KAROO BIRDING: THE EVER SO ELUSIVE ROCK PIPIT

Of all the pipits the one with the most evocative call is undoubtedly the Rock Pipit as its repetitive and far-carrying signature note and supporting trill drifts down the slope of a rocky Karoo hill during the height of the summer rainfall season. This is the best time to try for a sighting as the species is easily overlooked when not calling outside of the breeding cycle.African Rock Pipit

African Rock Pipit - Birding in the Karoo

African Rock Pipit

Originally referred to in the early literature as Kopje Lark and Large Yellow-tufted Pipit, the latter referred to features are not overtly obvious unless one is close enough to the bird and the light is good at the time.

Seeing a calling bird out in the open in display mode is always a visual treat as can be seen from these two images of an obliging bird calling in Lesotho at the top of Sani Pass.

PJC/AvianLeisure/06/02/12

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