SA Rare Bird News Report - 27 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 Monday, 27 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.

 

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Starting in the Western Cape, there was some surprize when an adult WHITE-BACKED VULTURE was found around the Info Centre at Cape Point on Friday. It then moved over towards Diaz Cross and was finally lost to sight heading off the north and has not been reported again since then. Elsewhere, 3 AFRICAN PALM SWIFTS were reported at Wildevoelvlei near Kommetjie on Saturday, a singleton was also reported at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve today, the FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCKS were still at Strandfontein Sewage Works earlier today while the AFRICAN JACANA remained on there until at least Saturday as well, a single PINK-BACKED PELICAN was seen again at Zeekoevlei yesterday and a FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK was also reported at Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary yesterday. Other lingerers still attracting local attention included the AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL still at the Postcard Café in Jonkershoek on Saturday, the AFRICAN FINFOOT still along the Breede River just outside Robertson yesterday, the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and LESSER SAND PLOVER still at Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif yesterday and the GREAT EGRET still at De Plaat in Velddrif yesterday as well.

 

 

African Jacana at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Jacques Giliomee

Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Strandfontein Sewage Works

© Jacques Giliomee

 

 

White-backed Vulture at Cape Point

© Robert Cooper

Red-necked Phalarope at Kliphoek Salt Pans

© David Hall

 

 

Up in the Northern Cape, a LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER was found north of Brandvlei at -30.055, 20.630 on Friday while there was also some surprize when a lone WOOLLY-NECKED STORK was found north of Twee Rivieren on the road to Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on Tuesday.

 

Kwazulu Natal’s provincial listers all had one bird on their mind and that was the ARNOT’S CHAT at Manyoni Private Game Reserve which was still showing well there earlier today while a BLUE WAXBILL at Burndale Animal Farm in Ballito yesterday was also a slightly odd record.

 

In the Free State, the GROUNDSCRAPER THRUSH was still at Fichardpark in Bloemfontein on Friday.

 

And finally, in Gauteng, the SICKLE-WINGED CHAT was still at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve yesterday as well.

 

 

Woolly-necked Stork north of Twee Rivieren

© Gill Malcolm

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Adam Riley

 

 

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Brandon Gould

Arnot’s Chat at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

© Ronnie Herr

 

 

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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