Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More on Pink-backed Pelicans at Modimola Dam

Pink-backed Pelican comfortable on a concrete support pillar

Banded Grey-headed Gull at Modimola Dam

While birding at Modimola Dam this afternoon I came across this Grey-headed Gull in its breeding plumage with a metal ring.I am not aware of any ringing activity within Mafikeng and my guess is that it must be from somewhere within the country or from across neighbouring Botswana. I wish I could know what distance Grey-headed Gulls could travel. Anybody with an answer? There is quit plenty of the at the dam and this is my first sighting of one with a ring.

A breeding Grey-headed Gull with a metal ring

As the sun was setting it was still perched at the same spot

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Barberspan Bird Sanctuary once more

The Southern Masked Weaver at Baberspan Bird Sanctuary.Time running out for the last brood of the season. This photo was taken  during the Ringing and Atlassing Conference which was held there recently

Le Vaillant's Cisticola with a ring at Barberspan Bird Sanctuary. The photo was taken just after dawn.