Friday, October 25, 2013

Birds at South Africa & Botswana 23.10.2013 - 27.10.2013, got 20 remote lifers

23.10.2013

I will stay now at Tembe / Nkorho Pan / Idube / Elephant Plains and Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, South Africa plus excellent Pete's Pond at Botswana for few days and try to identify all the birds I hear and see there. I opened the window to Nkorho Pan at 18:30. Lot's of bird sounds, many familiar to me but can't remember all the species anymore... But, at least some identifications:

1) Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus) - at Nkorho Pan, new species, #81, for me, good start!
2) Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) - two in the pond at Nkorho Pan
3) Common Swift (Apus apus) - flight calls at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport, #82

Water Thick-knee in front and two Egyptian Geese

3) Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) - calling loud somewhere close at Idube, new species, #83
4) African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis) - calling far at Elephant Plains, #84

Off to bed att 22:30, looking forward to morning ;)

24.10.2013

Window to South Africa was open from 09:00 untill 21:30

5) Verreaux's Eagle (Aquila verreauxii) - at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport
6) Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) - calling at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport, #85
7) Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana) - singing at Idube, #86
8) Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) - one in the back of Hippo at Idube
9) Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) - calling far in the background at Idube, #87
10) Senegal Lapwing (Vanellus lugubris) - sounds at Elephant Plains, #88
11) Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola) - sounds at Elephant Plains
12) Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) - singing at Elephant Plains
13) Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) - singing at Elephant Plains, #89
14) Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) - calls at Elephant Plains, #90
15) Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) - calls at Idube, #91
16) Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus) - singed once at Elephant Plains 

Hadada Ibis at Pete's Pond
 25.10.2013


17) Burchell's Coucal (Centropus burchellii) - calls at Nkorho Pan
18) Brown-headed Parrot (Poiocephalus cryptoxanthus) - calls near Nkorho Pan camera, #92
19) Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) - calls at Elephant Plains, #93
20) Red-faced Cisticola (Cisticola erythrops) - calls at Elephant Plains, #94
21) Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis) - calls close to Nkorho cam, #95
22) Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla) - singing at Nkorho Pan, #96
23) Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) - one visited at Nkorho Pan, beautiful!, #97
24) Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias Caudata) - 2 at Nkorho, cool!, #98
25) Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) - sounds at Pete's Pond on Mashatu, Botswana, at 22:20
26) Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis)  - one calling at Idube, at 23:30

Blacksmith Lapwings, at Pete's Pond
 26.10.2013

27) Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) - lot's of sounds at Pete's Pond, #99
28) Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus) - 2 at Pete's Pond, #100
29) Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) - 1 calling at Pete's Pond, #101

In addition to those, still several unidentified bird sounds... I hope to identify them later.
Some of them are now in my SoundCloud page:
- https://soundcloud.com/olli-haukkovaara/sounds-from-idube-online-cam
- https://soundcloud.com/olli-haukkovaara/sounds-from-elephant-plains
- https://soundcloud.com/olli-haukkovaara/sounds-from-nkorho-pan-at

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