Anne’s Birding Tours

* 7th RECORDED VISIT FOR SOUTH AFRICA! *

White-throated Bee-eater

What a way to start 2020 – sighting a rare vagrant, the White-throated Bee-eater at Riet River on 5 th January. This mega tick brought my local list where I conduct my birdwatching tours to 367. This was only the 7 th record for South Africa, the first being in December 1988. Unfortunately it was in a light drizzle and very poor light so I was unable to get decent photos but Vonny Strachan kindly allowed me to use hers which she got the previous day. It has a striking black and white head. White chin and throat have a black band below and the rest of the bird is a combination of cinnamon, ochre, olive green, blue and grey making it quite exquisite especially in flight. They have a characteristic chattering call. The female has shorter tail streamers than the male. Mostly in small flocks that hunt insects from a perch or among foraging animals that help flush prey. They breed just south of the Sahara from Senegal in the west to Somalia in the east. In winter they migrate south to the Equatorial rain forest edges.

Migrant News - our latest summer migrant arrivals

November 21st - Sanderling - Kleinemonde beach

November 22nd - Common sandpiper, grey plover - Fish River estuary

November 24th - Common buzzard - South Seas area

December 18th - White Storks - Bellevue farm, Fish River lighthouse road & Ruff - Kleinemonde

river

December 28th - Ruddy Turnstone - Kleinemonde beach

December 22nd - Greater striped swallow - Riet River

January 8th 2020 - Red - backed shrike - Tharfield farm

Riet River
Pomeroy Game Reserve
South Seas area
Kleinemonde estuaries
Shaw Park area
Kleinemonde point
Great Fish River mouth

Ruddy Turnstone

Red-backed shrike (f)

Tharfield farm

Breeding News - Black-winged stilt, below - has the longest legs of

any bird per body ratio

Youngster concealed under mothers wing - emerging & off to explore

Chick hiding

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* 7th RECORDED VISIT FOR

SOUTH AFRICA! *

White-throated Bee-eater

What a way to start 2020 – sighting a rare vagrant, the White-throated Bee-eater at Riet River on 5 th January. This mega tick brought my local list where I conduct my birdwatching tours to 367. This was only the 7 th record for South Africa, the first being in December 1988. Unfortunately it was in a light drizzle and very poor light so I was unable to get decent photos but Vonny Strachan kindly allowed me to use hers which she got the previous day. It has a striking black and white head. White chin and throat have a black band below and the rest of the bird is a combination of cinnamon, ochre, olive green, blue and grey making it quite exquisite especially in flight. They have a characteristic chattering call. The female has shorter tail streamers than the male. Mostly in small flocks that hunt insects from a perch or among foraging animals that help flush prey. They breed just south of the Sahara from Senegal in the west to Somalia in the east. In winter they migrate south to the Equatorial rain forest edges.

Migrant News - our latest summer

migrant arrivals

November 21st - Sanderling - Kleinemonde beach

November 22nd - Common sandpiper, grey plover -

Fish river estuary

November 24th - Common buzzard - South Seas area

December 18th - White Storks - Bellevue farm, Fish

river lighthouse road & Ruff - Kleinemonde river

December 18th - Ruddy Turnstone - Kleinemonde

beach

December 22nd - Greater striped swallow - Riet river

January 8th 2020 - Red - backed shrike - Tharfield

farm

Riet river
Pomeroy Game Reserve
South Seas area
Kleinemonde estuaries
Shaw Park area
Kleinemonde point
Great Fish river mouth

Ruddy Turnstone

Red-backed

shrike (f)

Tharfield farm

Breeding News - Black-winged stilt,

below - has the longest legs of any

bird per body ratio

Youngster concealed under mothers wing - emerging &

exploring