Kamberg & Hlatikulu Sightings – January 2017

Kamberg January 2017 – By Pam Kleiman

I enjoyed watching numerous White Storks around the district

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White Stork

The first of the Common Moorhen chicks seen on the small dam on Connington farm

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Common Moorhen

A little Dark-capped Yellow Warbler drying off after a bath

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Long-crested Eagle. I have yet to discover where these birds nest.

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Long-crested Eagle

IMG 7585 Great excitement as I drove out from the farm on the 10th. Sitting on the Escom wires were three Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters. This is a bird rarely seen in the KZN Midlands.

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Blue-cheaked Bee-eater

A Spotted Flycatcher I saw purely by chance as it darted out of dense foliage to catch an insect

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Spotted Flycatcher

A rather intense stare from a Cape Weaver

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Cape Weaver

IMG 7962 This month I started seeing Amur Falcons around the area. Amazing to think that these small birds migrate all the way from northern China every year

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Amur Falcon

IMG 7970 A male Southern Red Bishop showing off his beautiful Summer plumage

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Southern Red Bishop (male)

A few butterflies in the garden

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Small patches of the beautiful Hesperantha coccinea seen along the banks of a crystal clear stream.

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Hesperantha coccinea

Hlatikulu Conservancy January 2017 – By Pam Kleiman

On my rounds recording the birds for SABAP2 I so enjoy being able to take photos of what I see in order to share them on this forum. I do hope you enjoy rambling with me!

Bar-throated Apalis, a species I only ever see in one spot along the road from Mooi River to Hlatikulu

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Bar-throated Apalis

An unexpected find in a swampy area covered in tall grasses – Cuckoo Finch

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Cuckoo Finch

A little bird that has coined the nickname “Bumble-bee bird” for obvious reasons. A male Yellow-crowned Bishop

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Yellow-crowned Bishop (male)

I was rather surprised to find a pair of Ostriches along the road to the Crane sanctuary.

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Ostrich (male and female)

Western Osprey another favourite species seen occasionally on our dams in Summer

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Western Osprey

A short parade by a Red-necked Spurfowl on the road in front of my vehicle

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Red-necked Spurfowl

A small group of young Cape Longclaws were fluffed-up against the wind on a high, grassy slope

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Cape Longclaw

I don’t see too many mammals on my travels, but do see the occasional Dassie / Rock hyrax

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Dassie / Rock Hyrax

Brunsvigia natalensis – a solitary plant at the side of the road

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Brunsvigia natalensis

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Brunsvigia natalensis

A summer flowering aloe just past it’s prime

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Aloe

One of the few orchids I have seen this month. I think this is Satyrium longicauda

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Satyrium longicauda

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Satyrium longicauda

Vlei Orchid – ? Satyrium hallackii

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Vlei Orchid – ? Satyrium hallackii

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