SO MUCH going on and a rather breezy day here, so an "indoor morning", so I had better get the enclosed out to all !
1. Exciting Bird times with lots of nests being discovered of the Fiscal Flycatcher,(the Daghs & at 127)(4366) Lesser Double-collared Sunbird (Graham & Dine(4815) & Nick & Hanna), chicks of Guineafowl (14)(4371); Spotted thick-knee (1)(thank you June 0069); Cape Francolin (10 & 6).
2. Some excellent photographs of Celeb, our deceased Spotted Eagle Owl (4804 Graham & cid 1D8D09/cid8A525 Di Dagh) and the GOOD news that there were two of them (thank you Anuta and Hettie) "Hettie passed on your email about the sad unnecessary death of the owl. On Wednesday (7.10.15) before last we had two owls on our roof. Against the sunset sky you could only see that they had very distinctive ears. One sat at each end of the highest pitch of the roof. The following evening only one was seen, also on the roof.(Anuta)".
3. More feedback about her (the female is usually the larger bird) :-
"We are so sad to read this sad news about Celeb. As discussed with Alison telephonically on two occasions we had the privilege of viewing her - once at about 6h30 on the 25 September sitting on the stop street post on the corner of Porter Drive. The second time, on Porter Driver approximately 10 days later,(5.10.15) her behaviour was rather unique. We saw her sitting on the ground on the right hand side of the road coming into Porter Drive. We stopped close to her and managed to take a couple of photo’s with our mobile phone. She then flew further up the road and almost waited for us to pass. We again stopped to view the absolutely beautiful creature with her large amber eyes. We stopped to take a look at her again and then she flew further up the road and almost waited for us to pass. We were obviously interrupting her hunt! The third and last time we saw her, she was on top of the telephone pole in front of our view deck and eventually flew off towards the nature reserve. We really do feel privileged to have had the opportunity to appreciate her unbelievable beauty. When I last spoke to Alison, she was not sure if it was a male or a female. So, it is wonderful to know that she was indeed a princess (Di Dagh)"
"This is so sad. I came in from outside and Graham told me with tears in his eyes. Oh dear, she flew right over my head four days ago.(11.10.15) She was everybody’s owl, but she was also “our” owl. (Dine)"
"So sad but remember our lovely sighting on the rocks.(March/April 2014) Lots love Ian."
4. An email sent to the Chalmers in gratitude for their quite marvellous dedication to injured birds :-
From Helen and Alison and ALL Rooi Elsers to Tracy and Hank,
A HUGE THANK YOU for everything that you both (and Family) did for us yesterday. Please see below what I sent out this morning to the "gang" of very keen contributors.
Their reply :-
So sorry that the story didn’t have a happy ending for your owl. Unfortunately, this is the down-side of our work. I assure you that, if there was any chance of pulling Celeb through, we would have tried. Thanks to you and all involved in rescuing her. Believe it or not, there are many who wouldn’t have bothered. Sounds like you have a fabulous community there in Rooi Els – maybe Hank and I should consider retiring there some day!
Hank &Tracy Chalmers
Co-Owner - Eagle Encounters
Administrator - Falcon Bird Pest Control
Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)21 858-1826
So, let us all keep looking at dawn and dusk for her mate.
5. Moving on to a fantastic spot made by June at 128 of a Wattled Starling (0095 & 0096), a male in full breeding plumage on , this was last seen in October 2011 and March 2006.
6. Wonderful photograph of a male Cape Rockjumper with a juvenile (4855), thank you Graham.
7. A "Female yellow bishop bird singing her lungs out on the dirt track." (4836) thank you Dine.
8. Check out Egyptian Geese are down to 3 chicks.
9. Cape Francolins are busy "trying" to make chicks and they are late this year.
Sooooooooooooooo to :-
10. Snakes alive (actually dead !) (4358 & 4360). This Puff Adder met a mongoose who killed it and dragged it out into the road to "demolish it" with two White-necked Ravens finishing it off.(corner of Anemone & Rocklands)
11. Otter tracks on the beach (4362)
Just keep everything coming in and enjoy, enjoy.
Highlights of the different news and camera bulletins