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06 march 2011 - west coast national park

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News had gotten out yesterday of a probable Great Reed Warbler at Abrahamskraal in the park and, since this would be a new bird for our park list (effectively what we consider to be our "home patch") as well as a brilliant one to get for the challenge, we decided to head off there this morning to look for it. Unfortunately, luck was not on our side and, despite several hours of looking, we were unable to locate the bird in question. We then took a quick drive through the rest of the park in the hope that we might bump into that Montagu's Harrier that had been seen there a few weeks ago, but again, we were unlucky. At around 11h30, we decided to call it a day and headed back home a little disappointed with not having found our target, but still very happy to just get another opportunity to visit the park.

 
Black Harrier
 
Karoo Scrub Robin
 
Bokmakierie
 
Angulate Tortoise
 
 
Full list of species recorded at Milnerton Lagoon
   
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
   
Common Name Scientific Name
   
Birds - 57 species  
   
Common Ostrich Struthio camelus
Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila africanus
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana
Cape Teal Anas capensis
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Cape Shoveler Anas smithii
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius
Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
African Rail Rallus caerulescens
Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris
African Purple Swamphen Porphyrio madagascariensis
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
Common Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Pied Crow Corvus albus
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Cape Penduline Tit Anthoscopus minutus
Grey Tit Parus afer
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Lesser Swamp Warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris
Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler Parisoma subcaeruleum
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla
Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis
   
   
Mammals - 3 species  
   
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Bontebok Damaliscus dorcas
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
   
   
Reptiles - 2 species  
   
Angulate Tortoise Chersina angulata
Karoo Girdled Lizard Cordylus polyzonus