Pamela Kleiman – Connington Farm
A very quiet month as far as creatures and plants go, however, being an atlasser it was great to see the start of the migrant birds coming into the area.
Early in the month I was pleased to see quite a large group of Cape Vultures near the Connington road from Rosetta. They seemed to be feeding on something small hidden under some willow trees in a small gully where they were joined by a Yellow-billed Kite and some Pied Crows.
There have been a lot of young Jackal Buzzards around, some of them with very confusing colour variations
Down my end of the valley I usually only see Southern Red Bishops so was nice to see some Yellow Bishops for a change – still in their Winter plumage
Cape Longclaw one of my favourites – just love their kitten-like mewing call
The first signs of Spring
Two early migrants, Yellow-billed Kite and White-throated Swallow
A first record for pentad 2915_2950 was a Squacco Heron
Egyptian Geese and Common Moorhen in amongst the water lilies
The male Village Weavers are suddenly in full summer plumage and looking so dapper
Hlatikulu Conservancy Area by Pamela Kleiman
The mountains were looking splendid in their covering of snow earlier in the month.
A lucky close sighting of a pair of Oribi
A few early flowers after the fire season
I unexpectedly found this pair of Denham’s Bustards on a recently burnt hill
A pair of Ground Woodpeckers flew out of holes in the road cutting as I drove past
I have come across Sentinel Rock Thrush in a few places now
I often see Buff-streaked Chats I the area
It’s not too often I get to see a Red-throated Wryneck out in the open, let alone get a reasonable photo of one!