A successful month

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7 years 2 months ago #29346 by Jeff Curnick
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Hi all,

Well I've certainly had a great time this August with 3 lifers!

It started with a short trip to Wavecrest on the Transkei coast a few weeks ago where I was lucky to pick up the Bat Hawk that has been hanging around there <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->
What a cool bird, we had brilliant views of it sitting on the beach as well as a few aerial displays as it flew overhead. Unfortunately no pics as the light was just too bad for my little camera.

Then, after seeing Rusty Justy's great pics of the Cape Eagle-Owl and White-bellied Korhaan's in Grahamstown, I decided to take a drive through from East London with Mike Simms and try my luck.
In Grahamstown we teamed up with Charley Hesse and Dylan Weyer (unfortunately RJ is away) and headed to the quarry for the owl's:




My dodgy long range shot:



One of Mike Simms' shots:



We then moved off to try for the Korhaan's and where successful immediately (it was almost too easy <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: --> )
This was a real treat for me as I've been searching for these birds for a LONG time.


My best shot of the male:



and the female:



All in all, a great month <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Jeff

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7 years 2 months ago #29395 by peter sharland
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Well done Jeff <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

Especially the Korhaan - how many individuals did you see?
They are such shy birds, one either gets a pic of the back view as they run away, or the head as they duck down!

Regards

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7 years 2 months ago #29483 by wildtuinman
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Very nicely done, Jeff!

I would not mind seeing that Cape Eagle-Owl!!!

I too had a great birding August. 3 lifers for me too! Gurney's Sugarbird, Baillon's Crake and Red-chested Flufftail.

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7 years 2 months ago #29885 by Rusty Justy
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Congratulations Jeff, I was hoping to see some of the shots you got of both the birds! :D Now whats next on the 'must see' list?!

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