Rare vulture still in Swellendam

An adult Palm-nut Vulture (Wit-aasvoël) is still in Swellendam, where it was seen and photographed yesterday.

The bird has been seen circling over the greenbelt area between the mountain and the first houses around Marloth Nature Reserve today.

Apparently, this is the fourth time in the last week that it has been seen over the Western Cape town, but yesterday was the first time that the observer has managed to get a photo for confirmation.

The news was reported by Willie Linde to Trevor Hardaker.

In South Africa the bird is very localised along the coast of KwaZulu Natal, where it often nests in alien raffia palms and feeds mainly on its fruit. Single birds are known to fly long distances, even reaching the West Coast from time to time.

A Palm-nut Vulture (Wit-aasvoël), photographed in KwaZulu Natal by Charles Naudé.

A Palm-nut Vulture (Wit-aasvoël), photographed in KwaZulu Natal by Charles Naudé.

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