Three rare species on first day

 

Story: Barbara Palmer      Images: Graham Palmer

Having been away for the first week of January, Graham and I were aware that we were far behind the leaders of the Challenge and on Thursday 14 January we decided to do the eastern side of the January Challenge route.

a European Roller sml

European Roller (Europese Troupant)

We had heard reports of a European Roller (Europese Troupant) that was seen about 3 km past Birkenhead Breweries and kept our eyes peeled.

We did not find the Roller on the way out, but did find about six Lesser Kestrels (Kleinrooivalke), which are not that common in our area. We photographed them and felt very chuffed with ourselves.

On the way back we found not one, but two European Rollers in the same spot.

a Lesser Kestrel male

Lesser Kestrel (Kleinrooivalk)

Knowing how competitive some of the participants are, I sent the photos of the Kestrels and Roller to a few people, including Mike Ford.

A few hours later I received an email from Mike saying that he was “worrying himself into a state of confusion” about the female Kestrel.

It turned out to be not a Kestrel at all, but an Amur Falcon (Oostelike Rooipootvalk)! Mike has subsequently posted it on SABAP2 and Trevor Hardaker reported it in his rare birds report.

Amur Falcon female (1)

Amur Falcon (Oostelike Rooipootvalk)

Hermanus Bird Club on the map again!

I do wish more members would enter the Challenge. The only thing that can happen to you is that you will learn an awful lot more about the birds and birding spots of our area – and that cannot be a bad thing, can it now?

One comment on “Three rare species on first day

  1. Wow what a day.

    On Friday, 22 January 2016, Hermanus Bird Club wrote:

    > Editor posted: “Story: Barbara Palmer Images: Graham Palmer Having > been away for the first week of January, Graham and I were aware that we > were far behind the leaders of the Challenge and on Thursday 14 January we > decided to do the eastern side of the January Chal” >

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