Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng

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8 years 2 months ago #12742 by Dave Shedman
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We've been to Roodeplaat just three times but got lifers every time, though that's not difficult with a list as small as ours (161 at time of writing). Anyway, here's a list of what we have seen there so far.

Blue Waxbill
Green Winged Pytilia (Melba Finch)
Southern Masked Weaver
Cape Weaver
Laughing Dove
Red Eyed Dove
Cape Turtle Dove
Speckled Rock Pigeon
Crimson Breasted Shrike
Fiscal Flycatcher
Southern Boubou
Red Billed Hornbill
Gabar Goshawk
White Breasted Cormorant
White Faced Duck
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Black Headed Heron
Common Moorhen
Purple Gallinule
African Jacana
Egyptian Goose
Dark Capped Bulbul
White Browed Scrub Robin
Cape Robin Chat
Black Collared Barbet
Crested Barbet
Long Billed Crombec
White Bellied Sunbird
Amethyst Sunbird
Fork Tailed Drongo
Crested Francolin
Cape White Eye
Common Myna
Grey Go Away Bird
Speckled Mousebird
Red Faced Mousebird
House Sparrow
Cape Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher
Black Chested Prinia
Tawny Flanked Prinia
Greater Striped Swallow
Cape Glossy Starling
Wattled Starling
Crowned Plover
Blacksmith Plover
Three Banded Plover
Red Knobbed Coot
Little Grebe (Dabchick)
Hadeda Ibis
Streaky Headed Seedeater
Cape Wagtail
Golden Breasted Bunting
Wood Sandpiper
White Browed Sparrow Weaver

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8 years 2 months ago #12745 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng
A good list, and the migrants are not even back yet. You should try and get back there late October, things are really buzzing then. Last season there was even a Honeybuzzard recorded! Unfortunately we didn't get to see it, so we're hoping that it will return this season.

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8 years 2 months ago #12748 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng
We've generally gone there in winter because we're both fair skinned (Mariana's blonde and I'm a redhead - no hair, just a red head!) and struggle in the mid-summer high temperatures. However, as we can get there in an hour from here (if we use the Krugersdorp Highway and avoid the worst of the never-ending N1 roadworks) we decided we'll make a couple of trips in summer and arrive at 6am when it opens, to give us a few hours birding before the temperature outside the car gets unbearable. Would love to see the Honey Buzzard, whereabouts in the reserve was it? We have no buzzards on our SA list yet and only one on our world list (the Common Buzzards I saw from my garden in Edinburgh) so any buzzard would be a lifer for us.

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8 years 2 months ago #12750 by wildtuinman
wildtuinman replied the topic: Re: Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng
Roodeplaat dam is a lovely spot!

I was fortunate enough to bird it twice in the last three weekends and I had some nice sightings of four not so easy to find species: Burnt-necked Eremomela, Marico Sunbird, Coqui Francolin and Jameson's Firefinch.

I also heard Fiery-necked Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar, in the reserve and Blue Crane calling outside not too far from the main gate. :)

One of my favorite birding spots, no doubt.

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8 years 2 months ago #12752 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng
Definitely one of our favourites too, even after only three visits. If our bird call recognition skills were anything beyond very basic (which they're not - sorry Doug!) we would have a bigger list for there. Heard a lot of birds we didn't recognise yesterday, and some we thought we recognised but weren't sure. The main thing we like about it is that all the roads are brick paved, which makes it easily accessible in our little Kia Picanto!

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