Macaroni Penguin

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8 years 8 months ago #10728 by Francois
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"Hi. If you want to quickly fly down to Cape Town, I will be leaving tomorrow morning at 07:00 to see if I can pick up the Macaroni Penguin for my life list."
This email of mine set the wheels in motion for a whirlwind visit from Johann.

After some emails flying around on Monday morning, Johann had a ticket booked down to Cape Town for the Monday evening, landing at 20:40. After enjoying a hamburger at the airport and catching up on things we set off to Gordon’s Bay. We found a bed for Johann in our guest room (read third bedroom used as a store room with a bunkbed in it) and after a little shut-eye it was wake-up call time at 04:30 on Tuesday morning as we set off to Brandfontein near Agulhas in search of the MEGA tick, a moulting Macaroni Penguin.

With Johann’s return flight leaving at 18:30 on Tuesday evening we were pressed for time but a 3 hour trip does not suddenly become a 2 hour trip however much one wish it to become one. Well maybe if you are willing to add a hefty speeding fine to your trip expense which I decided was not worth it.

Trying to make up time to get to the spot, we did not do a lot of birding enroute but did manage list about 50 birds before we got to the site including 1 lifer for Johann (Large-billed Lark)

Arriving at Brandfontein around 09:00 (we took the last 20 km slowly (took an hour) as we knew we had some time to play with) we made our way down to the beach and first walk right pass the bird which was sitting on a huge rock while we were scanning down on the ground. Photos were taken, congratulations given on a new lifer (one which will probably not come around quickly again). After spending about an hour at the site, Johann remarked that taking the cost of the plane ticket into account, his two lifers cost R600 each. I thought we better work at the cost per lifer and suggested we head in Rooiels’ direction to see if we can connect with the Cape Rock-jumpers. While leaving the car park we added a Grey-backed Cisticola to Johann’s tally of lifers.

Enroute Johann mentioned that he still needed African (Jackass) Penguin for his list so I said we’ll pop into Stoney Point at Betty’s Bay for them and then we can also add Cape Cormorant to his list. After a 2 hour drive we were at Stoney Point and in 15 minutes added African Penguin, Cape- and Bank Cormorant to Johann’s list and left for Rooiels with Johann on 6 lifers or R200 per lifer, much better.

Arriving at Rooiels we had about one hour to hook up with the Rock-jumpers before we had leave for the airport. I’ve never visited the Rooiels sight so late in the day so was wondering what to expect as I normally find the Rock-jumpers early morning. We did manage to add Orange-breasted Sunbird to Johann’s list but unfortunately we dipped on the Cape Rock-jumpers and also the Cape Sugarbirds, but 7 lifers at R172 each is not too bad.

Now time was running out and we made our way back to the airport via the coastal drive from Rooiels to Gordon’s Bay and then the airport.

19 hours, 480 kilometres, 87 birds (the once I could remember, Johann kept score so he can add) and 7 lifers later, Johann was back at the airport.

On arrival back home after dropping Johann at the airport I read my emails and behold a Common Noddy not 100km from where we were for the Macaroni Penguin!!! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Had we knew that we would've certainly chased that one t0o.
I think we should get a bulk SMS notification service going for these mega rarities.

Here are a couple of photos I took of the penguin. Johann also got some good shots and maybe he’ll post some?






Trip List (87 birds)
Bishop Southern Red
Bokmakierie
Bulbul Cape
Bunting Cape
Buzzard Jackal
Buzzard Steppe
Canary Yellow
Chat Familiar
Cisticola Grey-backed
Cormorant Bank
Cormorant Cape
Cormorant White-breasted
Coucal Burchell's
Crane Blue
Crombec Long-billed
Crow Cape
Crow House
Crow Pied
Darter African
Dove Cape Turtle-
Dove Laughing
Dove Namaqua
Dove Red-eyed
Dove Rock
Drongo Fork-tailed
Duck African Black
Eagle African Fish-
Egret Cattle
Egret Little
Fiscal Common
Flycatcher Fiscal
Francolin Cape
Goose Egyptian
Goose Spur-winged
Grassbird Cape
Guineafowl Helmeted
Gull Hartlaub's
Gull Kelp
Harrier African Marsh-
Harrier Black
Heron Black-headed
Heron Grey
Hoopoe African
Ibis African Sacred
Ibis Hadeda
Kestrel Rock
Kingfisher Malachite
Kingfisher Pied
Kite Black-shouldered
Kite Yellow-billed
Lapwing Blacksmith
Lapwing Crowned
Lark Large-billed
Martin Brown-throated
Martin Rock
Mousebird Speckled
Mousebird White-backed
Neddicky
Oystercatcher African Black
Penguin African
Penguin Macaroni
Pigeon Speckled
Plover Kittlitz's
Plover White-fronted
Plover Three-banded
Prinia Karoo
Raven White-necked
Robin-Chat Cape
Sparrow Cape
Sparrow House
Starling Common
Starling Pied
Starling Red-winged
Starling Wattled
Stilt Black-winged
Stonechat African
Sunbird Malachite
Sunbird Orange-breasted
Swallow Barn
Swallow Greater Striped
Swallow White-throated
Swift Little
Tern Caspian
Tern Swift
Wagtail Cape
Weaver Cape
White-eye Cape

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8 years 8 months ago #10730 by JGB
JGB replied the topic: Re: Macaroni Penguin
You do realise that us up country birders who could did not mange to get off work to get to this MEGA, are not going to talking to the Cape birders for a a long while. Send us some rarities!!!!!

Great photos though.

Cheers,
Justin

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8 years 8 months ago #10735 by gordon
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Oh for more leave!!!!!! <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> <!-- s:bomb: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bomb.gif" alt=":bomb:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:bomb: --> <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: -->

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8 years 8 months ago #10739 by waldens@faerieglen
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Has anybody seen the bird in the last 24 hours? Two friends flew to CTown from Lanseria last night, spent 4 hours today looking for it, but NOTHING! <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: -->
A very frustrating and expensive wild (penguin) chase! I was invited to go with, but chickened out. Now I'm so glad I stayed at home.

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8 years 8 months ago #10741 by Johann
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8 years 8 months ago #10795 by Birdlover
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<!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> Sad to say .. although i am from Cape Town , i missed this mega tick.

<!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> I was on a camping trip when the news broke.

:D Well done Johann and Francois for getting the tick and also the great photos.

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