Thursday, 2 July 2015

C212 again and more details of its movements

C212 - tagged Cape Griffon seen again at Ngamo
Yesterday I saw C212, the tagged Cape Griffon, again at Ngamo and this time all bloodied up from feeding on an elephant carcass with many other vultures.
I have sent this sighting in to add to the list of sightings that this bird is racking up!

Shortly before I saw it at Ngamo last week it as seen in the Limpopo region: This from their records

This bird was also spotted by Joseph Heymans 14/05/2015 248558.6 282124.3 On the sprinbok plains near Settlers in Limpopo Province.

We will keep you updated if we see it again

                                                                    The Hwange Birder 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Latest news on the tagged Cape Griffon in Hwange

This is the latest on the tagged Cape Griffon

Many thanks to Vulpro and the various people who responded.
David Pretorius8:13am Jun 26
C212 was ringed G31869 and tagged as a juvenile on 24/01/2014 at Blouberg Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province as part of EWT vulture monitoring project.

There is a suggestion that the Cape Griffons we see here in Hwange are all dispersal aged birds exploring.

                   The Hwange Birder

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Another tagged "Capie" in Hwange

Just a day or so ago I was looking for lions in the Ngamo area of Hwange when a large vulture caught my eye. Its wing seemed to shine and when I put my bins on it I realised why......it had a tag!
I took a careful photograph from about 100m just in case i couldn't get closer but in hind sight I needn't have bothered because with a careful approach I managed to get underneath the tree it was in.
The 400mm lens did a superb job of getting me a shot clear enough to see the number on its yellow wing tags and as luck would have it.....I had 3G coverage on my cell. I Googled "Tagged Cape Vultures" and got a contact address and send in my re-capture sighting. Within an hour or two I had a reply from Kerri Wolter (Vulpro) to say that that bird had been rehabilitated and released from the Blouberg nature reserve in South Africa. More info is being collected for me on the other sightings but in the mean time I have looked back in my photos and found another Cape Griffon that I saw in Hwange with tags. That one too was a rehabilitated bird from the same area.
Cape Griffon (tag number C212) seen in Ngamo, Hwange



                                                                    The Hwange Birder

Friday, 22 May 2015

Perfect exposure!

Perfect exposure makes a happy photographer
Like a unicorn (or a pangolin for that matter) perfect exposure has been the object of my photographic search for ages now. I have looked high and low for situations where the light is strong and rich and the subject has that lovely soft feel. To capture that is a whole other story even when you do manage to find the situation. Well,  a couple of days ago I managed a series of shots that I just love. These birds were all roosting in the shallow pan at Ngamo in Hwange and I realised that if I was sitting with them as the sun rose...I would be onto something!

The photo above was taken with a Canon EOS 5D with a 400mm f 2.8. ISO 500 and 1/60sec for those of you who are interested.

                                                    The Hwange Birder

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Love at first sight!




 I sat and waited for a lion to drink after 5 whole days on a buffalo carcass. These beautiful Hooded Vultures flew down ahead of him and had a very welcome drink after 5 days of fruitless waiting.
I love the look of the first one as it seemed to be the first time it ever set eyes on itself!

Nothing washes down carrion like an ice cold drink!

Vulture drooling!
                                                                     The Hwange Birder

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bird on fire!!

Bird on fire!
So large are ostriches that I often don't think of them as birds!....sounds daft I know but at over 2 m tall they are in a league of their own. This female just couldn't resist getting my heart racing as she and her companions headed past me and into the sunset......

Nando's sponsorship photo or what??


                                                           The Hwange Birder

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Combat

This morning I was tracking lions as usual when I stopped to glass over a small natural pan near the road. There were a couple of Hammerkops, Black-winged stilts, Greenshanks and Wood sandpipers.
I got the old 400mm lens trained on the woodies as there was some posturing etc going on and then took a number of shots as two of them had a brief but violent fight.

One "Woodie" dunking another

Incoming!

Combat at the pan

And here comes a flying round-house kick!




For this sequence I had the camera set on manual with an ISO of 1600, 1/4000sec shutter to freeze the action and f11 to give me sufficient depth to keep the birds in focus.

                                                                   The Hwange Birder