While it is snowing all over the country, we are working in the Noupoort area. Luckily, we didn't receive the amount of snow than other parts, but this morning the frost was so heavy that it looked if it had snow. Interesting is that the most birds probably moved to lower areas as there are very few birds in the mountainous areas where we are working. What is interesting is the number of Short-toed Rock Thrushes at the about 1700 m asl altitude comparing with the warmer times of the year. They are everywhere.
Today we also had 2 huge flocks of Blue Cranes which get together for winter. On an irrigation field we count about 70 birds together and just west of Noupoort a flock of about 80 birds in the veld. Our breeding pair on the higher altitude also moved downwards and probably part of one of these flocks.
Other good birds for the area the last few days, were Blue Korhaan, juvenile Martial Eagle, Afr Harrier-Hawk and just outside town is an active Black Eagle nest.
KAROO BIRDING SAFARIS
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SABAP NR 039
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