LITTLE CRAKE in CAPE TOWN: NEW BIRD FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN LIST!

 

An unexpected arrival in Cape Town, in the form of a female Little Crake ( Porzana parva) triggered a wave of national media coverage and local  ‘twitcher’ interest when it appeared last week on a local pond in Clovelly not far from our home in Simon’s Town.Little Crake, Clovelly in Cape Town, March 2012

Its arrival in the austral autumn represented a classic case of ‘reverse migration’ for a winter migrant never before recorded further south than Ethiopia in Africa.

Aside from the excitement of a new bird for the South African list, the bird itself proved to be confiding and  visually  co-operative providing  hundreds of avid birders with open and repetitive views of what would generally be referred to as a ‘skulker of note’.

Attached are a few shots taken yesterday to give you an idea of what the delightfully endearing little lady looks like. Enjoy !

Little Crake, Clovelly in Cape Town, March 2012

 

Little Crake, Clovelly in Cape Town, March 2012

 

Little Crake, Clovelly in Cape Town, March 2012

 

 

2 Responses to LITTLE CRAKE in CAPE TOWN: NEW BIRD FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN LIST!

  1. B Fordyce says:

    Is it still there?.Coming down to Cape Town for Two Oceans and would love to see it.

    • avianleisure says:

      Latest news is that the Little Crake appears to have finally departed following a fairly extensive preening session late on Monday afternoon. An all-day vigil by keen birders and photographers yesterday failed to produce a confirmed sighting. So, on the face of it, the little lady has re-orientated her compass and set off for Europe in keeping with the normal migratory pattern for Little Crakes out of central Africa at this time of year. Should this not prove to have been the case and a further sighting is reported a text message updating you will be relayed to your phone. So let us have your mobile number by return (or email to info@avianleisure.com) and best of running luck in the Two Oceans…

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