29 March 2022

A walk around the Pan

19 February 2022 - Glen Austin Pan

I had a short visit and walk around Glen Austin Pan, mostly to check if the Bullfrog's had emerged following the recent rains. No sign of any Bullfrog's and not too many birds out on the pans.

There was a calling Rufous-naped Lark where I parked my car. I didnt quite manage to get him jumping as he called

Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana)

I was however thrilled to find a pair of Yellow-crowned Bishop's - a species that has disappeared from this location and is now generally scarce in Midrand. It is interesting to see that Yellow-crowned has more extensive and obvious rump feathers than the Red Bishop

Male Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer)

Whilst slowly following the Bishop, I came across a Levaillant's Cisticola

Levaillant's Cisticola (Cisticola tinniens)

I then focused on looking for a few invertebrates finding African Plain Tiger

African Plain Tiger (Danaus c. orientis)

and African Blue Pansy, the less common of the two Blue Pansy's

African Blue Pansy (Junonia o. madagascariensis)

There were good number of Tropical Bluetail's in the grassland close to the pan edges with quite a couple of mating pairs

Tropical Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis)

A little further away, there were also Swamp Bluet's

Swamp Bluet (Africallagma glaucum)

This Damselfly is to young to pin an ID too

Damselfly sp.

And I'm unsure of the ID of this Moth

Moth sp.

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