Springside – Saturday 5 January


Springside – Saturday 5 January

Firstly thanks to the Hillcrest Conservancy and in particular George Victor for arranging access at 06:00 which was much appreciated. We had a very good turn out ±36 (all those New Year resolutions!) and our composite bird count from the 3 groups was 69. I think the specials were the excellent views of the Brown backed Honeybird, Lesser Honeyguide, Golden Weaver and a really superb Grassbird. Our raptor count was not too shabby either with good views of Common (Steppe) Buzzard and a pair of African Harrier Hawks, YBK’s, Long crested Eagle and brief views of a Crowned Eagle. Some photos attached.

Red-backed Mannikin, Dave Rimmer

Red-backed Mannikin, Dave Rimmer

Tawny-flanked Prinia, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Tawny-flanked Prinia, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Springside 5th Jan 2013 showing all 3 groups, Paul Bartho

Springside 5th Jan 2013 showing all 3 groups, Paul Bartho

Red-backed Mannikin, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Red-backed Mannikin, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Neddicky, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Neddicky, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Lesser Honeyguide, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Lesser Honeyguide, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Lesser Honeyguide, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Lesser Honeyguide, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Klaas's Cuckoo, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Klaas’s Cuckoo, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Dark-capped Bulbul nest, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Dark-capped Bulbul nest, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Springside Car Park 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Springside Car Park 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Common Buzzard, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Common Buzzard, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Brown-backed Honeybird, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Brown-backed Honeybird, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

African Golden Weaver, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

African Golden Weaver, Springside 5th Jan 2013, Paul Bartho

Cheers and best wishes for good birding in 2013 – Elena

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2 Responses to Springside – Saturday 5 January

  1. Terry Walls says:

    Well done

  2. What a lovely post! I will really have to make an effort to attend one of the Springside walks! Thank you for all the lovely photos too!

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