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Common Whitethroat at Brenu Beach Grasslands near Cape Coast

DorngrasmückeAfter a long journey from Ankasa, we – a Birdquest-Group – stranded for an afternoon birding at Brenu Beach Grasslands near Cape Coast / Ghana. We had just seen a male Marsh Tchagra (Tchagra minuta) a bird in a spiny bush reminded me of an old friend from Germany. It looked like a Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis). I called, but obviously nobody of the group was interested. So made some shots with my camera and had to rely on my photos to help me to identify the bird. Reviewing the photos, the bird in the bush look very much like this common European warbler. I consult birdforum.net. The experts confirmed ID to me. In the meanwhile, another Palearctic migrant was detected. It was a Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus). Attempts to get the Great Reed Warbler out of the bush failed. When excitement ceased, the Common Whitethroat had gone.

The bird reminded me of a young male already on the spot. The wing pattern seemed quite convincing to me at the time. On the images I saw a hint of a pale white eye ring. The “problem was, that books, as „Birds of Western Africa“ (Helm Identification Guides) von Nick Borrow und Ron Demey, mention this bird only as a vagrant in the south (pictured as a red cross) and see their wintering distribution more for the north. This in contrast to the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), which is shown for the north of Ghana and the coastal strip.

As the Common Whitethroat is a common warbler in the Western Palearctic, there seems to be a lack in information concerning its distribution in Western Africa. The same what happened in March 2019 in Ghana happened in the littoral province of southern Cameroon 2 years ago. On a way back from a successful hike on Mount Cameroon, we were lucky to observe this Western Palearctic visitor near the Continue reading Common Whitethroat at Brenu Beach Grasslands near Cape Coast

Schieferfalken am Roten Meer in Süd-Ägypten

SchieferfalkeEin Stoß aus dem blauen Abendhimmel. Braune Federn in der Luft. Der Zusammenstoß dauert nicht lange. Dann ist das Spektakel auch schon vorbei und der Falke in den niedrigen Mangroven verschwunden. Wieder hat ein ziehender Singvogel sein Leben ausgehaucht. Ein Schieferfalke (Falco concolor) hat wieder mal unweit seines Brutplatzes zugeschlagen.

Ein Ausflug zum Wadi el-Gemal Delta beginnt an einem „Parkplatz“. Bäume, Palmen, dichte Vegetation und sogar eine Info-Tafel. Hier hat man sich mal Mühe gegeben. Aber dann ist wohl das Geld ausgegangen. Schade, denn die Gegend hätte  mehr Aufmerksamkeit verdient. Aus einem Palmenhain scheuchen wir 5 Nachtreiher (Nycticorax nycticorax) auf. Wunderschön ist dann unser erster Schieferfalke herüber fliegend zu sehen. Es ist sehr windig und dabei trotzdem heiß. Am Strand, der erstaunlich steinig ist, treiben sich etliche Reiher herum. Es scheinen vor allem Continue reading Schieferfalken am Roten Meer in Süd-Ägypten