Sightings

Sightings

RARITIES STILL AVAILABLE AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 1st March 2014
DE MOND RARITIES - all the recent goodies (BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN and GREATER SAND PLOVERS) were present and showing well this morning all down towards the mouth of the... Read more »

SEDGE WARBLER & BAILLON'S CRAKE AT VERMONT SALT PAN

Posted on the 18th January 2014
I made the rather nervous decision to skip the pelagic trip today due to a bad cough and faltering voice, and decided to pop out to Vermont Pan to use up the apprehensive hours until the trip retur... Read more »

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER AT FISHERHAVEN OUTSIDE HERMANUS

Posted on the 29th December 2013
(The vagrants just keep on rolling in. Several birders found this bird between 06h00 and 09h00 this morning. - Ed.) On Christmas day we had a report of a Lilac-breasted Roller in Fisherhaven near... Read more »

GOOD SIGHTINGS IN THE BREDASDORP AREA

Posted on the 28th December 2013
A short 4 day holiday at a wonderful, isolated cottage - no-one to see, nothing to hear except birds - a most interesting sighting was of approximately 300 Avocets. It was an incredible sight and I... Read more »

GREAT SIGHTINGS IN THE SOUTH: MOSTLY AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 17th December 2013
Hi All, If SABAP 2 is correct, I probably have recorded the most Southerly of the following birds ever: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Macoa Duck Southern Pochard Greater Crested Grebe Blac... Read more »

BIRDING AT PAARDEVLEI, SOMERSET WEST

Posted on the 16th December 2013
Just went for a quick Paardevlei visit (in the old AE&CI works). First time for ages. No problem getting in and stacks of birds on the vlei. All 3 Grebes, Maccoas,Pochards, lots of Whiskered Te... Read more »

HOTTENTOT BUTTONQUAIL AT AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 16th December 2013
Hi All, Saw x4 times Hottentot Buttonquail in the past 48hrs in Agulhas National Park. Poor quality pics but at least you can see them. Yours Wim de Klerk 15 December 2013... Read more »

ON HAMERKOP, BLACK HARRIER, BLACK STORK, VICTORIN'S WARBLER & OTHERS

Posted on the 21st August 2013
Hi all We have a Hamerkop who pops in every couple of weeks or so to check out our little dams (for frogs, presumably). Yesterday I was having a happy time planting out seedlings in the ... Read more »

BRITISH BIRDER AT CAPE POINT

Posted on the 9th August 2013
(Two days ago we posted a report on the re-sighting of a ringed Black Sparrowhawk and the almost immediate respons from researcher Ann Koeslag.  Here a British birder reports the sighting of a... Read more »

JUVENILE KLAAS'S CUCKOOS AT KIRSTENBOSCH

Posted on the 27th April 2013
Linda Hibbin and myself have been visiting a tree in Kirstenbosch since a Klaas's Cuckoo juvenile was discovered recently and photographed by friends. The chick seemed to be in and out of the tree all... Read more »

NORTHERN ROCKHOPPER PENGUIN AT ONRUS

Posted on the 20th February 2013
(An earlier alert was released. Trevor later reports as follows:) Photos have arrived and there are now several observers on site too and the bird can be confirmed as a NORTHERN ROCKHOPPER PENGUIN. I... Read more »

LONG-CRESTED EAGLES AT GEORGE

Posted on the 14th May 2012
(From SA Rare Bird News - Ed.) At least 2 LONG-CRESTED EAGLES were present in George (Western Cape) yesterday between the Fancourt Golf Course and the mountains.  ... Read more »

MORE ON KORI BUSTARD IN BONTEBOK NATIONAL APRK

Posted on the 30th April 2012
(Taken from the Bontebok National Park e-newsletter for May 2012 and loaded with the permission of the editor. - Ed.) Bustards have strong legs and big toes. They have long broad wings with "fin... Read more »

OUT OF RANGE BIRDS FROM THE MOSSGAS AREA

Posted on the 31st March 2012
While doing wind farm bird monitoring just north of Mossgas last week I recorded Wailing Cisticola(the streaking on the breast that Roberts talks about in the southern birds is clearly visible) in 340... Read more »

CAPE ROCKJUMPER AT ROOIELS

Posted on the 6th March 2012
Hi (Envious) Birders: Just to let you know that Rene Lind and I had absolutely superb views of a Rockjumper at Rooi Els this afternoon. Close up and personal! Really fabulous, especially as they have... Read more »