Outing to Intaka Island.

05 March 2024– Led by Joel Radue and Zoe Lunau-Johns.

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A group of about 15 birders braved the morning traffic to join the outing to Intaka. Gigi pointed out two Acacia Pied Barbets not far from the starting point. We made our way towards the seasonal pans, but these were unfortunately dry this late in the summer. Two Common Reed Warblers showed well in the large bushes nearby.

We then slowly made our way to the bird hides, stopping to look around the outskirts of the main water body. Four Black-crowned Night Herons were seen sitting in reeds and trees overhanging the water. Barn and White-throated Swallows and a Brown-throated Martin were also seen flying above the area and dipping down to drink water. At the first bird hide, a Malachite Kingfisher came up close on one of the perches, performing excellently and allowing for perfect photo opportunities for those present.

This was the highlight of the morning for many. Additionally, dozens of Yellow-billed Ducks, a Purple Heron and a Glossy Ibis showed off in front of the hide. A total of 55 species were seen.


Photographs by Zoe Lunau-Johns.

Report by Zoe Lunau-Johns.