South Africa (ZA)   A morning at the Pivot Fields  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 03:39:26 pm

Week 39 - 01 October 2011, Pivot Fields

We have had a problem uploading images to the Blog and have only now found a workaround - so I can finally start posting my backlog from early October. Images by Mike Pope

I was at the farm early in the morning, where temperatures are now very pleasant. Just inside the gate I found a Common Snipe sitting quietly at a small pool of water

Common Snipe

In the same area a few Great Reed Warblers were also quite active

Great Reed Warbler

As well as a Tree Pipit foraging in amongst the crops

Tree Pipit

The numbers of Steppe Buzzards are slowly increasing and a good few were found roosting on the pivots

Steppe Buzzard

A small group of Purple Herons flushed as I approached the Croc pond, where they had roosted overnight

Purple Heron

A Bonelli's Eagle has been at this location for sometime and I was surprised to see one come swooping in to try take out one of the unsuspecting Purple Herons - it was unsuccessful, but the Heron had it's wake-up call for the day

Bonelli's Eagle

A Masked Shrike was seen in the cover of the acacia trees at the pond

Masked Shrike

As was a Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Exploring other parts of the farm, I found hunting Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harrier

European Roller

European Roller

and numbers of European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

in the open areas, there were numbers of Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

a single Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

and a small flock of Greater Short-toed Larks

Greater Short-toed Lark

Common Kestrels were actively hunting over the open fields

Common Kestrel

However, the highlight and a lifer for me was the Eurasian Stone Curlew that I almost missed crouched in a small depression

Eurasian Stone Curlew


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