Chestnut-banded Plover - Mkhombo dam

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5 years 3 weeks ago #80613 by wildtuinman
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I headed out to Mkhombo yesterday morning and got me self a lifer in Chestnut-banded Plover! As with what is the case when I go to Mkhombo normally, I have to make use of the 400D with a 300 Sigma lens, so not the best of photos, but nevertheless good enough to proof my latest lifer! :D:D





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5 years 3 weeks ago #80621 by docandy
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Very nice Dirk! Any tips as I am hoping to head out that way on Friday probably entering from the village side and doing Pienaarsrivier/Kgomo-Kgomo early. :D

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5 years 2 weeks ago #80670 by wildtuinman
wildtuinman replied the topic: Re: Chestnut-banded Plover - Mkhombo dam
Hi docandy, sure. Driving along towards Geddes Bay, the first non distinct road to the right (look very carefully) will lead you as close to the dam shore as possible. Start looking from here onwards for the next 500m. The birds were up and down that stretch.

Plenty of Yellow Wagtails out there as well as an Osprey and Caspian Terns.

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5 years 2 weeks ago #80674 by docandy
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Thanks Dirk! :D

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5 years 2 weeks ago #80680 by arty
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Sounds good heading out with Andy on friday, tell me why you are using the 400d and a sigma lens when you go to this dam.is it a security issue.

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5 years 2 weeks ago #80682 by wildtuinman
wildtuinman replied the topic: Re: Chestnut-banded Plover - Mkhombo dam
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The 60D with the 100-400mm lens is her gear and because she is based in JHB, my unplanned trips from my home in PTA has to make do without her gear. <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: -->

But to get back to the safety aspect. Driving through to Mkhombo dam from Libangeni is something I would regard as a bit of a safety risk. A clever thug who could add 2 and 2 together would easily figure out that fancy high ground clearance vehicles and camera equipment is there for the taking. It is one of the few places where I bird where I get strange and somewhat unwelcome looks from the locals.

2 Weekends ago, my girlfriend and I visited the dam. The stretch of road where you drive through the short thorn bush section had for some reason been littered with small branches with some nasty thorns on it. I kept a vigilant lookout every time I got out the car to move the branches with strict instructions to my girlfriend to drive the hell out of there if something should happen. Luckily nothing happened but I am not sure why these branches were lying on the road. Did someone place them there in the hope of luring the driver out of his vehicle, or hoping that the vehicle would get stranded with deflated tyres, that I cannot say. But keep a vigilant lookout and don't go there alone unless you really have to.

I think next weekend will be safe enough with the amount of birders out there on BBW. So enjoy! :D

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