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02 - 03 july 2011 - good hope farm

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We decided to spend the weekened at Good Hope Farm at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountains about 30km south-west of Robertson. The intention was to see if we could find any new species for our challenge list but, unfortunately, the area surrounding the farm had been burnt recently which didn't bode well for our searches and we were also forced to stay inside a lot of the time due to heavy rain. Suffice it to say, we weren't able to find a single new species for the challenge and, despite many hours worth of turning over rocks, all we could find was 3 Ocellated Thick-toed Geckos, 2 Raucous Toads and a few scorpions. As it turns out, one of the species of scorpion that we found is a species that is yet to be described and is only the second known find of this particular species, so that was pretty exciting!

Our cottage at Good Hope Farm
Habitat around the cottage
Ocellated thick-toed Gecko
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Raucous Toad
Cape Bunting
male Cape Sparrow
Cape Spurfowl
Hadeda Ibis
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 77 species  
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila africanus
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
Reed Cormorant Microcarbo africanus
African Darter Anhinga rufa
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Rock Dove Columba livia
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus
African Hoopoe Upupa africana
Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minor
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis
Pied Crow Corvus albus
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis
Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla
Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Rufous-eared Warbler Malcorus pectoralis
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica
Long-billed Crombec Sylvietta rufescens
Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler Parisoma subcaeruleum
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata
Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer diffusus
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Southern Masked-Weaver Ploceus velatus
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris
Brimstone Canary Serinus sulphuratus
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis
Streaky-headed Seedeater Serinus gularis
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis
Mammals - 1 species  
Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus
Reptiles - 1 species  
Ocellated Thick-toed Gecko Pachydactylus geitje
Frogs - 3 species  
Raucous Toad Amietophrynus rangeri
Cape River Frog Amietia fuscigula
Clicking Stream Frog Strongylopus grayii