08 August 2023

Local Patch

26 May 2023 - Glen Austin Pan

I spent a few hours at the Pan during the morning. Water levels are still pretty high given the time of the year. But considering the amount of summer rain, the water table is still full, so it has changed the habitat of the pan a little.

On the way to the Pan, there was a Black-winged Kite on the overhead wires

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)

At the pan, really good numbers of Hirundines made up primarily by Brown-throated Martin's

Brown-throated Martin  (Riparia paludicola)

Numbers of Palm Swift

African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus)

and this year's brood of Greater-striped Swallow's

Juvenile Greater-striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata)

The Gull numbers have reduced which may be related to the high water level. I'm still waiting on a Lesser Black-backed Gull to turn up...

Grey-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)

There was a lot of territorial interaction between the resident Coot's

Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)

Whilst Duck numbers weren't as great as I have seen on other visits there were some Red-billed Teal 

Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)

amongst the Cape Shoveler, Yellow-billed Ducks and Pochard

Male Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma)

It was great to see the pair of White-backed Duck's with their goslings - so the current conditions are ideal for them to have bred again

White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus)

There were a few Zitting Cisticola in the adjacent grassland

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

I will continue visiting this pan each month, as it always has the potential to deliver something special

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