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

Groundscraper Thrush

June’s bird of the month is the Groundscraper Thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa) or Nwadlodlomam (Tswana). Groundscraper Thrush - Photographed by Eric Stockenstroom

2015-08-30

Blacksmith Plover

The March bird of the month is the Blacksmith Plover  Photograph by Gavin Orbel in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy

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

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

Bird of the Month

Blue waxbill

Bird of the Month

Halfcollared Kingfisher

Bird of the Month

Cape Vulture

Bird of the Month

Cattle Egret

Bird of the Month

Barn Owl

Bird of the Month

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Bird of the Month

Paradise Flycatcher