Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Outing report- 16th March 2014 Gaze Farm, Port Edward

Photos and text by Andy Ruffle

Clearwater Dam

Attendees: Doug & Angie Butcher, Stan & Val Culley; Stanley & Asothie Gengan; Vic & Kay Neilson; Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen; Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury. (14 attendees).

Another very pleasant outing to Gaze Farm today, with some six species added to the club list (highlighted in red below) for the venue.
An added bonus was the new Culley's Dam, which has been constructed on Stan & Val's property. This will prove to be a very special birding spot in the future we think.

The new Culley's Dam with it's visitor centre

The hide is a converted pump-house

Stanley in the hide, hoping for that Baillon's Crake

Birds recorded: Red-eyed Dove, Hadeda Ibis, Sombre Greenbul, Black-collared Barbet, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Village Weaver, Dark-capped Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Black-bellied Starling, Collared Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Brown Scrub-Robin, Chorister Robin-Chat, Purple-crested Turaco, Tambourine Dove, Black-headed Oriole, Common Fiscal, Amethyst Sunbird, Black-crowned Tchagra, Yellow-fronted Canary, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Black Sparrowhawk, Fork-tailed Drongo, Olive Sunbird, Yellow-billed Duck, Black-headed Heron, White-faced Duck, Common Moorhen, African Jacana, Egyptian Goose, Knysna Turaco, Red-winged Starling, Burchell's Coucal, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, Natal Spurfowl, Little Grebe, Black Saw-wing, Malachite Kingfisher, White-throated Swallow, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Southern Boubou, White-necked Raven, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Speckled Mousebird, Bronze Mannikin.(47 species).

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