Brown-throated Martin coming into land. Photograph by Rod Douglas
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TMAK Project at Strandfontein

The TMAK  (Terns, Martins and Kingfishers) Project is an initiative of the Club which involved the building of breeding banks at two sites at Strandfontein Waste Water Treatment Works. Thanks to Rod Douglas who provided the pictures taken after the bird count on Sunday 11th November and the following report:

“It gives me great pleasure to share my record of a little Brown-throated Martin exploring his new home.

An announcement was made at Thursday’s CBC meeting regarding the newly created “nesting walls” at the Strandfontein sewerage works. While waiting for the rest of the counters to arrive Dick Barnes and I decided to inspect the wall at the Julie te Groen Hide. It was very quiet.

Having completed a wonderful morning bird counting we returned to the Julie te Groen Hide for tea and sticky buns. We all noticed a lot of Brown-throated Martin activity in the vicinity of the nesting wall. I ran for my camera and up the road to get a suitable angle to capture this activity.

Congratulations to Dave Whitelaw and others involved. It looks like the birds are giving their approval!”

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