Monday, 20 February 2012

Outing report- 19th February 2012 Ivungu River Conservancy

Attendees: Doug & Angie Butcher, Mike Fagan, Eric Kok, John Marchant, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Barrie Willis and Sue Hansbury. (9 attendees).

Once again the conservancy was looking excellent, with the trails in very good condition and little evidence of alien invaders.
A male Giant Kingfisher, with his rufous waistcoat, posed nicely on an exposed branch, allowing John and Doug to take a few photos (hopefully to follow). An African Goshawk was not happy with the presence of a pair of YBK's, so promptly mobbed them with little effect. A ''quack, quack'' from upstream soon revealed an African Black Duck as it flew downstream towards the falls and a Purple Heron lumbered away as we disturbed it on the near riverbank.
Needless to say, the 'resident' Lesser Honeyguide was happily klew-ing away in the picnic area as usual.
Unfortunately, the weather did not follow the planned forecast today, with us abandoning our visit shortly after breakfast, but we had been rewarded with some interesting sightings and interactions.

Birds recorded: Black-headed Oriole, Southern Black Flycatcher, Dark-capped Bulbul, Hadeda Ibis, Black-bellied Starling, Thick-billed Weaver, Purple-crested Turaco, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-billed Kite, Barn Swallow, African Goshawk, Giant Kingfisher, White-rumped Swift, Olive Sunbird, Sombre Greenbul, Tambourine Dove, Ashy Flycatcher, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Red-eyed Dove, African Firefinch, Terrestrial Brownbul, Spectacled Weaver, Burchell's Coucal, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Klaas's Cuckoo, Brown Scrub-Robin, African Black Duck, Bar-throated Apalis, White-breasted Cormorant, Green-backed Camaroptera, Dark-backed Weaver, Square-tailed Drongo, Speckled Mousebird, Southern Boubou, Natal Spurfowl, Knysna Turaco, Olive Thrush, Black-collared Barbet, Red-winged Starling, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Purple Heron, Egyptian Goose, Lesser Honeyguide, African Paradise-Flycatcher (44 species).

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