Big Birding Day 2008 - Highlands Wilderness

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8 years 11 months ago #9668 by JGB
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I entered a team for 2008 named “The Highland Cuckoos” in the Farm catergory. And yes it may well have something to do with our state of mind. We were up just after 04:00 on Saturday morning, the temperature at times hovered around 36 degrees Celsius and we finally crawled into bed at 23:30 on Saturday night.

The day was a wonderful success and we just managed to reach a rather ambitious target of 100 species, ending the day on 102 species. When considering previous weekends at Highlands I would average just over 60 species, this I believe was a rather impressive tally for a single day. It would have been even better had a few of the more common birds actually made an appearance. Some of the more common species that we not recorded were:

• Cinnamon Breasted Bunting
• Emerald Spotted Wood Dove
• Black Headed Oriole
• African Hoopoe

Highlights of the event would most definitely be the pair of Blue Cranes seen in the Savannah and a juvenile Greater Honey-guide seen in the trees around the old farm house. New species were added to the Highlands birds list on almost an hourly basis with a total of 11 new species being sighted over the weekend. The Highlands list now stands at 162 species with an additional 7 species seen on the adjacent farms.

Cheers,
Justin

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8 years 11 months ago #9674 by gordon
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Sounds like a really good BBD!

Always nice to get Blue Cranes! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

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8 years 11 months ago #9678 by Doug
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Sounds Awesome!!

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8 years 11 months ago #9690 by Birdlover
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Well done Justin. Sounds like you had a great day.

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