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a stroll or two around korsman bird reserve, j'burg
2012-01-07 - 7:28 a.m.
Morning Bird List from Korsman Bird Reserve:
Overslept my chance to get any morning birds but I eventually strolled down
to the reserve. I took the opportunity to refresh my memory of some of the
common birds of the area, be they Common Fiscal -- I had not remembered the reddish
blush on the flanks of the female -- or the various Bishops and Weavers. After I walked all
the way around the pond and started to head back, I met up with the group, many of
whom had just landed. So we took a short back walk, but the best birds to
my mind -- Crested Barbet and Black-Collared Barbet -- did not show themselves on
the second pass.
Also notable: The flash of color provided by scuffling male Red Bishops and
Village Weavers. And I loved getting re-acquainted with the rakish Red-Knobbed Coot, with its devil's horns on full display.
Here is the list.
- Great Crested Grebe
- Little Grebe
- Helmeted Guineafowl
- White-Faced Duck
- Maccoa Duck
- Yellow-Billed Teal
- Cape Shoveler
- Egyptian Goose
- Black-collared Barbet
- Crested Barbet (outside the park, on a tree alongside the road, providing me
with a splendid view)
- African Palm-Swift
- White-Rumped Swift
- Grey Go-Away Bird
- Rock Dove
- Laughing Dove
- Cape Turtle Dove
- African Purple Swamphen
- Common Moorhen
- Red-Knobbed Coot
- Blacksmith Lapwing
- Grey-Headed Gull
- Whiskered Tern
- White-Winged Tern
- African Darter
- Reed Cormorant
- White-Breasted Cormorant
- Little Egret
- Grey Heron
- Cattle Egret
- Squacco Heron
- Glossy Ibis
- Hadeda Ibis
- Common Fiscal
- Sand Martin
- White-Throated Swallow
- Levaillant's Cisticola
- Olive Thrush
- Cape Glossy-Starling
- Common Mynah
- Village Weaver
- Yellow-Crowned (Golden) Bishop
- Southern Red Bishop
- Black-Winged Bishop
- Cape Sparrow
By this point, we had all gathered except for two of us, so we headed out for lunch. Poor S. He has already
had two flights cancelled.
By the way, this reserve is in a modest and unassuming neighborhood called Benoni. I wouldn't think that any of the houses here have more than two or three swimming pools to a property. Heh. At first you think they are hotels. After awhile it sinks in that, nope, these are private homes complete with multiple out-buildings for the servants and mothers-in-law, not to mention eccentric aunts and wastrel sons...Must be nice to own shares in a gold mine when gold is $1,600 an ounce!
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