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06 february 2011 - west coast national park

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Yesterday, an immature Montagu's Harrier had been photographed in the park and, since Margaret still needed this for her Western Cape list and it would be a great challenge bird to get, we decided to chase it. We joined Cliff Dorse and arrived at the park fairly early and positioned ourselves up on a hill which gave us a good vantage point to scan from. Unfortunately, despite a number of hours of scanning, we were not able to relocate the bird, but a Pale Chanting Goshawk, an extremely rare bird in the park, was a good find nevertheless. A stint in the Geelbek hide also turned up a Common Redshank, a rarity in South Africa, so the day wasn't a total loss. Eventually, after driving up and down all the park's roads in search of the harrier, we eventually gave up and headed back home.

Pale Chanting Goshawk
Common Redshank
Full list of species recorded on the trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 100 species  
Common Ostrich Struthio camelus
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana
Cape Teal Anas capensis
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Cape Shoveler Anas smithii
Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minor
Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens
Acacia Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas
African Hoopoe Upupa africana
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
Little Swift Apus affinis
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Southern Black Korhaan Eupodotis afra
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
Common Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Calidris alba
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius
Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus
White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus [migrans] migrans
African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus
Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
African Spoonbill Platalea alba
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Pied Crow Corvus albus
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Lesser Swamp Warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris
Long-billed Crombec Sylvietta rufescens
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
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis
Mammals - 3 species  
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Common Eland Taurotragus oryx
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
Reptiles - 2 species  
Angulate Tortoise Chersina angulata
Karoo Girdled Lizard Cordylus polyzonus