Below is Sue Schönefeld’s report of last month’s walk in Springside Nature Reserve on Wednesday 11 April.
Threats of rain resulted in an attendance of just 7 people at the early morning walk. The weather improved during the morning, 43 species being identified by the group.
A pair of Lesser Honeyguides was observed for a good 15 minutes hawking insects and chasing each other about. The white outer border of their tails could clearly be seen.
Also seen was a Southern Double-collared Sunbird with its pectoral yellow tufts showing clearly in the good light.
There were also good sightings of a Long-crested Eagle and an African Goshawk.
Due to a sudden illness, Derek Spencer had been unable to lead the group. My thanks to Elena Russell, Ian Matthews and Oscar van Eysen for so willingly agreeing to help with the bird identification.
Thanks as well to Dianne Lyall and Maggie Fleming for their help with the catering.
Many thanks to the walkers for their donations which go towards Hillcrest Conservancy projects.
Hillcrest Conservancy is a non-profit group of volunteers and relies on your support to protect the environment. Proceeds are used for on-going Hillcrest Conservancy projects, e.g. IAP control and education.