Friday, October 25, 2013

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


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 ;)


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

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

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:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Verreaux's Eagle aka African Black Eagle at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport, South Africa

Pullus Verraux's Eagle

Windy and rainy weather out there, here in Finland. Good excuse to practice some remote birding. I decided to go to South Africa this time. See what I found :) Pullus Verreaux's Eagle (Aquila verreauxii)! And bit later an adult arrived to nest too.

In addition to those, some unidentfied bird sounds... At least some Swift, sounded like Eurasian Swift (Apus apus), but I can't be sure about it yet. Also sounds that reminded me of Starling and many odd sounds...

Adult Verreaux's Eagle

The online camera link:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My remote birding life list in

My remote birding life list is now at, please take a look if you're interested:

Evenings are getting again dark up here in north, so the remote birding season is starting :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Birding trip to Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil

It's again winter up here and days are short so I have time for remote birding. Got three "lifers" today from Luciano Breves's cameras:

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sedentarius) (USA)

Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)

Female Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

From Ecuador via Brazil to South Africa, more new species seen and heard

During last days I've been lurking and peeking several webcams in South America and South Africa. Itamambuca Eco Resort webcam in South Brazil gave me two new species: Golden-chevroned Tanager (Thraupis ornata) and Half-collared Sparrow (Arremon semitorquatus). Both of these species were "awards" from persistent waiting - Itamambuca feeder is really quiet place...

Backyard of Luciano Breves, also in South Brazil, instead is a heaven for remote birder - lot's of birds all day round. New species from Luciano's feeders are all Hummingbirds: Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus), White-throated Hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis), Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura) and Saw-billed Hermit (Ramphodon naevius). Very nice hummers all!

Long-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus kingii), yet another nice hummingbird, visited the feeder at Buenaventura Reserve in Ecuador. There I have seen also almost every day two big unidentified hummingbird species, please see my earlier writing about them.

Africam cameras in turn gave totally different species: African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) in Tembe, Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyanus) in Nkorho and  Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii) in Elephant Plains. Plus several, for the time being unidentified bird sounds...

Female Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris) at the feeder of Luciano Breves

Golden-chevroned Tanagers (Thraupis ornata) at Itamambuca

And here again the links to cameras:

Luciano Breves's feeders:




Tuesday, February 2, 2010

From South Africa: Yellow Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Natal Spurfowl and Red-eyed Dove

Africam Elephant Plains camera is again up and running and it offered me today two new species: Natal Spurfowl (Pternistis natalensis) and Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata). Naturally there were many birds that I had identified also earlier, like Burchell's Coucals (Centropus burchellii) and many more.

Nkorho Pan webcam instead surprised me with Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava), which was calling long time close to microphone. Surprise was also Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo). Both are summer visitors in South Africa.

And below finally a decent photo of Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) in the back of Impala Antelope.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Some new birds seen at Nkorho and Tembe, South Africa

Quick visit to this morning gave me four new species: Pied Crow (Corvus albus) and Great White Egret (Egretta alba) in Tembe and Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) and White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis) in Nkorho. I have suspected White-throated Swallows many times in Nkorho, but only now I saw few birds well enough to confirm the identification. In addition to birds above, there was possibly a Guineafowl this morning in Nkorho, but I saw the bird too short time to confirm the identification.

In addition to birds there were many interesting mammals this morning in those webcams: 2 Elephants, Rhino, about 10 Wildebeests, 1 Warthog and some 25 Impalas.

To put it short: my best visit to so far!

Bald Eagles at their nests

Two Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in their nests in USA.The nest in upper photo is located in Blackwater Refuge, Maryland, and the other in Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia.

Links to these webcams:

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Big hummingbirds at Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador

EDIT: Finally, after two years, I've managed to identify these. Thanks to Dan McGehee and Larry Sirvio in Facebook group 340 Hummingbirds.

Photo 1. Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Photo 2. Also Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Photo 3.  Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris).

Photo 4. And the same Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hummingbird chaos at Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador

Oh my, I've been avoiding this cam but finally I decided to try.... and what a chaos of hummingbirds and other rain forest birds was waiting me there. Well, the World Land Trust HumminBird Identication Guide and Gyorgy Szimuly helped me identify some of them:

1.     White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)
2.     Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans)
3.     Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis)
4.     Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)
5.     Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
6.     Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
7.     Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Below is the first photo. The bird in the left is Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola),big black-headed green one is Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and the big hummingbird on the right is White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora).