Birding big year in the US
“It’s a Big Year for Dr. John Spahr, a pathologist who retired from Augusta Health last year, and he’s spending 2010 doing one of his favorite things: birding. “They’re colorful. They fly. They’re just fascinating,” said Spahr, who explains that birding is more than casually [...]
Margaret Maciver has spotted 8 African Openbills at the entrance to Strandfontein Sewage Works. Here’s her original note from Cape Bird Net:
This morning around 10am I saw 8 Openbilled Storks just before the entrance to Strandfontein. Managed to get all 8 in one photo for proof, but its an awful picture! Up [...]
Since my recent post about the African Openbills and Acacia Pied Barbet at Die Oog I’ve received a lot of requests about directions to the reserve. Here’s a map:
Here’s a video that runs through a variety of bird displays. Has anyone ever seen grebes displaying like that? It must rank amongst the top birding experiences. Something I’ve always wanted to see is a raptor cartwheel display. I’ve missed one by 10 seconds, which adds to the desire…
For those with slow internet connections [...]
I’ve been a bit slow in catching up with all of these African Openbill records so I decided to remedy this by visiting Die Oog in Bergvliet, Cape Town on Saturday evening. Die Oog is a small wetland reserve in suburban Bergvliet, not far from the M3 highway.
The reserve has, and I [...]
The majority of responses say this bird is a young African Hawk Eagle, however there are a few who feel it’s a Booted Eagle. Stephanus Buys has included a photo of a Booted Eagle (bottom photo) for comparison.
Debbie Powell took this photo in the Pilansberg last week. She would like the identity [...]
All birders should watch this video, it’s truly phenomenal!
For those with slow internet connections I suggest playing the video then pausing it immediately. Wait for it to load completely (wait for the red line to reach the end) and then play it.
Continuing from previous posts about birding in and around Cape Town, a good birding spot that is very close (walking distance) to the V&A Waterfront and the new 2010 World Cup Football stadium is Mouille Point beach. The site is probably best known amongst local birders for its historical records of Greater Sheathbill, but actually [...]
While birding at Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve on Saturday I was surprised to bump into an albino Speckled Mousebird. The bird was seen close to the reserve office – see map below – and was very obvious amongst its grey team mates.
It wasn’t particularly obliging, but you get the idea from the [...]