Not quite unexpected, but still a rarity


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.

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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.

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The rare African Jacana (Groot-langtoon) at Strandfontein.

The group of 15 keen birders, led by Barbara and Graham Palmer, nevertheless enjoyed the outing.

For the complete bird list, click on Bird List Strandfontein May 2016

  • The next Club event is the monthly meeting on Wednesday 18 May, when John and Sheelagh Bowman will present their “Costa Rica Birding Adventure 2016”. The meeting will begin at 18:00, an hour earlier than the last meeting, because we’re switching to winter time. Drinks will be available from 17:30.

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