Adolf, Albert and I headed off early on the morning of the 5th May to try and find some of these elusive beasts for the year lists. Albert was on the hunt for some lifers and Adolf for some photo lifers (Adolf only ticks birds that he can capture on camera). They weren't too disappointed as the birds were out in force for the day with some really nice birds. Flappet Lark was calling and displaying over the grassland not far from the R25 tar road to Groblersdal. I had heard Shelley's Francolin calling the weekend before when I had visited with my wife but they were quiet today or foraging further afield. Green-capped Eremomela were heard near the Parks offices and we managed to get good views and captured a few images. Not real classy shots however. I call these Proctographs for obvious reasons.
A Lizard Buzzard called briefly and then flew over our heads to sit deep in the shade of a fairly leafy tree.
|Southern Black Flycatcher|
|Chinspot Batis Male|
|Mocking Cliff-Chat Female|
|Short-toed Rock-Thrush Female|
|Mountain Reedbuck Male (trying his best to look like the Springbok Rugby emblem)|
It's amazing how bird dynamics work as just a week before I had visited the same area and saw other birds that did not feature in this days list. For example, Half-collared Kingfisher, Southern Black Tit, a pair of Lanner Falcon harassing a Pied Crow, Little Bee-eaters, Lazy Cisticola, Buff-streaked Chat, Cape Rock-Thrush and Wailing Cisticola were all seen on that day.
Until next time, happy birding!!