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VERREAUX'S EAGLE & FAIRY FLYCATCHER IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 16th June 2014

Hi Cape birders,
Just two sightings that may be of interest to others out there...
Margaret and I visited the West Coast National Park this morning for a few hours and were quite excited to locate a juvenile Verreaux’s Eagle sitting in the dunes near Tsarsbank close to the coast, the first time we have personally encountered this species in the park (although I know many others have seen it there previously). What is of interest is that the bird was sporting 2 yellow wing tags with the number “Y020” on them. Although I am obviously not sure, I suspect that the bird may be offspring of the pair at Langebaan quarry, but hopefully someone in the know will be able to confirm from that wingtag number where the bird came from for sure.
The second sighting was of even more interest to us, that of a Fairy Flycatcher that we located in tall strandveld along the main entrance road off the R27 about halfway to the Geelbek turn-off. This may well represent a new record for the park and was certainly the first time we had ever seen it there. It was not the sort of habitat that I would expect to find this species in and I’m not even sure where the closest to this is that I have seen them previously. I have certainly had them up on the mountains above Aurora, but I can’t think of any other vaguely west coast site (within a 1,5 hour drive of Cape Town) that I have seen them at before (but perhaps I am just getting old and have forgotten...?).
Kind regards
TREVOR HARDAKER
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COMMENTS

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BASIL BOER (posted: 2014-06-17 08:32:32)
Hi Trevor.

Had a Fairy Flycatcher in the Helderberg Nature Reserve last week at the same spot as the one photographed last year August 2013.

Basil