LIMPOPO EXPEDITION JAN 23RD TO FEB 5TH 2017
Graeme Dunlop, Brett Fried, Erika Hentsch, Lisa Myslicki, Barbara Charlton and Pricilla Lai.
The first big expedition of the year with an majority Canadian team and Graeme from the UK.
|Red-footed Falcon, 2nd yr female|
Heading south to the Amur Falcon roost in Newcastle, we got a Steppe Buzzard out of 4 dropped for.
The roost as always did not disappoint, Rina Pretorius has been ringing Amur Falcons here for some 15 years and as such it is the largest roost in the southern hemisphere.
We got a total of 10 Amur's including a bonus Red-footed Falcon! The latter a rare occurrence in the roost.
|Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler|
|moulting and scruffy Olive-tree warbler|
Heading north to the Lowveld, we got a second Jackal Buzzard, a 3rd year bird as well as Juvenile Lizard Buzzard. The Lowveld was as always great. we were at a bush lodge right next to the Kruger, so we heard lions roaring each night!
|Dark-capped Yellow Warbler|
Next we climbed up into the mountains and into the mist-belt first escarpment. Set up a few nets and were soon producing some very cool birds. Endemics consisted of Barratt's Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Forest Canary, Southern Double-collared Sunbird and Drakensberg Prinia. Also Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Golden Weaver and African Stonechat.
At base, we set a few nets round the pool and got a few Cinnamon Breasted Buntings, Familiar Chat, White-bellied Sunbird and Long-billed Crombec but the wind got up so we went road trapping. Got a second African Hawk Eagle, a big adult female at 1.7kg's and a Juvenile Shikra.
Night time dazzling got us European, Rufous-cheeked and Fiery-necked Nightjars but with a rising moon, struggled to get Bronze-winged Courser and Spotted Thick-knee.
|Graeme with a juvenile Af Hawk Eagle|
At next camp on the Limpopo River, we set nets and got Woodland Kingfishers including a 4 year old retrap! also caught Red-backed Shrikes, Meve's Starlings, Yellow-bellied Greenbul among others.
Heading south now, we road trapped to the next site getting a juv male African Hawk Eagle, juv female Gabar Goshawk, Lizard Buzzard, 2 Steppe Buzzards and an adult Black-chested Snake Eagle.
We also got an interesting Dark / Pale-chanting Goshawk! I think a hybrid, this is the second individual I have caught like this, showing dark secondaries, but with a white rump, allover quite dark, but large in size.
Our next and final camp we set some owl nets and soon had call back, Pearl-spotted Owlet and Spotted Eagle Owl, but no luck.
Next day we got an adult and juv Black-chested Snake-eagle and getting into farm land now we got an adult female Lesser Kestrel and finally a Black-shouldered Kite.
All up, we caught 49 raptors of 17 species and 127 mist-netted birds of 62 species.