Monday, June 1, 2009

Spurwinged Goose at Modimola Dam

Spurwinged goose with its spurs visible on the wings.
This goose was spotted in the company of Sacred Ibises, African Spoonbill, Egyptian Geese, Whiteface Ducks and Red Knobbed Coots

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pink Colored Cattle Egret at Disaneng Dam

On the 4th January 2009 while atlasing around the Disaneng Dam I came across this pink colored cattle egret which was among other normal cattle egrets.

On the 27th April 2009 I saw it again in the same area. The photos I took of it were not so good in both instances.

Today once more I came acros this funny bird still among other cattle egrets perched on top of a thorn tree. This time I manged to take some photos of it even though it was at a distance.

I am looking for someone who can give me an expalanation on this finding.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Southern Yellow- Billed Hornbill

Southern yellow-billed horn bills are mostly found in great numbers at the Botsalano Game reserve situated 35 km from Mafikeng. Look at its massive bill.

Another spot of interest in Mafikeng is the Cookes Lake where white and reed cormorant are in abundance.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lesser Flamingos at Modimola Dam

Today I witnessed a very colourful and interesting spectacle. Flamingos together with their young were hovering over the Modimola Dam for several hours and finaly flew off towards the South

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mafikeng Botanical Park

Mafikeng Botanical Park has new residents
The Mafikeng Botanical Park is home to a pair of Egyptian Geese. They are normaly seen with their chicks frolicking around the lawn particularly in the morning. They are quite cute said one onlooker. Eight cute little chicks.

Capped Wheatear at Modimola Dam

Something for a twitch
I have just seen a Capped Wheatear for the first time around the Modimola dam on Sunday 26th April 2009. I went back to the same spot where I saw it the following day on Monday and it was still there fighting with Cape Sparrows for its newly found teritory. I have never seen this bird in this area in the last five years I have been doing birding there.