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Krokodilwächter am Weissen Volta in Ghana

KrokodilwächterÜber das Wasser fliegt ein bläuliches Etwas mit schwarz-weißen Streifen. Plötzlich steht der Krokodilwächter  (Pluvianus aegyptius) direkt vor uns auf der Sandbankkante. Schon wenig später ist ein kratzender Ruf im Gacker-Stackato zu hören. Wir scheinen uns mitten in seinem Territorium zu befinden. Die umherlaufenden Birder einzusammeln, bedeutet, daß der Vogel sich dann hinter eine Sandwehe verzieht. Wenig später erscheint er aber wieder auf dem Kamm des Sandhügels und versucht Eindruck zu machen, zu imponieren.

Der Tag hatte um 5:30 mit dem Frühstück angefangen. Gegen 6:15 verliessen wir das Motel in Richtung Nord-Osten. Heute wollen wir einen längeren Ausflug machen, um den Weißen Volta (der auch Nakambé heißt) auszusuchen. Das Zielbird ist der Krokodilwächter, der im englischen Egyptian Plover genannt wird. Früher ist der Touranbieter, Birdquest, dafür nach Bolgatanga an der Grenze nach Burkina Faso gefahren. Das hatte zwar auch den Zweck, Schwarzschopfkiebitz (Vanellus tectus), Rothalsfalke (Falco chicquera) und Blaßspötter (Hippolais pallida) zu sehen. Aber das Zielbird des Ausflugs so weit in den Norden war ganz klar der Krokodilwächter. Inzwischen hat man eine besser zugängliche Stelle gefunden, die vom Mole National Park im Norden Ghanas deutlich schneller zu erreichen ist. Aber auch so ist der Krokodilwächter eine kleine Reise wert. Wir sind gut 2 Stunden – erst auf asphaltierter Straße, dann auf einer Piste – unterwegs, um den Vogel, den Krokodilwächter, auf seinem Lieblings-Habitat, den Sandbänken, zu Continue reading Krokodilwächter am Weissen Volta in Ghana

Orange Weaver near nest on Sanaga River

KönigsweberThe sun was already up and shining. The mighty Sanaga River laid in beautiful light in front of us. A small wooden boat was hired for this morning to pick us up at a sand pit at the shore of the river for a morning trip on the water. When we arrived, nobody was there. But some more minutes later we saw two guys heavily paddling a small canoe down river. We embarked the canoe only minutes later and started the trip. Large sandbanks in the middle of the river were our first stop. Eventually we made our way down the river to some more matured sandbank, which has become well vegetated islands. The banks of these islands were quite steep and the water in front so deep that the driver of the canoe could not fix the boat with his long wooden stick. Maneuvering the boat with the paddles against the currents, I saw a typical weaver nest hanging less than half a meter above water level on reed. I tried to tape the Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) with its call. Only a fraction of time, a small yellow bird with an orange wash on the head and breast appeared: the male of the Orange Weaver. What a bird!

The Orange Weaver was one of the highlights on a Rockjumper trip in April 2017. But at that time we saw 3 birds on our final birding Continue reading Orange Weaver near nest on Sanaga River

Grey-necked Picathartes in Campo-Ma’an National Park/ Cameroon

Buntkopf-FelshüpferNow the afternoon was for the Grey-necked Picathartes or Grey-necked Rockfowl (Picathartes oreas). We expected an arduous trip of hiking for hours through tropical heat in the National Park. Some people say, that the bird only appears after rain storms. If this would be true, we would be unlucky, as on our first day in the park’s interior, it did not rain. We had only one more day in the park – but rain seemed likely enough for the next days. I cannot confirm, that the particiapants of the trip showed sights of anxiety and gloom. But never you know. On trips prior to ours the bird had not been seen.

But already with the hike we were lucky. We had a short, pleasant and fairly easy hike with lots of good birds to at “cave” formed of several enormous boulders where the birds build mud nests on the sides of the rocks during the breeding season. We hoped that no rain was needed as our guides told us, that this species checks on its breeding site every afternoon or during dusk. We arrived early in the hope that the birds would appear in some natural light. Maybe earlier than normally to expect. One of the local guides tried to show as the nest a bit too much. We almost shouted through the forest to keep him from removing the nest. The Continue reading Grey-necked Picathartes in Campo-Ma’an National Park/ Cameroon