INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS OF BIRDS DURING APRIL 2021
Posted on the 26th April 2021
We have again received some great reports during this month and herewith we highlight a few of these.
There had been a major irruption of Red-billed Queleas in the Western Cape recently. Steve Peck reported a flock of at least 100 of these birds from Napier and Riaan Swart even photographed this one in Harold Porter. Also see the comments below.
There are at least bishops, queleas and weavers in this image of a flock of seedeaters taken by Steve Peck at Napier. When conditions are optimal and food is available birds will congregate like this. Think of several vultures, together with Tawny Eagles and Maribou Storks at a carcass in the bushveld, or herons, egrets, gulls and cormorants getting together when lots of fish are available
The management of the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust are looking for one or two VOLUNTEERS to assist them with bird surveys over spring. The surveys will, for one, focus on the Black Harrier. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Image by Steve Peck
The other target species for the Renosterveld survey is the Southern Black Korhaan (using rigorous survey techniques and playbacks). The area to be covered runs from Caledon/Botriver to the lower Breede River. Go to email@example.com to volunteer.
Note the barring on tail and wing feathers of this immature Burchell’s Coucal. Brenda Walters reports two of these birds in road kills in the Gansbaai area during April. One has to accept that they are fairly heavy and slow flyers, but has anyone else seen these birds meeting a similar fate?
This was one of the images (by MC Botha) used in the photo gallery celebrating World Penguin Day. One very observant member noticed a bird with a double breast band towards the right hand side of the group and asked whether it could not be a Magellanic Penguin, a South American species. After some reading it was found that a few African Penguins have an additional thin upper band as opposed to Magellanic Penguins that have a broader band on top and a thinner one below
There was huge interest and major debates about the identification of a Noddy sp that arrived at Strand recently. Eventually it was decided that it was a Lesser Noddy and not a Brown Noddy or an Atlantic Black Noddy as some birders had thought. This image is by Lester van Groeningen. Google the eventual sorting out of the identification of the bird as it makes for compelling reading
This classic image of a Victorin's Warbler at Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve was taken by Alex Aitkenhead. It beautifully illustrates the bird in bracken (Adelaarsvaring), the plant type that this species prefers, usually on southern slopes
I just could not resist posting this image of a Southern Carmine Bee-eater hitching a ride on a Kori Bustard - an ideal strategy to hawk insects that the bustard flushes. Image by Ian Mac. Interestingly there was a photograph taken near De Hoop NR some years ago of an Agulhas Long-billed Lark hitching a ride on a Denham's Bustard
It seems as if bee-eaters are doing it all over. This image by Rockjumper Birding Tours was taken in East Africa and shows a Northern Carmine Bee-eater doing the same thing