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 :)