Hartebeestfontein Conservancy is proud to offer articles about trees, flowers, birds and alien species of the region. 

Blue waxbill

Bird of the month is the tiny Blue waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis).

2013-01-12

Crested Barbet

This month's Bird of the Month is the Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii).  Crested Barbet - photograph courtesy of Operation Wildflower

2015-08-30

Secretary birds (Sagittarius serpentarius)

A recent press release of BirdLife, SA (16 April 2015) reports on their research project to study the Secretary bird, launched in 2011 – the same year that the threatened status of the Secretary bird was changed to vulnerable. The report describes the vast distances these birds travel after leaving the nest and the numerous threats they face.

2015-08-30

Redbilled Woodhoopoe

September’s bird of the month is the Redbilled Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) Photographs courtesy of Annette Raaff.

2012-09-10

Barn Owl

November’s bird of the month is the Barn Owl (Tyto alba).  (Photographed by Eris Stockenstroom, Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy) 

2015-08-30

Bird of the Month

Cape Vulture

Bird of the Month

Halfcollared Kingfisher

Bird of the Month

Groundscraper Thrush

Bird of the Month

Blacksmith Plover

Bird of the Month

Cattle Egret

Bird of the Month

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Bird of the Month

Paradise Flycatcher