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BIRDING BIG DAY 2010 IN THE KAROO

Posted on the 1st December 2010

BBD is gone, but we had a good day in the Karoo despite the severe drought. The Karoo Korhaans managed to pick up 154 species, the same as last year. The day started off well and with the local sewage works the only open water in the area at the moment, we had most of the normally ducks and waders. The exception was Maccoa Duck and Southern Pochard which are normally at the sewage works, but were totally absent. Also Black-headed Heron and Reed Cormorant were nowhere to see. 18 Greater
Flamingos were at the sewage works and 5 Whiskered Terns which is normally not that common in the Karoo. No White-winged Terns which you mostly find here.

The "local" Green Woodhoopoe also didn't like BBD as we couldn't track it down on Saturday after seeing it the 2 days before.

After a long hard day in heat of up to 40 degrees, our last bird was a Spotted Eagle Owl.

BBD is still the best way to sharpen your birding skills.

Regards

JAPIE CLAASSEN
KAROO BIRDING SAFARIS
BOX 112, BEAUFORT WEST, 6970
TEL +27 23 4142980
FAX 086 6060267
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karoobirding@beaufortwest.net
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www.karoobirding.wetpaint.com.



 

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