First Year Procrastination!

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8 years 3 months ago #13363 by Rusty Justy
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Heres My latest Just started exams, so havent been out much...but decided I needed a break and left 5am sharp yesterday morning! :D

Apon leaving Res, I picked up some decent sightings amongst others...Booted Eagle(Dark Morph), Black Cuckooshrike, Lesser Honeyguide and Common Starlings, Little Rush Warbler, Malachite Sunbird, Karoo Prinia & Whiterumped Swift.

I went to a very small patch of 'forest' (Gully Thicket) near Grahamstown called Featherstone Kloof, here the Protea Cynoides were in Full flower(Our National Flower) and a lifer for me in the wild :D <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> on route picking up some decent sightings of Cape Canary, Longtailed Widowbird(Displaying) and Spurwinged Goose.

At Featherstone Kloof I picked up, Blackheaded Oriole, Cape white eye, Southern Double Banded Sunbird, Knysna Turaco, Dusky Flycatcher, Sombre Greenbul, Cape Batis, Puffback, Bluemanted Crested Flycatcher, Chorister Robin, Olive Thrush, Yellow-Throated Woodland Warbler, Cape Robin Chat, Southern Boubou, Hadeda, Greenbacked Cameroptera, Paradise Flycatcher, Terrestrial Brownbul, Olive Bush shrike & Barthroated Apalis.

Here I also heard a Lifer, Brown Scrub Robin but did not see it, and missed the White-Starred Robins that I hear might be here.

I then went along the R67 towards Fort Beaufort, picking up...

Cape Crow
Redcapped Lark
African Pipit(Displaying)
Cape Wagtail
Ant-Eating Chat
Common Fiscal

among others......

Here I took the sand road into Mayfield, where I found...

Rufous Naped Larks(Displaying)
Cape Longclaw
African Stone Chat
Blackcollared Barbet
Egyptian Goose
White throated Swallow
Karoo Scrub Robin
Karoo Prinia

and 1 lifer and 1 pending lifer....Cape Penduline Tit(And its unique nest) and Displaying Clapper Larks............But As to whether they are Cape or Eastern I must still decide...Have some distant photos I hope will seal the deal!

Then I entered Mayfield Sewerage Works.......seeing the following

Whitefaced Duck x 9
Redbilled Teals x 15
Common Starling
Blackwinged Stilt x 31
African Shelduck x 13
Cape Shoveler x 1
Blacksmith Lapwing
Longtailed Widow
Threebaned Plover
Greenshank x 2
Cape Wagtail(Including ankle height nest with 3 chicks along a stream)
Yellowbilled Duck x 12
Wood Sandpiper x 2
African Pipit
Sacred Ibis
Grey Heron
Cape Teal x 11
Little Grebe x 9
Egyptian Goose x 5
Malachite Sunbird
Common Fiscal
African Snipe x 6
Common Waxbill
Cape Glossy Starling
African Hoopoe
Diedericks Cuckoo
Ruff x 7
Little Stint x 5

Not Bad going for 3 hours Procrastinating <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

Deciding the weather was so good, and the birding even Better I went the opposite way towards Port Elizabeth and to a small Area called Seven Fountains.

Here I got 2 Lifers...Black Cuckoo and Common Quail

Others seen,

Black Harrier
Barrows Korhaan
Knysna Woodpecker
Yellowfronted Canary
Darkcapped Bulbul
Crowned Lapwing
Common Fiscal
Cape Crow
Cape Weaver
Streakyheaed Seed-Eater
Jackal Buzzard
Steppe Buzzard
Yellowbilled Duck
Grey Heron
White throated Swallow
Forktailed Drongo
Redthroated Whryneck
Familiar Chat
Barn Swallow
African Hoopoe
Blackheaded Heron
Black Sawwing
Darkbacked Weaver
Cape Glossy Starling
Reed Cormorant
Egyptian Goose
African Pipit
Helmete Guinefowl
Diedericks Cuckoo
Village Weaver
Cape Batis
Cape white eye
Blackheaded Oriole
Palm Swift
Speackled Mousebird
Whiterumped Swift
Redeyed Dove
Redbilled Woodhoopoe
Yellowbreasted Apalis

Wild Non Birdy Sightings....Kudu, Common Duiker, Yellow Mongoose, Rock monitor and caught a really decent sized Puff Adder! :mrgreen:

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8 years 3 months ago #13364 by Doug
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Nice trip report and some nice sightings.

Just a note on Clapper Larks. Like the Long-billed lark group, clapper larks are fairly variable and in many cases I think photos may serve to only narow it down to the Clapper Lark group. There was a detailed article in Africa Birds and Birding by Peter Ryan explaining that because the Longbilled Lark group is so variable that distributon is the only way to separate them. The same is probably true for the Clapper larks although when displaying, the wing rattle speeds up in most cases with Cape Clapper but Eastern clapper has a wing rattle of constant speed.

Hope that helps with the Lark ID

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8 years 3 months ago #13372 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: First Year Procrastination!
Thanks Doug, I looked into that and realised Di alone on colouration might not be the best way to go about things :D I sat there for a while trying to calculate wing beats and work out if they were accelerating or not <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Turned my mind to mush!!!

Hopefully pretty soon I'll come to some sort of conclusion!!! :rolleyes:

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