20 July 2022

AGO Survey

16 June 2022 - GECKO Conservancy

Our group arranged another Grass Owl survey at a couple of sites in the Conservancy to check on the status of the chicks ringed on the previous visit and also if there was any sign of breeding for the second time.

Whilst waiting for all the group to arrive at the first site, I managed to photograph Jameson's Firefinch

Jameson's Firefinch (Lagonosticta rhodopareia)

and a poor record image of Brown-crowned Tchagra. Both species were new for me in this Pentad

Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)

There was also an obliging and singing Streaky-headed Seedeater

Streaky-headed Seedeater (Crithagra gularis)

Once the group arrived we went and checked on the two nests and to our utter dismay all the chicks ringed previously had died. We attributed this to the inexperience of the young female being unable to provide enough food for herself and her young - very sad indeed and a big loss to the population. 

However, we did find the female and hopefully she will have better success with her next clutch

Female African Grass Owl (Tyto capensis)

We moved to the next site, finding Cape Longclaw on the way - but no sign of the two (pair) Owls previously seen at this location

Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)

We then checked the final site and first found a Marsh Owl

Marsh Owl (Asio capensis)

And later a pair of Grass Owls that we suspect were the same pair we searched for at the second site this morning, so that was really encouraging. We now need to check on them in a months time, to see if they are breeding and fingers crossed that the site is not burnt by a winter fires.


African Grass Owl (Tyto capensis)

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