Die Oog new update November 2012

Hi

Went to Die Oog yesterday. The place looks good. Was greeted at the gate by a family of egyptian Geese. 9 juveniles and the mom and dad. They were followed by 4 Helmeted guineafowl.

Walking around the lake I heard cheeping of chicks. I looked zround for a nest with chiscks in the reeds by the side of the water but could not find the nest. Next thing the trees above my head exploded as a couple of cormorants took off out the tree. Looking up I saw about 15-20 cormorant nests in the oak tree that gets used by the weavers. There were a coouple weavers still using their nests too but not as many as earlier in the year.

The Dabchicks also had 4 chicks swimming about and diving for food. Also the Coot had chicks on the nests. What disturbed me was finding a white quacker casualy enjoying the water with the Yellow-billed ducks. Not a good situation.

Had sightings of Crows , Common starlings, Karoo prinia, Cape white-eye, Cape weaver, Cape bulbul, mousebird, cape sparrow, hadeda.

Die Oog still looks good and the water level looks very high, the muddy banks where the Blacksmith Lapwings were foraging is all but covered. Incidently there was no sign of the lapwings. One bad aspect is very few Leopard Toad tadpoles this year. Saw a sign up requesting people to refrain from taking tadpoles home.

Anyway had an enjoable trip there. Hope to be back there soon.

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