Brian and Janet Ellis were recently (24 February 2010) in Cape Town on a Birding Africa day trip when they mentioned to Otto Schmidt (their guide) that they had seen an interesting looking Rock-thrush at the Upper Cable Station on Table Mountain. Brian, a keen photographer, sent the photos below to Otto who forwarded them on to Ass. Prof. Peter Ryan for comment. Peter’s comments were:
Definitely a Sentinel – presumably a juv male moulting into adult plumage, although the old plumage looks rather odd
Sentinel Rock-thrush is a relatively scarce bird on the Cape Peninsula and I don’t know of any other records from this area of the mountain.
Has anyone else recently recorded Sentinel Rock-thrush on Table Mountain or the Cape Peninsula?
Thanks Brian and Otto.