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Birding: Tsitsikamma

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Birding: Tsitsikamma

Unread postby Owl » Wed May 24, 2006 6:38 pm

Any Birders visiting the Southern Cape may well want to make a turn by Nature's Valley in the western section of Tsitsikamma.

The boardwalk (just after or before crossing the Groot Rivier) depending on which side you come in from is an open access universally accessible facility.

On a visit there the other day with a colleague from Kruger we came across loads of Knysna Louries/Turacos, and had great views of Cape Batis, Bluemantled Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker and most thrilling of all, Striped Flufftail were calling eeringly from adjacent the walkway. Grey Cuckoo-shrike were also in attendence.

I went back a couple of days later with one of the Honorary Rangers. Didn't hear the flufftails, but a Sharp-billed Honeyguide was in full pomp. Chorister Robin-chat, Olive Thrush and Narina Trogon were things present that we didn't pick up on the first trip.

My advice is to move slowly aroung the now complete loop (which is only a couple of hundred metres) a couple of times and try a bit of spishing to entice birds out of the undergrowth.

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Striped Flufftails

Unread postby Bodger » Thu May 25, 2006 1:23 pm

Flufftails are like the holy grail for birders. Any advice owl on how we might actually get to see them?

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Flufftails

Unread postby Owl » Fri May 26, 2006 5:51 pm

Patience.

If you can identify the rough area where the bird is calling from, stake it out - be prepared to sit down for a good few minutes/even hours. With a little luck it may just make your day. One problem is they are reportedly ventriloquil. If you don't know flufftails, be prepared for how small they are - they are sparrow sized. Most people think they are like crakes and moorhens.


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