It had been sometime since I last visited SAANR and with the pulsating Spring migration, I wanted to avoid any places where shooters would be out in force - so the peace and tranqulity of SAANR it was.
Today, we had high cloud most of the day that made for acceptable photography for the duration of the morning and kept temps bearable.
Driving toward Tuhla, I made a small detour past a line of trees that have grown quite a bit in the past 2-years, finding a host of passerine migrants including numerous Spotted Flycatchers.
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)|
I parked on the edge of the pan and was entertained by; Lesser Whitethroat
|Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)|
|Female Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)|
and the ever stunning White-throated Robin
|White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)|
|Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)|
|Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)|
|Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
|European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)|
|European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)|
|Female Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)|
A Common Whitethroat foraging amongst the few spring flowers
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
|Deceased Corncrake (Crex crex)|
|Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)|
|Pale Form Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)|
At the wadi pan, there were numerous Red-necked Phalaropes, a few Ruff, Common and Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint and Common Snipe as well as White-winged Tern in breeding plumage and this Whiskered Tern. This bird was feeding on the wing, taking insects off the surface - after many attempts I was able to capture this action in pixels.
|Feeding Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)|
On the way back to Tuhla, I stopped at a large patch of green in a depression that hosted hundreds of Ortolan Buntings, outnumbering all other migrants seen today. Here also Spring flowers were in full bloom
|Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)|
|Male Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)|
And lastly a Wryneck contentedly feeding on the ground at an ant burrow it had found, which reminded me that it was my time to head home for lunch.
|Feeding Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)|