Area list

My latest excursion was to Mkhombo Dam in Mpumalanga. After Trevor Hardacker sent out the Rare Bird Report which indicated that there were no less than four potential rarities or regional rarities at the dam, I decided that it was time for a bit of a chase.

We managed to get 3 of the four rarities which included Pectoral Sanpiper (lifer), Ruddy Turnstone (lifer) and African Pygmy Goose. Sadly we did not get the Spotted Crake.

The birding at the dam was exceptional and here is the list of species seen:

Bishop Southern Red

Bishop Yellow-crowned

Canary Black-throated

Cisticola Rattling

Cisticola Zitting

Coot Red-knobbed

Cormorant Reed

Cormorant White-breasted

Crake Black

Crow Pied

Cuckoo Diderick

Darter African

Dove Laughing

Dove Namaqua

Drongo Fork-tailed

Duck Fulvous

Duck Maccoa

Duck White-faced

Eagle African Fish-

Egret Cattle

Egret Great

Egret Little

Flycatcher Marico

Goose African Pygmy-

Goose Egyptian

Grebe Little

Greenshank Common

Guineafowl Helmeted


Heron Black

Heron Goliath

Heron Grey

Heron Squacco

Ibis Hadeda

Kingfisher Malachite

Kingfisher Pied

Lapwing Blacksmith

Moorhen Common

Mousebird Red-faced

Pigeon Speckled

Plover Common Ringed

Plover Three-banded

Pytilia Green-winged

Robin Kalahari Scrub-

Roller Lilac-breasted


Sandpiper Common

Sandpiper Marsh

Sandpiper Pectoral

Sandpiper Wood

Shrike Crimson-breasted

Shrike Red-backed

Snipe African

Sparrow-Weaver White-browed

Starling Cape Glossy

Stilt Black-winged

Stork Yellow-billed

Swallow Barn

Swallow Greater Striped

Swamphen African Purple

Swift White-rumped

Tern Whiskered

Tern White-winged

Tit-Babbler Chestnut-vented

Turnstone Ruddy

Warbler Barred Wren-

Warbler Lesser Swamp-

Waxbill Blue

Waxbill Common

Weaver Lesser Masked-

Weaver Southern Masked-

Whydah Pin-tailed

Widowbird Long-tailed



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