Hadeda Hide flufftail is back!

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5 years 10 months ago #64906 by nkgray
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For all those Marievale fans who were rather dismayed at the cutting back of the reeds in front of Hadeda Hide when the Red-chested Flufftails were displaying so nicely there - they are back :D

I went into the hide about 10 minutes after sunrise this morning and was rather disappointed at the lack of action, except for about a half dozen African Reed Warbler flitting around the reedbed immediately in front of the left end of the hide. I busied myself trying to photograph them when I became aware through my viewfinder of something else moving deeper inside and at the base of the reeds. Grabbing the binos I could see very well that it was the male Red-chested Flufftail, and moving out of the reeds. The camera was ready to snap him as he emerged from the reeds - but 2 squabbling African Reed Warbler dropped onto the ground right where he was coming out. He took fright and disappeared deep into the reeds not to be seen again in the 30 minutes I stayed there. So here at least is a photo of one the offenders <!-- s:x --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mad.gif" alt=":x" title="Mad" /><!-- s:x --> .



Whiskered Tern are everywhere right now, with the posts and rails at every hide boasting a few. Here is one in flight from Duiker Hide and one perching in front of the Flamingo Hide.





The nesting Greater Striped Swallow are quite busy making extensions and modifications to their nests. First photo is of one of the Hadeda Hide pair whose nest is actually up in the roof inside the hide. Second is of one of the pairs nesting under the overhang outside the front windows at Duiker Hide.





There was a heavy dew this morning and many of the birds looked distinctly damp. This male Yellow-crowned Bishop was not nearly so in need of drying out as the rather bedraggled Burchell's Coucal.





I don't know whether it's just my misunderstanding, but there seem to many more Red-shouldered Widowbird around this summer than in previous years.



Where two months ago the pan to the left of the road short of the Bus-stop Hide was fairly shallow and abounding in waders it is now only ducks that are to be found here, and this morning just a pair of White-faced Duck and this pair of Southern Pochard.



Black-headed Heron are extremely abundant with all the saturated grassland. I must have seen 20 this morning, with only 2 Grey Heron and 1 Goliath. Apart from this African Spoonbill that was it for the larger birds.



Good news is that a pair of Baillon's Crake are still around. Mark Tittley was very fortunate to see them and pointed out the spot. I spent 2 hours there during which I heard them twice in the first 10 minutes and that was as good as it got :( Mark went off to Hadeda Hide to see if the Flufftail would come out for him but no go there. I am going to head back at dawn on Wednesday and see if I can locate the crakes then. As Doug reported water levels and the degree of grassland inundation are perfect for some good specials in the next few weeks, so watch this space - or better still go find them yourselves.

Almost forgot, there is a female Western Marsh Harrier around too. Mark was much closer to it when first it appeared, but I was able to confirm this a couple of hours later when I got a much better look at it.

Neil

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5 years 10 months ago #64908 by mdelport
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This is great news. I'm going to head out there tomorrow morning. I hope I can find either the Crake or the Flufftail, I'll be really happy with either of those birds. The Western Marsh Harrier would also be a nice addition to my Gauteng list. I've only seen it at Nylsvley 2 years ago.

P.S. Nice shots Neil!

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5 years 10 months ago #64909 by Doug
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Awesome news and nice photos.


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5 years 10 months ago #64910 by Doug
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Can I make one request.
Please can we all refrain from trying to use call up. This is gauteng's top Red-chested flufftail site.

Please can we all refrain from using PDAs etc and keep it as our top site for flufftails.

Take coffee and some snacks. Get there early and wait and enjoy the moment.


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5 years 10 months ago #64957 by Ian_H
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Great shots and info, thanks for sharing

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5 years 10 months ago #64967 by arty
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awesome news and good advice Doug. great pics Gordon.

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