Monday, 17 December 2012

Outing report- 17th December 2012 Bird ringing

Photos & text Andy Ruffle

Umzumbe River floodplain December 2012
(Photo Andrew Pickles)

Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Eric Kok, Herbie & Jeanette Osborne, Andy Ruffle, Stephan Schoeman, Ron Whitham. (7 attendees).

It was originally planned to visit the Umzumbe Floodplain for today's ringing session, but as can be seen from Andrew's photo above, the floodplain is certainly living up to it's name at the moment.
Luckily, Andrew's home patch is always good as a backup, so he opted for there. Deferred from Sunday due to strong winds, Monday morning gave us ideal conditions.

African Pygmy-Kingfisher

African Pygmy-Kingfisher

Once again, we were able to hone our identification skills with close up views of some features which you may not pay much attention to in the field.

female Tambourine Dove
identified by the grey wash on the breast.
 The male is pure white.

male Black-backed Puffback
female Black-backed Puffback
Note the paler colour and white eye-brow. The female
also has a grey rump, not white.

Birds ringed: 64 Barn Swallows (caught at the roost the night before), 2x Green-backed Camaroptera, 4x Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, 1x Sombre Greenbul, 2x Black-backed Puffback, 1x African Pygmy-Kingfisher, 2x Lesser Striped-Swallow, 1x Tambourine Dove, 2x Cape White-eye, 1x Olive Sunbird. (80 birds, 10 species).
Birds re-captured: 1x Red-capped Robin-Chat, 1x Olive Sunbird, 1 x Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird. (3 birds, 3 species).

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