INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS OF BIRDS DURING MARCH 2021
Posted on the 31st March 2021
We have received too many interesting photographs and stories during March, with the result that we only selected a few of these. Keep in mind that the photo gallery of images taken by members will be released soon.
This is probably the best sighting in the Overberg during March. Eugene found this TEMMINCK’S COURSER along the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA. These birds had apparently been recorded in this area several times before, but had been under-reported. This just illustrates why we should continue with our monthly reports on birds found in the Overberg – we would like to encourage all birders to keep on reporting birds found at firstname.lastname@example.org Also contact Steve Peck to join the Overberg Rare Birds WhatsApp group
Steve Peck forwarded this image of an Agulhas Long-billed Lark taken in the Napier district. Notice how far down the belly the streaking goes in this species
We are currently developing a birdfinder web page for the Langeberg local municipal area. This region is hugely underrated as a top birding destination. This image by Johan van der Westhuizen of a Karoo Eremomela taken outside Montagu is certainly a case in point
I could not resist including this image of a Southern Red-billed Hornbill with a ridiculously long bill by Rust Brand taken in Namibia – photograph copied from Facebook
Carin Malan forwarded this very interested photograph of the late Rob Martins’s family and friends during the discovery of a White Stork’s nest in the Bredasdorp district in 1961
Here is a great image of an airial battle taken by Charles Britz. It beautifully illustrates the difference in size between Rufous-breasted and Black sparrowhawks.
There were some great sightings of raptors in the van der Stel Pass near Botriver village this month. A fairly large group of Cape Vultures spent some time at a carcass – Images by Charles Britz
Charles Britz also found two Brown Snake Eagles in the van der Stel Pass during the same period – these birds are very rare in our region
This Eurasian Hobby was photographed by Carin Malan along the Swartrivier road. Notice the long wings nearly giving the impression of a giant swift in flight, but particularly the double moustachial stripes
This lovely image of a resident Peregrine Falcon with kill by Riaan Jacobs shows the single broad moustachial stripe typical of this species that (for one) distinguishes it from the migratory Eurasian Hobby