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7 years 5 months ago #25619 by Dave Shedman
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Just to clarify, Justin, it's the path known as the 'Woodpecker Walk' - you may bump into me there one day very soon as I missed them last time they nested there!

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7 years 5 months ago #25620 by JGB
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Dave, thanks I thought it was the Woodpecker path. Please let me know when you are going, so that I do not bump into you. :D

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7 years 5 months ago #25625 by Jacques P
Jacques P replied the topic: Re: WSBG
Hi All

Today (22 June) my friend and I visited the Gardens and I got 3 lifers :D , Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Cardinal Woodpecker and Kurrichane Thrush. Have any of you seen the Grey-headed Bush-shrike in the Garden? I saw it on the Woodland walk close to the river.

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7 years 5 months ago #25633 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: WSBG
Hi Jacques and welcome to the forum.

Yes, we saw the Grey Headed Bush Shrike in March last year, in the same location you spotted it on the Woodland Walk. I was lucky enough to get some fairly good photos of it which you can see here:

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I've never seen it since, though Duncan and I heard it calling on a trip there last year. It's one of my favourite birds and it's nice to know it can still be seen so close to where I live.

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7 years 4 months ago #25672 by JGB
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I saw the GHBS in the bush along the river opposite the succulent garden two weeks ago

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7 years 4 months ago #25674 by Jacques P
Jacques P replied the topic: Re: WSBG
Hi
Have anyone seen a Red-winged Francolin at the Gardens? And if so where, because I heard one can see these Francolins in the Witwatersrand Wild Flower area. There are also other Highveld species in this area.

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7 years 4 months ago #25679 by Rusty Justy
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I'll be heading out to WSBG tomorrow, hoping to pick up some new species for the gardens as well as add some butterflies to my list! :)

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7 years 4 months ago #25688 by Yolandé Oelsen
Yolandé Oelsen replied the topic: Re: WSBG
Hi Jacques - according to Birding Gauteng too, Red-winged Francolins are a possibility at WS, but I have never seen them nor even heard them call there. Not to say that they aren't there, but the fact that the gardens open so late I think plays a huge role.
As far as I understand they are up on the ridge, from entering, turn right towards the river crossing and then just continue straight on the coblled path, until there is a dirt path up the ridge - apparently that's their spot.

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7 years 4 months ago #25702 by JGB
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Justin, it is a little quiet as far as butterflies go at the moment. The best spot is the sucuulent garden, here there are a few [i:1svhvzzx]Lycaeninae[/i:1svhvzzx], [i:1svhvzzx]Pyrginae[/i:1svhvzzx] and [i:1svhvzzx]Hesperiinae[/i:1svhvzzx] flying about. Keep a look out for the Black Heart here. There are also still a few [i:1svhvzzx]Pierinae[/i:1svhvzzx] flying about the gardens. We also found a female Triman's Sapphire near the restaurant a few weeks back. Now if only I was not stuck at work <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> , I would have made a plan to join you.

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7 years 4 months ago #25709 by tchagra
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Hi All,

I have never seen or heard the Red Wing Francolin in the "fenced off confines" of the gardens, but my one and only sighting of this species was very early morning< in the open protea veld, behind the hill top adjoining the gardens (Krugersdorp side) about 18 months ago.
I heard this strange francolin calling at dawn and managed to get close enough for a reasonable sighting on foot. At the time they were in the more open grassland rather than in the hillside proteas (Approx coordinates 26 deg 04"31" S, 27 deg 48 " 39" E see google earth).

I guess that they are therefore a possibility in the gardens proper but it is a mission to get up onto the ridge from the WSNBG side and the 08h00 entry time probably gets you to the target area too late in the day to pick up the species calling.

I tried for this species at Suikerbosrand unsuccessfully 6 times and then got them whilst atlassing (Viva SABAP 2 ) 3 km from home. The same area also hosts Orange River Fancolin but again you need to be out early to hear them calling.

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Bruce Paterson

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