White backed night heron

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6 years 10 months ago #40437 by mossie
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Hi All

I believe there is a pair of white backed night heron nesting in the Keurbooms estuary in Plettenberg bay. Does anybody know the exact location where they are roosting?

I guess the rest of my shopping list for the area is:

Knysna warbler
Victorins warbler
Black winged lapwing
Rufus chested sparrowhawk
Southern Chagra

So a comment on those would also help.

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6 years 10 months ago #40457 by arty
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hey bud
take the boat trip,he shows you where they are roosting and also catch the show at eagle encounters at the heath on the way to knysna,dennis gives a good show and is doing good work and needs support.

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6 years 10 months ago #40844 by brucews
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For Black-winged lapwing, try the road to the Plett airport. Once you pass airport on your left(heading in Knysna direction from Plett) look in any open fields with small yellow flowers on left and right for about 3 kms. Once you reach the sharp bend to the right turn back.

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6 years 9 months ago #43225 by mossie
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Hi Warren and Bruce

Thanks for the feedback.

I bumped into both ferry operators at Keurbooms. The guy who operates from the campsite would struggle to separate an ostrich from a zitting cisticola, but the other operator whom I assume you are referring too, seemed grumpy and disinterested. He said that the herons are possibly still around, but that he has no idea where they are currently roosting.

As for the Black winged lapwings... found the road, passed the airport and scanned all the fields with little yellow flowers. Managed to see lots of crowned lapwings and blacksmith lapwings, but no black winged :(

From a birding prospective, Dennis at Raptor encounters was a joy to chat too, and if you want to photograph some of these raptors in flight, it is well worth visiting. If you go out of season you may have a show to yourself to help set up that ultimate photo....

With that said, even with a 7D and L lens, I didn't manage a single shot of the Lanner in flight. What speed!!! and frustration <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: -->

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