Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pink-backed Pelicans at Modimola Dam

Sunday morning birding walk is always a joy to me. This flock of Pink-backed Pelicans were just perched in my path and preening each other. As I approached they started flying off in a spectacular way.

Pink-backed Pelicans flying off
A good number of  Pink-backed Pelicans congregated

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grey Heron at Modimola Dam

While birding at Modimola Dam this morning I came across this Grey Heron lazing away on a rock. With the recent good rains the shoreline is under water and waders are almost absent. Red-knobbed coots dominate the waters.

Grey Heron

Grey Heron preening herself

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bokaa Dam birding in Botswana

Yesterday I visited the Bokaa Dam in Botswana for some birding. In the four hours that I spent there I listed 47 species. The place is teeming with bird life. I was just about to leave when a  flock of Marabou Storks came flying in. It was about sixty of them.

Yellow billed Kite

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Black Kites in Lichtenburg

On the 12th February 2011 I visited the Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre again to check on the Black Kite population I saw there the week before. Indeed the number had increased.  I managed to take  a photo of this juvenile who seemed to be amused by my presence.In the group there were some Yellow-billed Kites as well. It has always been a challenge to distiguish between the two.

Juvenile Black Kite

The juvenile Black Kite in full view

Sunday, February 6, 2011

African Stonechat in Lichtenburg

Today I visited the Lichtenburg Nature Reserve and it was to my amazement to find African Stonechats in big numbers. Lichtenburg being 60km away from Mafikeng.This species is not found in Mafikeng but with the recent burst the distribution may cover Mafikeng