While birding I came across this tick infested Short-clawed
Lark. At a glance one would not notice the ticks around its neck and crown. It
looked quite healthy, but it was only after realizing that it was infested with
ticks that I took interest in the bird.
The Short-clawed Lark
being “near-threatened” according to the Red Data List; was this not going to
be one of the contributory factors towards its extinction? How vulnerable are
birds towards this blood sucking parasites?
I was amazed by a discovery of several pairs (three in number) of Short-clawed Larks while birding this morning near the village of Moletsamongwe, North-west of Mahikeng in the North West Province. That was within an area of 2.3 ha in fallow land adjoining the village.
According to the Red Data List, they are Near-threatened. We need to protect them.
"Dive-bombing" the enemy: why do birds do it?
I spend three days at the Bird Atlass Bash at Vaalboskraal near Mareetsane in the North West Province. This was for SABAP2 (South African Bird Atlass Project ) It was real fun.
While atlassing pentad 2600_2535 and 2605_2535, I witness a spectacle where a Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk was being mobbed by Pied Crow at first, then a Black Shouldered Kite.
Birds normally mob an intruder who enters their territory by harrasing, intimidating and chasing off using the "dive-bombing" or "sally attacks" techniques. Protection of a territory. Here is the story
The Pale Chanting Goshawk just perched on a power line