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Wood owl in Clovelly

"I wonder if it too is a fire refugee? There certainly are more birds of prey in the neighbourhoods now than pre –fire."

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Stanford Bird Club outing to the Vermont salt pan 31 March 2015

Causing much excitement, a couple of exquisite breeding male Maccoa Ducks emerged from the reeds ...

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Footage of an African Fish Eagle denying a Saddle-Billed Stork his supper

... it is stated that it is not uncommon for the fish eagle to steal food from other raptors. This stork could not have been less rapturous having had its meal stolen!

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Male wood duck on Klein River in Stanford

An unusual avian visitor is bobbing around in the Klein River in Stanford – a male wood duck (Aix sponsa) whose natural distribution is on the East and West coasts of the North American continent.

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Walker Bay Bird Fair outing to Die Mond

The very brief and unrepeated sighting of a Painted Snipe was a source of great excitement for the birding fundis as was the sighting of a “lifer”, a.k.a a Terek Sandpiper, at Die Mond.

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Crab spiders, Long Spinnered Bark spiders and Fishing spiders photographed in Southbroom, KZN

Not more than 800m was covered by us in around 3 hours as there was so much to see in this dense humid environment ...

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