Kamberg Wildlife Sightings – July 2016

Pamela Kleiman of Connington Farm

 

 

The month started off with freezing weather and frost to the top of the Oaks the first weekend. After some lovely rain a few weeks later – we recorded 74mms – it was time to burn the veld

 

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We were surprised when the farm dogs found a very young Duiker in the farm hedge. Fortunately it managed to escape and ran into the fields where we later saw a pair of Duiker – he trying to mate and she just not interested.

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The only other mammals seen on the farm were a striped Mouse – ? Xeric four-striped Grass Mouse ?

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the occasional Reedbuck and Jackal called most early evenings

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Not too many insects around, but I did manage to capture a single African White butterfly female.

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Early in the month I took a trip to the western area of the conservancy and was happy to discover the Cape Vulture roosting site near Kamberg.

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Some of the special birds I encountered:

Drakensberg Prinia,

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Drakensberg Prinia

Southern Black Tit that was very active in the garden this month.

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Southern Black Tit

A Fork-tailed Drongo that was trying to devour a mouse it had caught – a very unusual sighting.

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Fork-tailed Drongo

During the last week of the month the Yellow-billed Egrets started appearing.

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Yellow-billed Egret

Purple Heron eyeballing a cow

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Purple Heron

A Dark-capped Bulbul discovering the suet I had just put out in my new bird feeder – available from the RNR Conservancy stand at the Rosetta Market.

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Dark-capped Bulbul

As an Atlasser based on Connington Farm in the Kamberg Conservancy, I get around to various areas in the district. I discovered the Hlatikhulu Conservancy sign the other day so have decided to add my bit. Unfortunately I am not sure of the boundaries of this conservancy, so I have only incorporated sightings near and west of the sign.

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Some of the species I saw were Jackal Buzzard, Southern Red Bishop, a group of about 10 Pin-tailed Whydahs, a distant male Mocking Cliff-chat, Sentinel Rock-thrush,

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Male Sentinel Rock-thrush

Red-capped Lark,

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Red-capped Lark

Male Anteating Chat showing his white shoulder,

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Anteating Chat

2 Secretarybirds in 2 different areas, this is a photograph of a young Secretarybird with a damaged wing,

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Young Secretarybird with a damaged wing

Pied Kingfisher,

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Pied Kingfisher

African Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed Heron, African Stonechat, Pied Starling, Buff-streaked Chat, Cape Vulture and a Barn Owl that must have died an awful death.

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Barn Owl

It had just caught a few wing feathers on the barb of a barb-wired fence and was unable to free itself.

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Barn Owl caught in a fence

As it is midwinter and very dry I look forward to Spring and Summer to discover other gems in this area.

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