Sunday, 14 June 2015

Outing report- 14 June 2015 Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

Text & photos by Hazel van Rooyen

Attendees: Herbie & Jeanette Osborne, Stan & Val Culley, Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury, Eric Kok, Sandy Olver, Richard Johnstone, Doug & Angie Butcher,  Bob & Hazel van Rooyen , Graham & Patricia Pirie, Willie van Zyl, Walter Kok, plus a couple touring the country from Knysna

Our 6.30 arrival coincided with a beautiful sunrise.  Taking a slow drive from the main road up to the entrance, we met up with Sandy who had arrived before us.
We proceeded into the reserve and stopped a short way up, groups going in different directions and a variety of birds were seen including a Yellow-throated Longclaw.

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Moving on, we stopped at the dam where some discussion took place over several Black Swifts.  Breakfast was enjoyed and Herbie took this opportunity to obtain signatures from members in order to ratify the club’s new Constitution.  This over,  people again went different ways, some chasing butterflies (as our butterfly specialist, Richard was with us) some looking for the elusive Short-tailed Pipit (sadly without luck), some just looking.

Layman Butterfly

Although it seemed a quiet day, a reputable list of birds was produced, thanks to Sandy and an enjoyable braai followed with much camaraderie.

Birds recorded: Red-capped Robin-Chat, Cape Glossy Starling, Dark-capped Bulbul, Southern Black Flycatcher, Square-tailed Drongo, Red-eyed Dove, Sombre Greenbul, Spur-winged Goose, Dusky Flycatcher, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Tambourine Dove, Green-backed Camaroptera, Olive Sunbird, Yellow-fronted Canary, Black-collared Barbet, Amethyst Sunbird, Red-backed Mannikin, Cape White-eye, Fork-tailed Drongo, Dark-backed Weaver, Ashy Flycatcher, Cape Batis, Brimstone Canary, African Goshawk, Cape Robin-chat, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Collared Sunbird, Trumpeter Hornbill, Green Wood-hoopoe, Little Bee-eater, Long-crested Eagle, Common Fiscal, Reed Cormorant, African Black Swift, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Cape Longclaw, Southern Black Tit, Redthroated Wryneck, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Hadeda Ibis, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Little Swift, Grey Sunbird, African Stone-chat, Rock Martin, White-rumped Swift, Black-headed Oriole, African Fish Eagle, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Common Waxbill, Malachite Sunbird, Croaking Cisticola, Lazy Cisticola, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Southern Boubou, Black-backed Puffback, Striped Pipit. (62 species)

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