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Anne’s Birding Tours

Nightjars - masters of camouflage

Species are so alike - identification is best by call or white wing

 and tail markings

Fiery-necked nightjars are ground nesters and when incubating they can easily be

overlooked due to their cryptic colouring that blends perfectly with the nest surroundings.

They also roost on the ground by day and only flush at the last moment. If threatened the

adult launches into the broken-wing distraction display.

A short bill and wide gape are surrounded by well developed rictal bristles that assist in

catching insects. A long tail and slender wings make for highly manoeuvrable flight to

pursue aerial prey.

The large eye is characteristic of nocturnal birds. They bulge giving all round vision. During

the day they close the eyes to a slit which helps avoid detection by intruders.

Here you’ll find the latest Birding News………

But first, please note the sightings reported here are all made in Anne’s Birding Tour

area:

Port Alfred through Bathurst down to the Fish River mouth and back along the coast to

Port Alfred’s Kowie river mouth.

The habitats included in Anne’s area are unique in that many benefit from access to

private land and local game farms - ensuring your visit includes those special ‘out of the

way’ places.

Now 335 species!

New species sighted and identified by Anne in her Birding Tour area!

                                          Its the Caspian Plover pictured below.

It becomes increasingly more difficult to sight new species in our area as our ‘spotting

records’ approach saturation. Spotting a new visitor has become an experience of some

note! Only nomadic movements or ‘out of range’ visitors can do the trick now! And this

335th spotting was quite the prize on March 17th 2018

Bathurst
Seafield
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river 

Anne’s Birding Tour area

Great Fish river
0n the 2nd August 2018 - the Little swift

The first of the summer migrants has put in an

appearance..

Riet river
Little swift
Anne’s Birding Tours
Bathurst
Seafield
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river 

Nightjars - masters of

camouflage

Species are so alike - identification is

best by call or tail markings

Fiery-necked nightjars are ground nesters

and when incubating they can easily be

overlooked due to their cryptic colouring

that blends perfectly with the nest

surroundings. They also roost on the ground

by day and only flush at the last moment. If

threatened the adult launches into the

broken-wing distraction display.

A short bill and wide gape are surrounded

by well developed rictal bristles that assist in

catching insects. A long tail and slender

wings make for highly manoeuvrable flight

to pursue aerial prey.

The large eye is characteristic of nocturnal

birds. They bulge giving all round vision.

During the day they close the eyes to a slit

which helps avoid detection by intruders.

Here you’ll find the latest

Birding News………

But first, please note the sightings reported

here are all made in Anne’s Birding Tour

area:

Port Alfred through Bathurst down to the

Fish River mouth and back along the coast to

Port Alfred’s Kowie river mouth.

The habitats included in Anne’s area are

unique in that many benefit from access to

private land and local game farms - ensuring

your visit includes those special ‘out of the

way’ places.

Now 335 species!

New species sighted and identified by Anne

in her Birding Tour area!

     Its the Caspian Plover pictured below.

It becomes increasingly more difficult to

sight new species in our area as our ‘spotting

records’ approach saturation. Spotting a new

visitor has become an experience of some

note! Only nomadic movements or ‘out of

range’ visitors can do the trick now! And this

335th spotting was quite the prize on March

17th 2018

Anne’s Birding Tour area

Great Fish river
0n the 2nd August 2018 - the Little swift
Riet river 
Little swift

The first of the summer

migrants has put in an

appearance..