RARE BIRDS SEEN IN THE WESTERN CAPE DURING DECEMBER
Posted on the 4th January 2016
(The Western Cape Province again produced some excellent rare birds over the December holiday season. Here is a summary of birds seen as reported by Trevor Hardaker in the SA Rare Bird News report dated 3 January 2016. - Ed.)
ELEGANT TERN – a single bird first located on in the tern roost at Laaiplek near Velddrif (Western Cape) on the pier off Rivier Street, just east of Noord Keerom Street, on 21 December and still present until at least 25 December.
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER – single individual still present at Gouritzmond (Western Cape) until at least 30 December.
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE – at least one bird still present at Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif on 30 December.
AUSTRALIAN GANNET – at least 2 birds present on Malgas Island in Saldahna Bay on 21 December.
EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD: One bird reported in Hunters Way, Hout Bay on 23 November.
European Honey Buzzard - Mike Graham
Femal Black Cuckoo-Shrike - Wilfred Crous
WESTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL – a single bird located today at Voelvlei near Vleesbaai at -34.274, 21.838
AFRICAN JACANA – single bird still present this morning at Strandfontein Sewage Works at the usual spot near the entrance boom, another at Voelvlei near Vleesbaai on 22 December and one still present at the De Zalse Gholf Club until at least 18 December.
SQUACCO HERON – a single bird located at Paarl Bird Sanctuary yesterday, another seen flying inland along the river at Still Bay on 21 December.
JACOBIN CUCKOO – at least 4 different birds seen yesterday on a farm between Still Bay and Gouritzmond. (The birds should be viewable from the public gravel road between Still Bay (take the Melkhoutfontein turnoff) and Gouritsmond. About halfway (20 km) on this road driving towards Gouritsmond, there is a left turn to Albertinia and the birds were seen on the left about 500m before this junction.). One also present earlier today at Voelvlei near Vleesbaai.
BLACK CUCKOO-SHRIKE – a female seen at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve near Robertson on 30 December.
LESSER GREY SHRIKE – one bird seen along the Swartrivier Road at -34.257, 19.232 on 29 December.
BROWN-HOODED KINGFISHER – a single bird seen in a garden in Sunbird Circle in Kommetjie on 24 December.
MARABOU STORK – a single bird seen on the Hermon Road at Tomis Butchery on 23 December.
YELLOW-BILLED STORK – 2 birds present at Voelvlei near Vleesbaai until at least 22 December.
RED-BACKED SHRIKE – a male bird present at Elandsberg Farm near Hermon on 21 December.
Yellow-billed Stork - Anton
Red-backed Shrike - Anton
AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL – one along the Touws River south of Ladismith on 19 December.
AMUR FALCON – one adult male seen south of Ladismith along the R323 on 19 December.
GREAT EGRET – a single bird present at Voelvlei near Vleesbaai until at least 17 December.
LONG-TAILED PARADISE WHYDAH – a male bird (possible escapee) seen in a Pinelands garden feeding with Pin-tailed Whydahs on 15 December.
SAND MARTIN – single bird seen at Strandfontein Sewage Works on 13 December.
Australian Gannet (l) & Cape Gannet (r) - Image by MC Botha taken at Malgas Island
Male Amur Falcon - Anton
Brown-hooded Kingfisher - Anton
(Image by BirdLife Overberg members taken previously)