There were a couple of interesting records from the South African Rare Bird Network Newsletter distributed by Trevor Hardaker, from the Pafuri region of Kruger National Park this past weekend - 22 August:
"Limpopo Province also produced an interesting record with a GREEN TWINSPOT being recorded at Wilderness Safaris’ Pafuri Camp on the banks of the Levhuvhu River in the Kruger National Park. This is a little way further north than where they are normally recorded.
Another rather interesting record coming from very close to here was the discovery of a pair of THREE-BANDED COURSERS that were breeding. A photo was submitted by the PAfuri Guide Alweet.
Although this species is resident in this area in low numbers (and therefore not a rarity as such), this appears to be the first record of breeding that I can find any reference to in South Africa. Logically, they must have previously bred in South Africa, but there seems to be no documented proof of it mentioned in any of the local literature that I have checked."
However now a couple of days later Trevor has posted a follow up as he has been sent the following records of breeding Three-banded Coursers in South Africa - all of which are from National Parks:
"November 1983 – birds observed with a chick near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park
April 2007 – bird observed incubating eggs near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park
June 2007 – bird observed with chicks near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park
August 2007 – birds observed incubating eggs in Mapungubwe National Park
October 2008 – birds observed incubating eggs in Mapungubwe National Park
I am sure there are others as well, but the above is what I have received so far."
Three-banded Courser incubating eggs
in August 2007 in Mapungubwe NP
© Johann du Preez
Three-banded Courser nest with typically half-buried eggs in October 2008 in Mapungubwe NP
© Richard and Francoise Hurt