Not quite unexpected, but still a rarity

Hermanus Bird Club

The African Jacana (Groot-langtoon) seen on the Club monthly walk at the Strandfontein water purification dams was not completely unexpected. It had been on Trevor Hardaker’s South African Rare Bird News Report for a while.

Hazell, Ronnie en Renee 160505 Rondevlei Kaapstad 672A7998 Club members Ronnie and Renée Hazell looking out over a dry Rondevlei. Images: Charles Naudé.

But it remains a rarity in the area. In fact, it was mentioned in the latest report, emailed to subscribers this week.

And that was not the only rarity. Among the 71 species identified on the visit to Strandfontein and Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary was a Hottentot Teal (Gevlekte eend).

The bird count was quite good, considering the conditions. A cold wind was blowing, in spite of the weather forecast of a sunny day with little wind.

Strandfontein still had an abundance of birds, but Rondevlei was dry, with little or no water visible from the bird hides.

Langtoon, groot- (Jacana, African) 160505 Strandfontein Kaapstad 672A7672 The rare African Jacana…

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