Finfoot at Zaagkuildrift

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7 years 9 months ago #16434 by waldens@faerieglen
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I went with my friends Owen and Sue this morning to KgomoKgomo to look for the Western Marsh Harrier. Owen took some photo's of a harrier flying over the vleilands, and he is busy processing them to try and get a positive ID. We are quite optimistic that the bird is in fact the Western Marsh Harrier, a lifer for us all. The bridge and flooded areas yielded the normal Ducks, Herons, Gallinules, Jacanas, etc. (No crakes). We also saw a flock of Black-winged Pratincoles in the area just south of the Soccer Field (at KgomoKgomo village) The dirt road is mostly dry, with a few puddles in low-lying areas. Birding was ok, but no Warblers, other than Willow and Barred Wren were heard (and Great Reed and Lesser Swamp)
We turned onto Crake road, which was dry. The area around the low water bridge was empty of birds, but about 5 young guys were having a whale of a time swimming in the river, so we didn't expect anything. We carried on to the end of Crake Road, which was completely dry. Somebody had cleared quite a bit of bush around the first bit, next to the river. On our return, Owen suddenly shouted STOP, STOP, STOP!!! from the back, and right next to the road, where the river makes a loop, (about 50metres from the bridge) was a FINFOOT swimming in the fast running current! It was about 10metres away, unfortunately it didn't stay for long, but disappeared into the dense overhang of the bush. We were ecstatic. (Owen wasn't shouting for Sue to stop, he was, according to him, shouting for the Finfoot to stop so that he could get a pic!) :D We stayed around for about 10minutes, hoping that the noise further down would chase it back, but no luck.
We atlassed 2 pentads, with one count of 102, and the other 92, not bad for 6 hours birding.

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7 years 9 months ago #16445 by gordon
gordon replied the topic: Re: Finfoot at Zaagkuildrift
Excellent!!!

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