Zandvlei Trust

Bird Sightings

Submit your bird photos taken at Zandvlei and send them to the webmaster to have them published here. 

A sugestion

  • Right click on the original photo file where you have stored it on your PC or laptop or watever other device.
  • Then select send to,
  • then an email recipient,
  • then make the image smaller,
  • With the above email address in the block send it off with your story, observation and any details.
  • It is this easy. I do the rest.

An analysis of the Bird Counts at Sandvlei over the period Dec 1974 to Dec 1975 by G.W. Begg.

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This is a working partnership with the ADU (Animal Demographic Unit) and 
                                                                                                                        Zandvlei Trust. 

Do you know.

 

You can contribute to;
the MyBirdPatch run by the ADU (Animal Demographic Unit) at the University of Cape Town.

What is MyBirdPatch
MyBirdPatch is a web-based platform for birders and citizen scientists to collect and curate their bird lists, for any area they define.

Who can use it
Any birders, or citizen scientist, who wants to contibute their lists to the growing knowledgebase of bird distribution and counts in Africa.

Why do we do it
To monitor the distribution changes over time, and attempt to track hotspots of bird populations in Africa over time.

How to go about it.
Read these notes as a starter.

The project is supported and endorsed by both the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as well as BirdLife South Africa (BLSA).

 

Also, do you know about the South African Bird Atlas Project 2  - (SABAP2).

  • This is a citizen scientist project and you can contribute your birdlist for your area.
  • Read more about it and become involved.

 

  • Would you like to participate in the census at Zandvlei?
  • Come and help count the water birds as part of the National water bird count.
  • If you have a canoe or boat you could do it from the water too. There is a large area to cover.

See more information........

 


2016.

23/06/2016 - Barry Parker reports "This Black Sparrowhawk was having breakfast in Rutter Road,
Lakeside this morning."   See the relevance of this report below.              
updated 24/06/2016.


photograph by Barry Parker.

Breakfast was either a Red Eye Dove or a Laughing Dove.


photograph by Barry Parker.

This sighting was reported to Ann Koeslag who monitors the Black Sparrowhawks on the Peninsula.

Ann replied with this interesting information and record. 

Ring No. 6H03251- Cecilia - 23/09/2010 nestling, a white morph. Both his parents were black morphs.

1. Seen on the Norfolk Pine in Sessel Rd on 14/05/ 2011. Beginning to get its adult plumage.
It was showing a few white feathers under its chin.

2. Seen by Marlene Hofmeyr at Buitenverwachting on 11/04/2012.

3. Seen eating a pigeon on the lawn of 6 Wagtail Close, Tokai by Clive Hoard 08/10/ 2012.


photograph supplied by Ann Koeslag.

The chick ringed at the nest in Sept 2010.

This shows the importance for reporting sightings as a record, with photos if possible to help 
monitor ringed birds.


21/06/2016 - Simon Fogarty reports this Spotted Eagle Owl was in the garden this morning before being chased by a pair of Pied Crows. It returned as it was getting dark this evening.   updated 22/06/2016.


photograph by Simon Fogarty.

Spotted Eagle Owl blending in with the tree trunk.


05/05/2016 - Angus and Frances Hemp report "We saw a Mandarin Duck today while canoeing
in the canal just north of the Park Island bridge".                                       


photograph by Graham Pringle.

Mandarin Duck.


17/04/2016 - Evanne Rothwell reports "Caught this boy bird making a spectical of himself trying to impress the girls."


photograph by Evanne Rothwell.

"Taking a bow."


photograph by Evanne Rothwell.

"Hello girls!" this Southern Double Collared Sunbird was saying.


14/04/2016 - Simon Fogarty reports that he had a Southern Boubou in his garden this morning.


photograph by Simon Fogarty.

The Boubou with something to eat.


photograph by Simon Fogarty.

Keeping a sharp lookout.


10/04/2016 - Gerrard Wigram reports "Taking the dogs for a walk this afternoon, I 'spotted'
an exotic bird not on your list of Zandvlei birds! Walking sedately down Park Island Way was
a Peahen (or should that be female Peacock).
Lost it's way from the mountain perhaps?" 


16/01/2016 - Today we counted the water birds at Zandvlei for the quarterly National Water Bird 
Census called CWAC. These are some photos of a few species seen.

There were over 700 Eygptian Geese in the Caravan Park.

A juvenile Grey Heron sunning itself.

The flamingo and geese seemed compatible in the water together.

A Little Egret off Park Island.

We counted 23 Greater Flamingo today.

Another juvenile Grey Heron part of a family group of four.


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