Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Short Clawed Lark: "Spotty" revisited

My posting on the Short Clawed Lark (Mirafra chuana) on the 15th October 2011 was on a particular individual I dubbed "Spotty". You can follow this link for that report:
I have been monitoring the bird since then and I am happy to report that it is still in the same spot.
Although, there is another pair in the area; its call is still prevalent, displaying in fluttering flight  low over grass, clapping wings and taking refuge at the top of the bushes. In Setswana (Chuana the local people and language) the bird is called Mantsiditsidi.
Lets take cognisant of the fact that the bird is near threatened.
Spotty on 25th May 2013 (calling at the top of the bush)

The unmistakable black spot underneath

 The charming acrobatic display

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dedicated to the " World Migratory Birds Day 2013"

The  World Migratory Birds Day 2013 this weekend (11th to the 12th May 2013, calls for everyone to  pay attention to the plight of migratory birds all around the world with the theme:
“Networking for migratory birds".
I would love to dedicate this post to this call with  photos of birds on the wing.
Stop-over habitats for the migratory birds are deminishing at an alarming rate due to global warming and other social aspects.

You can visit  http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org for more.

 Flight of the Blackwinged Stilts (circling a drying dam)
Lesser Flamingos on the wing to another feeding area
Egyptian Goose crashlanding on arrival   on better part of a drying dam
South African Shelduck arriving to a dry dam
White-breasted Cormorant flying low over water (breeding season)
Egyptian Goose off to another feeding area
Pied Avocet on a reconaisance