WCNP: Birds

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Black Harrier (Circus maurus, Witkruisvleivalk)

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The Black Harrier is a vulnarable not so common endemic resident which breeds in fynbos and occurs in any open habitat. Mostly solitary and usually encountered hunting over low vegetation.
Adult males are mostly black with a conspicuous white rump, grey-barred tail and silvery wing panels. Females are similar but not that deep black.
This one was spotted between Kraalbaai and Tsaarsbank.
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gbird- well done capturing those aerobatic shots :clap: :clap:

The Black Harrier is impressive Robbert - it appears to have a band on its leg !! so presume they are a watched/monitored species as you say they are " vulnerable and not so common "

Great pic's mites Thanks
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:clap: :clap: :clap:
Super photos Robbert :thumbs_up:
And Thank you for the info :gflower:
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Stunning shots, Robbert,

and amazing sightings :clap: :clap: :clap:
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I do like the black harrier but I am still trying to get a good photograph of one. Even took my long heavy lens on the whale trail but after the first day it went in my transported baggage!
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Stunning shots of the Black Harrier in flight Robbert! :clap: :clap:
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White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis, Witkeelswael)

A common intra-African migrant, closely associated with water; often nests under bridges over water. The White-throated Swallow can be found almost all over South Africa with the exception of the eastern parts (Kruger NP and St Lucia region) and the Kalahari NP.
In the WCNP it nests inside the bird hides which is wonderful because they are not shy at all and gives one great photo opportunities 8)

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Stunning pictures of them Robbert! :dance: :dance:
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Cape Bulbul, having its breakfast!! :dance:

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Thanks Robbert & Crested Val :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Beautiful WCNP Bird pics :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance:
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Beautiful picture! Thanks Val! :clap: :clap:
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African (Black) Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini, Swarttobie)

The African Oystercatcher is mostly found at the Atlantic Ocean side of the park, a good spot to see them is Tsaarsbank. This near endemic bird is found along the coastline of South Africa, but less frequent at the east coast. The status of the bird is near-threatenend but I believe, that since the beach drive ban, the numbers are increasing. Male and female are very similar, only the male's bill is at little bit shorter and less pointed than the female's ( female on the left, male on the right in the picture).
The birds are usually seen in pairs or flocks.

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Robbert and Val -thanks for posting these pictures :clap: :clap:

I am learning quite a bit from this thread :thumbs_up:

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:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Love the oyster catchers photo :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Also really like to hear their call :dance:
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Beautiful shot of the Oyster Catchers, thanks Robbert! :clap: :clap:
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