Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Outing report- 11th May 2014 Uvongo River Conservancy

Photos and text by Andy Ruffle (unless otherwise credited)

Attendees: Doug & Angie Butcher; Stan & Val Culley; Stanley Gengan, Eric Kok, Roger & Lilliene Linter; Vaughan Meyrick, Hazel Parry, Andy Ruffle, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen. (13 attendees).

Another good morning's birding at Uvongo River Conservancy.
We had a promising start when Stan spotted a Goliath Heron on the river. They have been recorded in the reserve before, but it was nice to see this bird at close quarters.

The highlight of the day, this Goliath Heron
(Photo Stan Culley)

Olive and especially Grey Sunbirds were going crazy this morning. The latter showing off it's red pectoral feathers regularly. Quite a few African Black Duck were also seen flying up and down the river.
Sadly, African Finfoot and Spotted Ground-Thrush eluded us on this visit.
We did still notch up a respectable 57 species for the morning.

Birds recorded: Black-headed Oriole, Purple-crested Turaco, Dark-capped Bulbul, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Red-eyed Dove, Green Wood-Hoopoe, Goliath Heron, Red-capped Robin-Chat, African Black Duck, Giant Kingfisher, Southern Boubou, Spur-winged Goose, Egyptian Goose, Reed Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck, Black-collared Barbet, Square-tailed Drongo, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Collared Sunbird, Southern Black Flycatcher, Hadeda Ibis, Olive Sunbird, Common Myna, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Terrestrial Brownbul, Sombre Greenbul, Green-backed Camaroptera, Spectacled Weaver, Olive Thrush, Grey Sunbird, Fork-tailed Drongo, Black-backed Puffback, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-billed Firefinch, Amethyst Sunbird, Ashy Flycatcher, Tambourine Dove, Dark-backed Weaver, Cape White-eye, Knysna Turaco, Black Saw-wing, Chinspot Batis, Pied Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, White-breasted Cormorant, Black-bellied Starling, Pied Crow, Bronze Mannikin, Water Thick-knee, Laughing Dove, Village Weaver, Yellow-fronted Canary, Speckled Mousebird, Red-winged Starling, Natal Spurfowl. (57 species).

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