04 May 2013 – the elusive honeybird…

After hearing of several reports of Brown-backed Honeybird being seen at Kirstenbosch (a species we still needed to photograph for our challenge), we decided to visit the gardens this morning to try for it. We went straight to the area where it had been reported from recently and spent quite a bit of time there looking and listening. There were reasonable numbers of common species around and it was good to see a fair number of Klaas’s Cuckoos visiting a particular tree that was full of caterpillars.

Klaas's Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

Over the course of the next few hours, we walked around slowly, hearing the Honeybird once (but being unable to actually find it) and others who were also there to look for it managed the briefest of glimpses before it disappeared. Still, all in all, a nice morning wandering around the gardens and good to just get out into the field anyway.

Forest Canary

Forest Canary

Sombre Greenbul

Sombre Greenbul

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~ by hardakerwildlife on May 25, 2013.

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