De Plaat in Velddrif until at least Tuesday. Over on the Garden Route, the GROUNDSCRAPER THRUSH remained on in Belvidere Estate in Knysna until at least last Monday, the SQUACCO HERON was still at White Horse Dam in Plettenberg Bay on Saturday and, inland, the GOLIATH HERON was also still just south of Beaufort West at -32.382, 22.583 on Friday.

 

 

Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Daryl de Beer

African Jacana at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Garret Skead

 

 

Pink-backed Pelicans at Zeekoevlei

© Garret Skead

African Palm Swift at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve

© Regard van Dyk

 

 

African Red-eyed Bulbuls on Joostenberg farm

© Nicolaas Myburgh

Gull-billed Tern at De Plaat

© Gigi Laidler

 

 

Groundscraper Thrush in Belvidere Estate

© Bev Carstens

Goliath Heron in Beaufort West

© Marné Janse van Veuren

 

 

Up in the Northern Cape, an AFRICAN CRAKE was found south of Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on Saturday while a rather out of range BATELEUR was found along Kameeldooring Loop in Mokala National Park on Friday and was still present yesterday in a similar area at -29.086, 24.366. 

 

 

Bateleur in Mokala National Park

© Gareth Preiss

African Crake near Nossob

© Susan Snyders

 

 

Bateleur in Mokala National Park

© Doug Harebottle

 

 

The Eastern Cape produced a cracking GREY WAGTAIL at Qinira Nature Reserve at -32.956, 27.96 on Tuesday which remained there until at least Friday while a LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER on private property in Reynold's View Road in Beacon Bay on Saturday was another great provincial record.

 

 

Grey Wagtail at Qinira Nature Reserve

© Robin Scott

Grey Wagtail at Qinira Nature Reserve

© Dylan Rawlins

 

 

Grey Wagtail at Qinira Nature Reserve

© Foden Saunders

Grey Wagtail at Qinira Nature Reserve

© Mike Simms

 

 

Moving up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, 2 AYRES’S HAWK EAGLES were seen over the golf course in Mtunzini on Saturday.

 

Gauteng’s best record came in the form of a SCALY-THROATED HONEYGUIDE found in the Wilge River valley at -25.626, 28.936 on Saturday, possibly a new record for the province, while there were also several SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATERS reported with one seen along the R100 at -26.021, 27.448 on Saturday and several found in the blugums next to the picnic site at Marievale Bird Sanctuary on Saturday which were still around yesterday.

 

Over in Mpumalanga, a FAIRY FLYCTACHER was found near Wild Side Estate in Witbank at -25.927, 29.279 yesterday.

 

In the North-west Province, a LAPPET-FACED VULTURE was reported along the Boons road at -25.991, 27.232 on Saturday.

 

 

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater at Marievale Bird Sanctuary

© Andy Smith

Fairy Flycatcher in Witbank

© Keegan Fraser

 

 

Into Namibia where an AFRICAN CRAKE was found at Le Mirage about 22km from Sesriem yesterday while there was also plenty of local excitement when a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Mile 4 Salt Works in Swakopmund on Tuesday.

 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Mile 4 Salt Works

© Sharon Croome

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Mile 4 Salt Works

© Mark Boorman

 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Mile 4 Salt Works

© Dayne Braine

African Crake at Le Mirage

© Retseh Kruger

 

 

And finally, in Mozambique, locals were excited with the discovery of an AFRICAN SKIMMER at Salinas Zacharia in Maputo at -25.983, 32.447 on Saturday which was still there today while the same site also produced 3 CHESTNUT-BANDED PLOVERS yesterday which were also still around today as well. The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (subsp heuglini) was also still present this morning near Costo do Sol fishing village in Maputo.

 

 

African Skimmer at Salinas Zacharia

© Tom Moore

African Skimmer at Salinas Zacharia

© James Hogg

 

 

Chestnut-banded Plover at Salinas Zacharia

© James Hogg

Chestnut-banded Plover at Salinas Zacharia

© Tom Moore

 

 

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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