Weltevrede Eco-Toerisme Ontwikkeling

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home News & Events Latest Great Knots found on the Mozambique Coast

Great Knots found on the Mozambique Coast

While leading a birding trip to Southern Mozambique, Maans Booysen located and photographed no less than 3 Great Knots (Calidris tenuirostris) at the Barra Peninsula, near Inhambane, Southern Mozambique. There is one previous record of Great Knot for the Barra Peninsula by Faansie Peacock in December 2004, but given these birds propensity to return to the same area, it is conceivable that one might be the same bird that Faansie recorded in 2004.

The birds Maans photographed were seen on 20 September, near White Sands on the northern corner of the "Barra Peninsula".

Contrary to Western South Africa, where Red Knot is very common, they are are scarce to say the least on the Mozambique Coast, so all "Knot-like" birds should be checked to see if they are Great Knot. Given the vast amount of estuarine habitat on the Mozambique coast, the possibility exists that there are more than just a handful of these birds present each summer.

Great Knot breeds in the subarctic highlands of north-easter Siberia and winters in South-east Asia and Australia. Vagrants are recorded from Europe, the Middle East and Morocco, while a single bird was recorded at the Seeberg Hide, West Coast National Park for four summers from 2000 until 2004.(The only record for South Africa)

The Barra Peninsula, particularly the mudflats and mangrove swamps just below the north-eastern corner of the Peninsula are one of Southern Africa's great wader hotspots, with regular summer records of numbers of Crab Plover.



Last Updated ( Monday, 10 January 2011 12:44 )  




Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took: On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best.A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird party feeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler.