Pamela Ellenberger Kleiman
Being new to the district I hope to be able to contribute sightings occasionally from the Kamberg Conservancy.
A view from the D450 across the hill where 2 farmers regularly put out carcasses for the Vultures. As an atlasser I have seen a group of up to 40+ individuals flying in the area.
During the first 2 weeks of May I was privileged to see a large flock of Southern Bald Ibis in 4 different areas, the main one along the D450
I see this pair of Grey Crowned Cranes regularly along our valley which has a series of farm dams in it.
I love the name Groundscraper Thrush. The only time I have seen them they have been calling from the top of the tallest trees!
Red-throated Wryneck, a permanent visitor to my garden.
During May the Black-headed Oriole was often in the garden. Now in June I no longer hear it.
African Harrier-hawk is often seen in the Oak trees along our valley much to the annoyance of many of the small birds.
Just a picture of a Long-crested Eagle giving the eye to two Hadedas.
On the 23rd May there were still White Storks around despite the fact that we had already had a few mornings of quite heavy frost.
Hottentot Teal that were a new atlas recording for our area.
On the road to Fairview farm I recorded 2 pairs and 2 individual Secretarybirds last week.
Buff-streaked Chat. This is a Species I am delighted to be finding more and more often in our area.
There is an ever present flock of White-faced Whistling Ducks on ponds on one of our dairy farms.
Another new atlas recording – rather a bad shot, unfortunately of a Black Crake on Connington’s small dam.
This Denham’s Bustard was also another new atlas recording which I saw along the main road to Kamberg.
It is such a pleasure to have a pair of Lanner Falcons on Connington. They give me the occasional fly-past.
High up on grass veld last week I was surprised to find 6 Wattled Crane – such beautiful creatures.
A very skittish and unexpected visitor to my garden on Connington this week was a Black Sparrowhawk, only just managed this record shot before it flew off.
Great to be back in the country and be able to see Duiker wandering across the fields in front of my cottage.
June 21st. Full moon breaking through the cloud.