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03-05 june 2011 - mountain mist

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Looking at the challenge list and what we still needed (which is plenty!), we decided to spend a weekend at Mountain Mist up at "Engelsman se Baken" in the Piketberg Mountain Range above Aurora. It turned out to be a reasonably productive weekend with us picking up several new species for the challenge list. Birdwise, we targeted Protea Canary and Cape Siskin, both of which we got, as well as managing to photograph Fiery-necked Nightjar and Ground Woodpecker for the challenge as well. In terms of mammals, we got Grey Climbing Mouse (Margaret managed to fall into a ditch and scare it off before we could get photos...!!) as well as Southern African Vlei Rat which can both be potentially tough species to connect with. And, on the reptile front, we managed to add Oelofsen's Girdled Lizard (a photographic lifer) as well as Cedarberg Dwarf Leaf-toed and Southern Rough Thick-toed Geckos, so all in all, a very worthwhile visit for us. It was great to catch up with a lot of the species that we have not seen in some time as well.

Cross-marked Grass Snake
Cedarberg Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko
Southern Rough Thick-toed Gecko
Ground Woodpecker
Protea Canary
Cape Bunting
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 35 species  
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Fiery-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Pied Crow Corvus albus
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris
Cape Rock Thrush Monticola rupestris
Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea
Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis
Protea Canary Serinus leucopterus
Cape Siskin Pseudochloroptila totta
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis
Mammals - 9 species  
Cape Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis
Grey African Climbing Mouse Dendromus melanotis
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Southern African Vlei Rat Otomys irroratus
Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis
African Wild Cat Felis lybica
Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
Common Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia
Reptiles - 6 species  
Cedarberg Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko Goggia hexapora
Southern Rough Thick-toed Gecko Pachydactylus formosus
Ocellated Thick-toed Gecko Pachydactylus geitje
Oelofsen's Girdled Lizard Cordylus oelofseni
Variegated Skink Trachylepis variegata variegata
Cross-marked Grass Snake Psammophis crucifer
Frogs - 3 species  
Cape Rain Frog Breviceps gibbosus
Cape River Frog Amietia fuscigula
Clicking Stream Frog Strongylopus grayii