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Mount Kupé Bushshrike – searching for a rare bird

HalsbandwürgerOne of the top birds of the Bakossi Mountains is Serle’s Bushshrike (Telophorus kupeensis) – better known as Mount Kupe Bushshrike. This fresh morning had started almost exactly like the previous, unsuccessful birding morning. But this time we take another trail. At the very beginning, we see the remains of a camp where scientists had conducted ornithological surveys (ringing schemes, etc.). In conduct of the trip, reliable locations for Mount Kupe Bushshrike should be found. We will be playing the voice of Serle’s Bushshrike (better known as Mount Kupe Bushshrike) too and perhaps lure it out. Along the way, the local guides had seen the bird at least. The bird activity is amazingly good. The Blackcap Illadopsis (Illadopsis cleaveri) or better Black-capped Illadopsis and Yellow Longbill (Macrosphenus flavicans) can be heard. The first known location of the Mount Kupe Bushshrike proves to be unproductive. We then continue along the ever-narrowing path. It is now 8:00 am and very pleasant in the forest. The sun is already shining on the first slopes. At the 2nd spot we stop to play the raucous song of Serle’s Bushshrike and maybe lure it out. The local guide had definitely seen it on this spot several times. But first we see “only” a Bar-tailed Trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), in the dense foliage. Suddenly, in the far distance, a Bushshrike answers. For a while I play the tape with its rasping calls. In between, the local guide is very good at mimicking the bird’s Continue reading Mount Kupé Bushshrike – searching for a rare bird

African Pied Hornbill in the dust bath in the Campo Maan National Park / Cameroon

ElstertokoOn the way back from the Campo Maan National Park after a very successful search for the Grey-necked Rockfowl (Picathartes oreas) we drive on the last day straight into a hollow and then look over a ridge, which makes the track in the slightly wavy national park. Before us, dust swirls in the middle of the dirt track. A group of African Pied Hornbills does not only just hang around in the adjacent trees, but also on the ground. The African Pied Hornbill (Tockus fasciatus) with their red lower bill belong to the subspecies fasciatus and they really look so beautiful. Although the track does not look too dusty, it seems to exert an uncanny attraction on the birds. Some individuals of the African Pied Hornbills are already flying away when we come over the top with our car. But one bird – probably a female – remains sitting and takes a long dusty bath. I let the driver stop the car and also turn off the engine. So, I can take some distance shots with the Canon EF400mm f / 2.8L IS II USM lapped on the side mirror. Then I let it get closer two more times. The bird does not fly off. Of course, the female of African Pied Hornbill does not let us out of her sight. First, she secures, but then she ducks deep into a hollow and throws up the dust so that the plumage is completely covered. Only when we are up to 25 meters, she flies out of the lying posture and disappears on a perch in a low tree. This day was almost the most successful birding morning of the last days.

Campo Maan is Hornbill -Country with the possibility of White-crested Hornbill (Tockus albocristatus), Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill (Tockus camurus), African Pied Hornbill (Tockus fasciatus), Piping Hornbill (Ceratogymna fistulator), Continue reading African Pied Hornbill in the dust bath in the Campo Maan National Park / Cameroon

Mount Kupé Bushshrike – eine Erfolgsgeschichte

HalsbandwürgerEin frischer, sonniger Februarmorgen in den Bakossi Mountains. Nach einem erfolglosen ersten Tag auf Suche haben wir am Ende des 2. Tages dann insgesamt 7 Individuen des Halsbandwürgers (Telophorus kupeensis) „encountered“; davon 4 Sichtungen und 3 weitere Exemplare, die an anderer Stelle nur gehört wurden. Nach intensiver Suche am Morgen war endlich ein territoriales Paar des Halsbandwürgers (Telophorus kupeensis) – im englischen als Serle’s Bushshrike oder Mount Kupe Bushshrike bekannt – gefunden.

Die Vögel sind sogar recht niedrig im Waldinnern – schon fast im Unterholz –zu finden. Auf den (wenigen) Fotos, die in den Image-Datenbanken zu finden sind, wird dieser nur sehr lokal vorkommende Buschwürger nur im Kronendach im Gegenlicht wiedergegeben. Wir übersteigen Lianen und umgestürzte Baumstämme und stehen dann knapp unter der Oberkante eines Bergkamms.  Etwas weiter unterhalb am Abhang treibt sich das Paar des Serle’s Bushshrike (Mount Kupe Bushshrike) in nicht mehr als 1 Meter Höhe im nicht zu dichten, aber moos- und flechtenbewachsenen Unterholz herum.

Zuvor war aber harte Arbeit zu erledigen. Die erste für den Halsbandwürger bekannte Stelle erweist sich als unergiebig. Wir laufen den immer enger werdenden Pfad weiter. Es ist nun 8:00 und sehr angenehm im Wald. Die Sonne bestrahlt schon die ersten Hänge. Am 2. Spot halten wir, um die Stimme des Halsbandwürgers abzuspielen und ihn vielleicht hervor zu locken. Dort hatte ihn der lokale Guide auf jeden Fall schon einige Male gesehen. Zuerst sehen wir aber wieder „nur“ einen Bergtrogon (Apaloderma vittatum), im dichten Blätterdach. Plötzlich: In weiter Ferne antwortet der Halsbandwürger mit seinen typischen rauchig-kratzigen Continue reading Mount Kupé Bushshrike – eine Erfolgsgeschichte