22 February 2023

Last chance

05 January 2023 - Plettenberg Bay; Day 14

Another overcast and drizzly morning and whilst my wife accompanied by son to have his haircut, I had one last attempt at finding this damn Woodpecker. I cant believe it has been harder to find than the Warbler.

Back along the road parallel to the golf course and to Sunera Stud Farm which has quite an impressive entrance

Sunera Stud Farm

Again I found Dusky Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher (Muscicapa adusta)

A Greater Double-collared Sunbird - I love this style of shooting through the habitat/foliage in the foreground

Greater Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris afer)

A male Black Cuckoo-shrike flew by overhead

Black Cuckoo-shrike (Campephaga flava)

No luck at all with the Woodpecker in the area around the gate, cemetery and church, but I did get brief visuals of Olive Bushshrike. Driving back to the main road, more Knysna Turaco's to tease me - that unexpected flash of red gets me every time.

Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix)

And an obliging Sombre Greenbul

Sombre Greenbul (Andropadus importunus)

One last look around the Robberg running/cycling track only produced a juvenile Black-winged Kite

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)

And a few Speckled Mousebird's

Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)

So, the Woodpecker eluded me and the trifecta of Knysna specials. But, I did manage to get images of the Knysna Warbler and Knysna Turaco in Plett, so I guess 2 out of 3 was acceptable in the end, despite my efforts.

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