SA Rare Bird News Report

Up in the Northern Cape, an EMERALD-SPOTTED WOOD DOVE was located at the waterhole about 5km north of Twee Rivieren camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on Friday, an unusual species for this part of the province, well west of where they are normally recorded.

Over in the Eastern Cape, a GREEN-BACKED HERON was located again yesterday at Port Alfred, still a fairly uncommon species in the province and it even caused a couple of provincial listers to twitch it late yesterday afternoon.

Up the coast into Kwazulu Natal, there was some confusion when both a young probable PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK and an immature GREATER KESTREL were located on Tuesday in Camperdown in veld opposite the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, the goshawk seen in the morning and the kestrel seen later on in the afternoon. Whilst the initial suspicions for these out-of-range species were that they had escaped from the Sanctuary, the Sanctuary has confirmed that these birds do not originate from them at all.

Across the border into Mpumalanga, at least one CAPPED WHEATEAR was also still present near Mjejane yesterday.

Moving up into Limpopo Province, a group of 8 CAPE TEAL were reported yesterday along the Shingwedzi River about 400m upstream of Shingwedzi rest camp in the Kruger National Park, an unusual record for this area.

And finally, in Namibia, a possible adult EGYPTIAN VULTURE was seen between Mariental and Keetmanshoop on Tuesday. Although the bird was not photographed, the description sounds reasonable for this species, and would be quite a southerly record for this species in the country.