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

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

Halfcollared Kingfisher

Bird of the Month is the Halfcollared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquada). This rare bird species has been sighted by some of members with riverfront properties on the Magalies River, and elsewhere, on a number of occasions. Anyone in the Oori, or along the Jukskei, Hennops or Crocodile Rivers have a similar experience?

2015-08-30

Paradise Flycatcher

October’s bird of the month is the Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis). Photograph by Alex Delides of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy  

2012-07-10

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

Cape Vulture

August's bird of the month is the Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)

2015-08-30

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Redbilled Woodhoopoe

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Blacksmith Plover

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Groundscraper Thrush

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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Barn Owl

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Cattle Egret

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Blue waxbill