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 Post subject: Little Crake at Clovelly!!!
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According to Trevor Hardaker's Rare bird news:

Thu 2012/03/22 05:01 PM
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I can now post a positive confirmed report...

Peter Ryan, John Graham and I are currently watching a female LITTLE CRAKE at the Clovelly wetlands!! My phone's battery is not going to last too much longer, so I will post further details when I get home later tonight. The bird is at the second little gabion pond along the Silvermine River and is a cracking adult female bird! A new bird for Southern Africa!!

More details later!

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Thu 2012/03/22 08:47 PM
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Gillian Barnes found a small crake at the Clovelly wetlands late yesterday and, then went back there this morning with her father, Eric Barnes, to have another look for it. Fortunately, Gillian managed to get some photos of it this morning because they were still unsure of the identity thinking that it was possibly a young Baillon’s Crake or perhaps even a Spotted Crake.

Fortunately, this afternoon, the photos somehow made it into my inbox from Gillian where she requested assistance on the ID of the bird. As soon as I opened the photos, my interest was immediately aroused by what I saw. The photos was not 100% clear, but I was already suspicious, so I quickly forwarded them to my expert team of friends who I often call on in these situations, John Graham, Peter Ryan, Phil Hockey and Cliff Dorse. It didn’t take long for them to come back with the same suspicions...

However, there was no way to be 100% sure from the photos, so we all quickly dropped everything and raced over to Clovelly where we found ourselves face to face with a cracking LITTLE CRAKE, a new bird for Southern Africa and, quite possibly, the first record south of the equator on the continent.

The rest as they say is history... Fortunately, close to 50 people still managed to make it through there this afternoon to connect with the bird!

Using Google Earth, the co-ordinates for the site seem to be 34 deg 07’ 45,13” S and 18 deg 25’ 58,81”E

Directions to the site – travelling from Kalk Bay, follow Main Road until you reach the intersection with Clovelly Road. Turn right into Clovelly Road and then follow this for a little way until you reach the first left turn into Montrose Avenue. Continue along Montrose Ave and take the second left into Bethel Road and then the first left again into Winkle Way and then the first left again into Hilton Road. Follow Hilton Road for a few hundred metres until you reach the obvious pond on your right hand side and that is where the bird is.

Thanks to those that have already gotten their photos through so quickly. I will be there again early tomorrow morning and will post an update then. I’m sure I’ll be seeing a few of you there...:)

Fri 2012/03/23 06:49 AM
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The bird is showing well this morning at the same spot as described in the update last night, so good luck to all those long distance twitchers!

There are close to 50 twitchers here this morning already(6:45am) and the stream of people arriving is constantly growing! Lovely stuff...:)

Kind regards,
Trevor

Any mites out there to see it??
Anyone who can give us greenies some pics? :mrgreen:
:dance: :dance:

Yes, yes, Trevor is out there! Anyone else? 8)

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I will be going to look for it early on Saturday morning.

I will bring some stiffnecks caps & beanies with me for sale (R80 each), so if you are coming, bring some cash to help anti rhino poaching!

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 Post subject: Re: Little Crake at Clovelly!!!
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Guys, where did this little birdie come from then? And is it on its own? Or does it have family with it?

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News travels fast. I heard it on Radio 702 on my way home a couple of hours ago. 8) :thumbs_up:

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@Bush Baptist Will you be there Sunday as well? I'm only arriving from Jo'burg on Sunday morning and would definitely buy one of those hats.

@DinkyBird it's a lone female bird that got here as a result of reverse migration. It spends the Northern Summer in Eastern Europe, and the Southern Summer in various areas in North Africa. So now it was meant to migrate back to Europe, but in stead of flying north it got mixed up and flew south, landing up in SA. This is the first one ever recorded south of the equator.


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Oh shame ... hope it will be ok here for the winter. Will she make it do you think? Could other follow her, and could this be the start to more such sightings in SA?

Thanks for the info, it is most interesting.

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I'm not actually sure how it works with reverse migrations and whether she'll stay here or fly off to Europe soon or what will happen. Others wouldn't have followed her and it won't be the start of more sightings in SA. This is a once off and there probably won't be another Little Crake in SA for many, many years, if ever. But who knows? Birding is very unpredictable and the next Little Crake could be found tomorrow or in 100 years, but this individual won't have an influence on any future records of Little Crake in SA if there ever is another one.


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Here is a pic of the pretty lady that is causing all the fuss!

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She is totally unaware of the hype that she has caused....

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She really is quite beautiful.

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Caracal!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I knew you'd come through for us! :dance: :dance:
Great pic of a lovely bird!! :D Wow!!

BB, good luck! :popcorn:

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Thx MM and Jen...it was quite easy actually..seeing I live just around the corner. Debating whether I should go back this afternoon with 1.4 converter...
On the other hand there are some spiders at Kirstenbosch that need my attention..... :hmz:

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Beautiful shot Caracal. :clap: :clap:

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:clap: :clap: Caracal!

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This is seriously fantastic.. even from a doff (non blonde) birder.

I listened to J. Cryss Williams, (Radio702) talking on what was pretty much breaking news for her. All the while our Caracal was stealing the shots.

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