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Anne’s Birding Tours

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.

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.

Now 335 species!

New species sighted and identified by Anne in her Birding Tour area!

                                          Its the Caspian Plover pictured below.

It becomes increasingly more difficult to sight new species in our area as our ‘spotting

records’ approach saturation. Spotting a new visitor has become an experience of some

note! Only nomadic movements or ‘out of range’ visitors can do the trick now! And this

335th spotting was quite the prize on March 17th 2018

Bathurst
Seafield/Kleinemonde
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river

Anne’s Birding Tour area

The summer migrants have been slow to arrive and

are definitely fewer in numbers. The map below

records their arrival and first spotted date!

Riet river 
   Kleinemonde west & east rivers 
A
B
 C
E
 Great Fish       river 
  F
  G
  H
D
J
I
L
K
Our seashore and estuary visitors: A - Common greenshank - September 2nd 2018  - Kleinemonde - West river B - Grey plover - September 15th 2018 - Kleinemonde beach C - Common ringed plover and D - Sanderling - October 14th 2018 - Riet river E - Common sandpiper F - Ruff and G - Common whimbrel - October 23rd 2018 - Fish River estuary
Our land visitors: A - Little swift - August 2nd 2018 - Kleinemonde B - White-throated swift - August 18th 2018 - Kleinemonde, East river C - Yellow-billed kites - August 29th 2018 - Tharfield farm D - White-rumped swift - September 1st 2018 - Riet river E - Lesser-striped and  F - Black saw wing swallows - September 16th 2018 - Kap River Reserve G - African paradise flycatcher - September 22nd 2018 - Kleinemonde H - Klaas’s cuckoo - September 25th 2018 - Kleinemonde I - Blue-mantled crested flycatcher - October 4th 2018 - Riet river area J - Diederik and K - Black cuckoos - October 15th 2018 - Nyala Game farm L - Barn swallows - October 23rd 2018 - Shaw Park
A
 C
D
B
E
E
F
G
Anne’s Birding Tours
Bathurst
Seafield/Kleinemonde
R67
R72 
Port Alfred
Great Fish river

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.

Now 335 species!

New species sighted and identified by Anne

in her Birding Tour area!

     Its the Caspian Plover pictured below.

It becomes increasingly more difficult to

sight new species in our area as our ‘spotting

records’ approach saturation. Spotting a new

visitor has become an experience of some

note! Only nomadic movements or ‘out of

range’ visitors can do the trick now! And this

335th spotting was quite the prize on March

17th 2018

Anne’s Birding Tour area

Great Fish     river 
Riet river 

The summer migrants have

been slow to arrive and are

definitely fewer in numbers.

The map below records their

arrival and first spotted date!

   Kleinemonde west & east rivers 
Our land visitors: A - Little swift - August 2nd 2018 - Kleinemonde B - White-throated swift - August 18th 2018 - Kleinemonde, East river C - Yellow-billed kites - August 29th 2018 - Tharfield farm D - White-rumped swift - September 1st 2018 - Riet river E - Lesser-striped and  F - Black saw wing swallows - September 16th 2018 - Kap River Reserve G - African paradise flycatcher - September 22nd 2018 - Kleinemonde H - Klaas’s cuckoo - September 25th 2018 - Kleinemonde I - Blue-mantled crested flycatcher - October 4th 2018 - Riet river area J - Diederik and K - Black cuckoos - October 15th 2018 - Nyala Game farm L - Barn swallows - October 23rd 2018 - Shaw Park
Tharfield farm
Kap River  Reserve
Nyala Game       farm
Our seashore and estuary visitors: A - Common greenshank - September 2nd 2018  - Kleinemonde - West river B - Grey plover - September 15th 2018 - Kleinemonde beach C - Common ringed plover and D - Sanderling - October 14th 2018 - Riet river E - Common sandpiper F - Ruff and G - Common whimbrel - October 23rd 2018 - Fish River estuary
A
B
 C
E
  F
  G
  H
D
J
I
L
K
A
 C
D
B
E
F
G