CINNAMON-BREASTED WARBLER – GEM OF THE GREAT KAROO – BIRDING the KAROO

I guess that within all of us there are some birds we regularly encounter that move the spirit more than others when they come into focus. Both rockjumper species  are perennially welcome examples as they bound about in hyper-active mode with an overt sense of curiosity that invariably leads to a close encounter for those with the patience to sit tight and wait for the engaging show to unfold to the delight of the eye…

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Patrick Cardwell Avian Leisure

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler in full cry

But even more so is the non-related but behaviourally similar and highly endearing resident of the rocky ridge lines and dolerite outcrops of the arid outback in the form of the aptly described Kopje Warbler that is better known today as the Cinnamon-breasted Warbler.

Cederberg Scenery of rocky ridge lines

Cederberg Scenery of rocky ridge lines

For many it is probably the most sought-after species within the suite of dry -west ‘specials’ and, rightly so, as there is invariably a tricky scramble up a rocky slope involved to secure a good sighting. On top of which success is never guaranteed when it comes to tracking down a cryptically plumaged warbler in rugged habitat that is more rodent than bird like in its foraging habits. So it was with sheer delight that during a careful and unsuccessful search for a Cape Eagle Owl in the Cederberg foothills we chanced upon a family party working their way along the profile of the rugged slope towards us.

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler with food

Sitting quietly paid off as adults and fledged young slowly worked their way over and under the rocks around us in the most engaging and interactive manner one could wish for that was reminiscent of the equally endearing and inquisitive rock elephant shrew. One curious fully developed youngster was well within my minimum focussing range no more than an arm’s length away!

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, juvenile

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, juvenile

 

Enjoy the images of the type specific habitat favoured by the species and the fine plumage detail, unlikely to be captured in even the best of field guide illustrations, as a temptation to a possible sighting opportunity when next birding in the Karoo or Namaqualand… for more info on Avian Leisure’s biridng tours, contact Patrick or Marie-Louise on info@avianleisure.com or visit our website http://www.avianleisure.com/

 

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

 

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler on typical rocky outcrop

 

One Response to CINNAMON-BREASTED WARBLER – GEM OF THE GREAT KAROO – BIRDING the KAROO

  1. rudy erasmus says:

    Sorry about the Capey , but this is surely very pretty and interesting bird instead . Never seen by us ,
    Hope you both well , hope to see you next year,

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