As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Amanzimtoti birders delighted as sought-after birds spotted

“This Saturday morning, 31 March we will do a walk around Amanzimtoti Bird Park from 7am until about 9am,”_ SCT chairman, Romy Wenzel.

March 31, 2018

AMANZIMTOTI Bird Park has been a hive of activity for KZN birders in the last week, after local birder Ansie Coetser discovered a mangrove kingfisher in the park.

Speaking of the discovery, Ansie was unaware when she photographed the bird that it was this exact species.

“I didn’t know it was the mangrove kingfisher at the time I took the photos, as I would never, in my wildest dreams, expect to find it at our little gem (the bird park),” she said. “I thought it was the brown-headed kingfisher and it was only when I downloaded the photos that I saw to my delight that it was, in fact the mangrove kingfisher.”

The mangrove kingfisher is a beautiful, uncommon bird which is a highly sought by birders. Birders from all over the province arrived at the park to see the bird, which led to the discovery of another uncommon bird which is even more sought-after – the white-backed night heron. This difficult-to-spot bird was first discovered at the park by Mark Hardouin, which led to an email being shared nationwide on the Rare Birds Network.

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