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Anne’s Birding Tours

During the first week of September our summer migrants made their appearance in the

Fish River Estuary in the East Cape - as pictured on the map below. Later in the month the

Barn Swallows, the Black Cuckoo and the Yellow Bishop birds arrived.

In October the common ringed plover was spotted in the East Kleinemonde river estuary, 

followed by the common greenshank being recorded in the Riet river estuary.

Nightjars - masters of camouflage

Species are so alike - identification is best by call or white wing

 and tail markings

Fiery-necked nightjars are ground nesters and when incubating they can easily be

overlooked due to their cryptic colouring that blends perfectly with the nest surroundings.

They also roost on the ground by day and only flush at the last moment. If threatened the

adult launches into the broken-wing distraction display.

A short bill and wide gape are surrounded by well developed rictal bristles that assist in

catching insects. A long tail and slender wings make for highly manoeuvrable flight to

pursue aerial prey.

The large eye is characteristic of nocturnal birds. They bulge giving all round vision. During

the day they close the eyes to a slit which helps avoid detection by intruders.

       Summer arrivals - Sept & Oct 2017

Here you’ll find the latest Birding News………

But first, please note the sightings reported here are all made in Anne’s Birding Tour area:

Port Alfred through Bathurst down to the Fish River mouth and back along the coast to Port

Alfred’s Kowie river mouth.

The habitats included in Anne’s area are unique in that many benefit from access to private

land and local game farms - ensuring your visit includes those special ‘out of the way’ places.

And, two new species in our area! Now 334 species!

Two new species have been identified by Anne in her Birding Tour area! The Ashy

Flycatcher and a Yellow Bishop. See them below.

Bathurst
Seafield
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river 
Anne’s Birding Tour area
  Common sandpiper   
  Sanderling   
Lesser striped swallow   
Great Fish river estuary
Spotted this summer so far: Waders: common whimbrel, sanderling & sandpiper Swifts: little and white-rumped Swallows: white-throated, lesser striped and Barn Yellow billed kite Common ringed plover & greenshank Black cuckoo Paradise flycatcher Grey Plover

Ashy Flycatcher

Yellow Bishop

Summer arrivals

Sept & Oct 2017

Anne’s Birding Tours
Bathurst
Seafield
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river 

 Anne’s Birding Tour area

Nightjars - masters of

camouflage

Species are so alike - identification is

best by call or tail markings

Fiery-necked nightjars are ground nesters

and when incubating they can easily be

overlooked due to their cryptic colouring

that blends perfectly with the nest

surroundings. They also roost on the ground

by day and only flush at the last moment. If

threatened the adult launches into the

broken-wing distraction display.

A short bill and wide gape are surrounded

by well developed rictal bristles that assist in

catching insects. A long tail and slender

wings make for highly manoeuvrable flight

to pursue aerial prey.

The large eye is characteristic of nocturnal

birds. They bulge giving all round vision.

During the day they close the eyes to a slit

which helps avoid detection by intruders.

Here you’ll find the latest

Birding News………

But first, please note the sightings reported

here are all made in Anne’s Birding Tour

area:

Port Alfred through Bathurst down to the Fish

River mouth and back along the coast to Port

Alfred’s Kowie river mouth.

The habitats included in Anne’s area are

unique in that many benefit from access to

private land and local game farms - ensuring

your visit includes those special ‘out of the

way’ places.

And, two new species in

our area! Now 334

species!

Two new species have been identified by

Anne in her Birding Tour area! The Ashy

Flycatcher and a Yellow Bishop. See them

below.

Ashy Flycatcher

Yellow Bishop

During the first week of September our summer

migrants made their appearance in the Fish River

Estuary in the East Cape - as pictured on the map

below. Later in the month the Barn Swallows, the

Black Cuckoo and the Yellow Bishop birds

arrived.

In October the common ringed plover was

spotted in the East Kleinemonde river estuary, 

followed by the common greenshank being

recorded in the Riet river estuary.

  Common    sandpiper   
  Sanderling   
Lesser striped  swallow   
   Great Fish  river estuary
Spotted this summer so far: Waders: common whimbrel, sanderling & sandpiper Swifts: little and white-rumped Swallows: white-throated, lesser striped and Barn Yellow billed kite Common ringed plover & greenshank Black cuckoo Paradise flycatcher Grey Plover