Podica senegalensis (African finfoot)
Watertrapper [Afrikaans]; Watertrapper [Dutch]; Grébifoulque d’Afrique [French]; Afrikanische binsenralle [German]; Pés-de-barbatanas [Portuguese]
There are moments in live that you do not know who to share it with! This happened on Wednesday morning while I had a few minutes before a meeting. I pulled in at Impenjati Reserve and was looking for the Half-collared Kingfisher, but it was quite on the banks of the lagoon with some “fish” activity. I went a bit down the bank to take a photo of the scenery, when I heard what sound like another fish breaking the surface of the water. I noticed that it was not a fish, but a bird and tried to take a couple of photos of the action which unfolded in front of my eyes. I notice that it look similar to a cormorant, but new that none of the species had a white stripe…
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Above: An adult female African Crowned Eagle. Below: The African Crowned Eagle being released and the massive claw of the eagle.
The African Crowned Eagle was knocked unconscious by a vehicle in pursuit of a Hadeda. Local residents in Umtentweni came across the accident scene, where the bird was already picked up by some individuals who had supper in mind and managed to rescue the unconscious bird from them and then took it to their home. The local Conservancy assisted them. I did the rehabilitation until the bird was fit enough to take to the sky again. Bird ringer, Andre Pickles, first took some measurements and ringed the eagle before the release. What a magnificent sight to see the bird flying off. This is one of those “highlights” when you love the feathered and furred.
It mainly eats mammals (especially hyraxes and antelope), doing most of its hunting from a…
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The last couple of days I enjoyed quite a bit of birding in various habitats. There were the African Black Oystercatchers, Little Egret, Three-banded Plover, Giant Kingfisher, Hadeda Ibis, Banded Martin, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Western Osprey, Blacksmith Lapwings and a Fish Eagle at the lagoon. Some Kelp Gulls were flying in for a cross the ocean.
In the coastal forest the best sighting was that of a Knysna Turaco and then there was the Black-collared Barbet, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Bark-capped Bulbul, White-bellied Sunbird, Village Weavers, Cape White-eye, Amethyst Sunbird, Black Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole, Bronze Mannikin, Cardinal Woodpecker, Green Wood Hoopoe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Red-eyed Doves, Black-bellied Starling, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Spectacled Weaver, Thick-billed Weaver and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird also showing up. Not to mention the other bird species hopefully correctly identified from their melodies and sounds in the thickets.
With the seasons changing, the Village Weaver males…
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