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The Black Scrub-Robin, a rare Western Palearctic bird

RussheckensängerDry Sahel seems to be a hostile living environment in the dry season. Nevertheless it is home to a charismatic species found across the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal east to the Red Sea coast of Sudan and Eritrea I Africa: the Black Bush Robin or Black Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas podobe), an inhabitant of the hot arid subdesert and savanna with scattered shrubs or acacia bushes and groves of date palms.

During a Rockjumper-tour to bird northern Cameroon in April 2017, bird-lens.com also visited the wide Sahel belt in the northern part of Cameroon. Bird companions in the area going up to Waza NP are the Quail Plover or Lark Buttonquail (Ortyxelos meiffrenii), Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii), Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus) and the Cricket Warbler or Cricket Longtail (Spiloptila clamans).

Normally shortly after we left the car, at least one individual of a Black Scrub-Robin could be detected in or besides the low, thorny shrubbery.

The Black Bush Robin is a long-legged scrub-robin with long, graduated and usually high-cocked tail. The nominate race is greyish-black, with black rump, wings and tail. It is said to be common or very common across the majority of its range. Within this range it is generally considered resident, although short-distance migratory movements evidently occur, as the species is documented as a regular winter visitor south to Ethiopia and Continue reading The Black Scrub-Robin, a rare Western Palearctic bird

Beobachtungen der Schuppenkopfprinie im Norden Kameruns

SchuppenkopfprinieDie Schuppenkopfprinie (Spiloptila Clamans) ist ein weiterer hervorragender Beitrag zum Portfolio der westlichen paläarktischen Vögel für bird-lens.com. Obwohl erst vor kurzem in der Grenze der westlichen Paläarktis begegnet ist, ist dieser sympathische kleine Vogel, der in der Sahelregion heimisch ist, sehr willkommen.

Im April 2017 ging bird-lens.com auf eine Birding-Rockjumper-Tour im nördlichen Kamerun. Von Waza NP am 10. April kommend, erreichten wir nach einem super-frühen Aufbruch im Waza Camp am frühen Morgen die Felder nördlich der kleinen Ortschaft Mora. Die Felder, die wir erkunden wollten, sind nur wenige Kilometer von Mora direkt von der Durchgangsstraße aus zu erreichen. Das Gebiet ist durch kleinteilige Landwirtschaft geprägt, die an einem sehr sandigen Ort vollzogen wird. Ein hartes Geschäft für die Bauern. Zuerst war das begehrte Lerchenlaufhühnchen (Ortyxelos meiffrenii) auf der Wunschliste. Die Gruppe hatte ihre ganze Aufmerksamkeit auf diese selten anzutreffende Spezies gerichtet. Obwohl wir unsere Wanderung um 7.15 Uhr begannen, erwartete uns eine lange, heiße Exkursion. Bald liefen wir in einer Kette zielstrebig über die ausgedörrte Sahellandschaft. Wir mussten auf die dornigen Sträucher der Feldumgrenzungen genauso achten wie auf Löcher Continue reading Beobachtungen der Schuppenkopfprinie im Norden Kameruns

Cricket Longtail sightings in northern Cameroon

SchuppenkopfprinieThe Cricket Warbler or Cricket Longtail (Spiloptila clamans) is another excellent contribution to the portfolio of Western Palearctic birds for bird-lens.com. Although only recently encountered inside the boundary of the Western Palearctic this cute, small bird native to the Sahel region is highly welcome.

In April 2017, bird-lens.com went on a Rockjumper-tour to bird northern Cameroon. Coming from Waza NP on 10th of April, we arrived at Mora by early morning. The fields for birds were along the road just a few kilometres north of Mora. The small agriculture is done on a very sandy place. First the much-wanted Quail Plover or Lark Buttonquail (Ortyxelos meiffrenii) was on everybody’s mind, and we turned our attention to this species first. Although we started our walk at 7:15 AM, a long, hot walk expected us. Soon we were striding purposefully across the parched Sahelian landscape. We had to work hard, lining up and scanning the area. First we saw a Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii) circling low over our hats, a handful of Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus) and good numbers of Black Scrub-Robins (Cercotrichas podobe).

Shortly after we spotted a very smart pair of Cricket Longtail in the low, thorny shrubbery. A short while after, another single Cricket Longtail was noted; it was restless and moved from one Continue reading Cricket Longtail sightings in northern Cameroon