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Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 2016

After 8 months of devastating drought conditions due to broken water pipes the sanctuary has water again. The sanctuary has been devastated with a huge loss of bird life, specials i would see on most visits have disappeared.Black Crowned Night Heron, Purple swamp-hen,Black Heron,Striated Heron,African Rail,Flamingo's and Little Bittern ,

Hopefully the birds will return and the sanctuary will recover,A lot of weeds everywhere and a surprising number of Curlew Sandpipers,at least a flock of 50 birds.A Rondebult lifer for me.

Curlew Sandpiper

Also got quite a lot of Ruff and a single Marsh Sandpiper.

Little Stint

 Spur Winged Goose

 Three Banded Plover

 Yellow Crowned Bishop

This breeding pair gave me an endless view of their mating ritual.Buzzing around in front of hide number 2 he flew from perch to perch displaying and puffing continuously as he tried to attract this lovely female. 

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