Weaver rarity records

Weaver rarity records from SA Rare Bird News

This is a summary of weavers mentioned on the SA Rare Bird News – each record has a link to the original listserver email. If photos were included, a link allows the photo to be viewed here, but they are hosted at rarebirdnews.

The species with the most records is the Southern Brown-throated Weaver from Crocodile Bridge at Kruger. There have been quite a few published records of out-of-range White-winged Widowbirds, but none reported on rarebirdnews. 17 of some 25 southern African species have been reported on rarebirdnews (ie out of range records). Two errors are listed below.

List of weavers with records:

Thick-billed Weaver
Scaly-feathered Finch
White-browed Sparrow-weaver
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver
Red-billed Quelea
Red-headed Quelea
Yellow-crowned Bishop
Red-headed Weaver
Dark-backed Weaver
Spectacled Weaver
Lesser Masked Weaver
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Eastern Golden Weaver (or Yellow Weaver)
Southern Masked Weaver
Chestnut Weaver
Village Weaver
Southern Brown-throated Weaver

Species records:

Thick-billed Weaver

20/12/2017 – Mike Buckham reports a Thick-billed Weaver and Amur Falcon at Cape St Francis.

04/11/2010 – in the North-west Province, a few THICK-BILLED WEAVERS were reported on the weekend from reedbeds at the Orkney Golf Course. This species seems to be spreading its way westwards, especially along the Vaal River, at quite a reasonable rate at the moment.

Thick-billed Weaver in Orkney
© Jasper Jansen

Scaly-feathered Finch

17/02/2020 – a group of 4 SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES were seen this morning at the KM19 marker north of Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park.

19/08/2019 – in Limpopo, a SCALY-FEATHERED FINCH was seen again at Boyela waterhole, north of Shingwedzi, in the Kruger National Park on Saturday.

11/07/2019 – in Limpopo, a group of 7 SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES were found a short distance south of Boyela waterhole in the Kruger National Park on Monday. What was perhaps even more interesting with Monday’s find was the discovery of two active nest sites, only the second nesting record known from the Kruger National Park following birds nesting in the Makuleke Concession in 2011.

Scaly-feathered Finch south of Boyela waterhole© Duncan McKenzie

13/05/2019 – this afternoon, there was another record of SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES from the Kruger National Park when a small group of birds was seen in the north-western corner of the Makuleke Concession not too far from Pafuri.

06/05/2019 – Up in Limpopo, there was some surprise when 2 SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES were found along the S53 about 9km south of Babalala Picnic Site in the Kruger National Park on Saturday, possibly only the second ever confirmed record for the park, following birds that were found breeding in Makuleke Concession around 8 years ago.

Scaly-feathered Finches south of Babalala Picnic Site
© Leigh Hoets

14/03/2011 – Also still proving popular on a provincial scale is the LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER just south of Merweville which was still on view early yesterday whilst other noteworthy records in this same area included a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE, several SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES (quite far west for this species) and a BLACK-CHESTED SNAKE EAGLE.

23/11/2010 – on Friday, 4 SCALY-FEATHERED FINCHES were located at Kwandwe Game Reserve near Grahamstown, an apparently south-easterly extension of range by some way.

08/03/2010 – the area near Cofimvaba (in the former Transkei) produced both a BLACK-CHESTED PRINIA and a SCALY-FEATHERED FINCH with both species being well south-east of their known ranges.

White-browed Sparrow-weaver

25/11/2019 – a WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER seen at Ghwarrie Dam in Addo National Park on Saturday

21/11/2019 – WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVERS seen building a nest at Nandzana Windmill on Monday

White-browed Sparrow-weaver at Nandzana Windmill
© Guy Hausler
 

8/07/2019 – a WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER was seen 20km south of Timbavati picnic site along the S39 in the Kruger National Park on Saturday.

White-browed Sparrow-weaver along the S39© Ard van de Wetering

 

8/01/2019 – WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER: At least 3 birds present in the Pafuri area of Kruger National Park, which I believe is a very unusual bird for the park. Reported by Johann du Preez.

10/09/2018 – Up in Limpopo Province, the easterly spread into the northern parts of the Kruger National Park for WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVERS continues with a bird reported earlier today building a nest on the north side of the S63 about 350m from the H1-8 towards Pafuri picnic site.

12/01/2017 – the WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER was still near Tugela Ferry earlier today.

28/11/2016 – the WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER was also still around about 10km south of Tugela Ferry yesterday.

7/11/2016 – Also still attracting local attention, the WHITE-BROWED SPARROW WEAVER remained in place about 10km south-west of Tugela Ferry at -28.813,30.371 on Saturday.

31/10/2016 – on Saturday, a WHITE-BROWED SPARROW WEAVER was located about 10km south-west of Tugela Ferry at -28.813,30.371.

White-browed Sparrow-weaver near Tugela Ferry© Colin Summersgill 

12/12/2013 – a WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER was seen at Shingwedzi, in the Kruger National Park.

30/09/2013 – 2 WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVERS, another really tough bird in the province were reported from Pongola Nature Reserve yesterday.

13/02/2012 – WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVER nesting 5km (on left) towards Nkumbe lookout from H1-2/H10 junction (Tshokwane).

07/03/2011 – at least 3 WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVERS with signs of nesting activity as well were noted about 4km from Tshokwane along the road to Lower Sabie.

White-browed Sparrow-weaver near Tshokwane© Tertius Gous 

19/07/2010 – A small group of nesting WHITE-BROWED SPARROW-WEAVERS (3-4 birds) were located about 4km from the Tshokwane picnic site on the tar road to Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park.

White-browed Sparrow-weaver near Tshokwane
© Duncan McKenzie

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

10/10/2019 – In the Northern Cape, there was some surprise yesterday when a small group of RED-BILLED BUFFALO-WEAVERS were found at Mokala National Park, well south of where this species normally occurs.

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver in Mokala National Park
© Beryl Wilson

 

3/01/2016 – RED-BILLED BUFFALO WEAVER – a single female seen at the last stream crossing before entering Mkhuze Game Reserve on 24 December.

3/12/2015 – a RED-BILLED BUFFALO WEAVER was present yesterday at Mavela Lodge on the Zululand Rhino Reserve.

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver at Mavela Lodge© Andre Bernon

22/10/2015 – a RED-BILLED BUFFALO-WEAVER was reported from Pongola Nature Reserve.

Red-billed Quelea

15/09/2014 – In the Western Cape, a flock of RED-BILLED QUELEAS was located yesterday along the dirt road (R324) between Witsand and Swellendam. This species has certainly expanded its range in recent years and more and more records are being reported from the province these days.

Red-billed Quelea near Witsand
© Gaynor Donovan

14/04/2014 – Saturday turned up records of a single RED-BILLED QUELEA in a garden in D’Urbanvale.

Red-billed Quelea in D’Urbanvale
© Ina van der Westhuizen

23/01/2014 – on Sunday, a RED-BILLED QUELEA was mistnetted and ringed on a farm just outside of Malmesbury. [see brief trip report]

Red-billed Quelea near Malmesbury
© John Fincham

03/10/2013 – Down to the Western Cape where a RED-BILLED QUELEA was reported from near Faure on the Cape Flats on Monday, still quite an odd record so close to Cape Town.

29/10/2009 – a RED-BILLED QUELEA on the farm Leeuwenboschfontein near Montagu.

20/04/2009 – a RED-BILLED QUELEA seen at De Vlei Reserve about 72km north of Ceres along the R355 over the Easter Weekend.

Red-headed Quelea

18/12/2017 – 16/12/2017 Red-headed Quelea. Found by Clayton Burne at Darvill Sewage Works 16/12/2017 (not relocated on 17/12/2017).

Red-headed Quelea

10/08/2017 – the RED-HEADED QUELEA was seen again at Raptor’s View estate just outside Hoedspruit on Monday.

07/08/2017 – of particular interest was the discovery on Saturday of a non-breeding female RED-HEADED QUELEA in a flock of Red-billed Quelea in a garden in Raptor’s View just outside Hoedspruit. This is way out of range for this species and I cannot seem to find any references to previous records of this species in the province, so it may well be the first.

Red-headed Quelea (centre) in Hoedspruit
© Cameron Blair

17/10/2016 – up at Ngciyo Pans, there was some excitement on Saturday when at least 3 RED-HEADED QUELEAS were located there. These birds drew some local interest and were still in place yesterday.

Red-headed Quelea at Ngciyo Pans
© Jorrie Jordaan

16/10/2016 – RED-HEADED QUELEA – at least 3 birds still present at Ngciyo Pans this morning – reported by Jorrie Jordaan.

18/10/2016 – RED-HEADED QUELEA – at least 3 individuals have been found this morning at Ngciyo Pans (Eastern Cape) at 33°35’51.7″S 26°36’34.0″E – reported by Jo Balmer.

ERROR: 19/04/2012 – Moving into Kwazulu Natal, a slightly out of range RED-HEADED QUELEA was reported on Tuesday along the road that leads from Ulundi to the Cengeni gate into the Umfolozi Game Reserve. [error for RED-HEADED FINCH, 20/04/2012]

17/01/2011 – not strictly a rarity, the following has been received on what seems to be a reliable stake-out for RED-HEADED QUELEA at the moment, a bird that can be tough to connect with.
Found a great and easily accessible pan for Red-headed Quelea that are nesting. From Gateway shopping centre there is a little pan in an undeveloped area to the north in between the centre and an area called Prestondale, stay in the low lying drainage line, park just off the road close to a red soil bank and walk 40m to the pan.

30/11/2009 – small numbers of RED-HEADED QUELEAS were present throughout the weekend at the new La Mercy airport site north of Durban.

Red-headed Quelea at La Mercy
© David Allan

12/11/2009 – there have been a few reports of RED-HEADED QUELEAS turning up in gardens in Meerensee in Richard’s Bay over the last few days which appears to be unusual for this species.

Red-headed Quelea in Meerensee
© Andre Vorster

Yellow-crowned Bishop

29/11/2012 – Yesterday saw a male YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP being located at Junction Dam at Phinda Private Game Reserve.

04/04/2011 – On the weekend, a small group of YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOPS with at least 3 males in it was still present along the Gamka River running through Beaufort West.

Yellow-crowned Bishop in Beaufort West
© Graham Searll
[also photo by Trevor]

28/03/2011 – Other birds continuing to show well in town (Beaufort West) are the GREEN WOOD-HOOPOE and YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP.

Yellow-crowned Bishop in Beaufort West
© Japie Claassen

14/03/2011 – the YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP is also still present in the Beaufort West area.

Yellow-crowned Bishop in Beaufort West
© Japie Claassen

07/03/2011 – the YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP reported last week along a river in Beaufort West is also still present but is rather skittish and proving a little elusive for photos.

17/02/2011 – a YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP, an extremely rare bird in the province, located on a farm about 30km west of Murraysburg.

09/03/2009 – two regional oddities recorded at Phinda Game Reserve in the form of a YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP and a DUSKY LARK.

Red-headed Weaver

5/10/2020 – There were also a BENNETT’S WOODPECKER and a RED-HEADED WEAVER holding on at Zebra Hills in Manyoni Private Game Reserve earlier today as well.

21/09/2020 – 1 male and 2 female RED-HEADED WEAVERS still around Leopard Mountain Lodge in Manyoni Private Game Reserve on Sunday.

3/09/2020 – Manyoni Private Game Reserve – female RED-HEADED WEAVER seen there on Monday 31/08/2020.

ERROR: 11/06/2020 – RED-HEADED WEAVER was discovered seemingly building a nest at -32.822, 25.593. [this is a mis-identification; also included in ]

14/10/2019 – Also of local interest, the male RED-HEADED WEAVER was back at Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge in Manyoni Private Game Reserve on Friday.

20/10/2016 – This morning, it was also confirmed that a male RED-HEADED WEAVER along with 2 females is back at Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge near Mkhuze.

14/09/2015 – a RED-HEADED WEAVER was once again recorded at Leopard Mountain Game Lodge in the same reserve on Friday, the 5th year in a row that this has happened.

11/11/2013 – The province also delivered some other regionally good birds last week, all from Mavela Game Reserve, which included SOUTHERN RED-BILLED HORNBILL, LEVAILLANT’S CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WEAVER and LESSER GREY SHRIKE.

10/10/2013 – on Sunday, the RED-HEADED WEAVER was confirmed as still being present at the Zululand Rhino Reserve.

30/09/2013 – Other good birds included the return of a pair of RED-HEADED WEAVERS for the third season in a row to Leopard Mountain Game Lodge in Mkhuze last week.

29/11/2012 – The RED-HEADED WEAVER has, once again, also been reported from Leopard Mountain Game Lodge in Mkuze, whilst close by at Rhino River Lodge

01/03/2012 – In Kwazulu Natal, some RED-HEADED WEAVERS have now also been found breeding at Phinda Game Reserve. They were originally recorded there in 2008, but then disappeared and have only recently been relocated there. Is anyone aware of any breeding records any further south than this?

Red-headed Weaver at Phinda Game Reserve© Daryl Dell
 

27/01/2011 – Further up the coast in Kwazulu Natal, there have also been a number of interesting regional reports coming through from an atlassing trip that worked the area around Ulundi. Most notable records for the province coming from this area over the weekend included a nesting RED-HEADED WEAVER

Dark-backed Weaver

19/10/2009 – Continuing with the regional rarities theme, Mpumalanga also delivered some interesting birds over the weekend near Malelane with BLACK-BELLIED STARLING, DARK-BACKED WEAVER and PINK-THROATED TWINSPOT all being seen whilst the undoubted highlight was a pair of GREY WAXBILLS.

Spectacled Weaver

03/01/2013 – In North West Province an interesting record received is of a SPECTACLED WEAVER, seen on Saturday in riverine growth just upstream from Kgomo-Kgomo. This is a species that could be increasing its range westwards as SABAP2 records seem to indicate.

Lesser Masked Weaver

26/11/2009 – In Kwazulu Natal, a pair of LESSER MASKED WEAVERS have been discovered breeding at Mount Edgecombe Estate in Durban and were showing well on Monday. They were apparently only discovered at this site last year for the first time and are evidently an extremely rare bird in the Durban area with not a single record during the first bird atlas project.

Lesser Masked Weaver at Mount Edgecombe
© David Allan
 

Holub’s Golden Weaver

21/12/2009 – a GOLDEN WEAVER reported from the entrance to Pongola Nature Reserve which may well constitute the first record of this species for the reserve.

Eastern Golden Weaver

24/10/2011 – Moving into Mpumalanga, the Komatipoort area is once again delivering good regional records with up to 30 YELLOW WEAVERS now present in the area at a “new” colony.

Yellow Weaver at Komatipoort© Brian Phelps
 

19/07/2010 – in the Tonga region south of Komatipoort, a YELLOW WEAVER was located.

Yellow Weaver near Tonga
© Duncan McKenzie

Southern Masked Weaver

01/03/2012 – of interest, Phinda has recently recorded a new species for the reserve, its 426th, in the form of a SOUTHERN MASKED WEAVER!

Chestnut Weaver

4/02/2019 – Up in the Northern Cape, a report has been received of a male CHESTNUT WEAVER in the Blauputz Valley near Augrabies Falls National Park on Saturday which would seem to be only the 8th known record of this species in South Africa.

17/01/2019 – Up in the Northern Cape, a few slightly delayed records have also come through, most exciting of which was a moulting male CHESTNUT WEAVER seen in the campsite at Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 6 January. Following on from records in 2011 of birds at Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and at Twee Rivieren, also in the KTP, then in 2012 again in the KTP just south of Union’s End, in 2013 at Augrabies Falls National Park and then, most recently, in 2014 at Spitskop Nature Reserve in Upington, this becomes only the 7th ever record of this species for South Africa that I am aware of.

Chestnut Weaver at Nossob
© Lynette Nel

 

24/03/2014 – In the Northern Cape, the male CHESTNUT WEAVER at Spitskop Nature Reserve in Upington was still present in the Southern Masked Weaver colony there until at least Thursday.

Chestnut Weaver at Spitskop Nature Reserve© Gaynor Donovan 

17/03/2014 – Another exciting record was that of a CHESTNUT WEAVER building a nest in a Southern Masked Weaver colony at the base of the ‘kop’ of Spitskop in Spitskop Nature Reserve in Upington. Following on from records in 2011 of birds at Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, then Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and then at Twee Rivieren, also in the KTP, then in 2012 again in the KTP just south of Union’s End and in 2013 at Augrabies Falls National Park, this becomes only the 6th ever record of this species for South Africa.

14/04/2011 – Then into the Northern Cape where, yet again, we have another record of CHESTNUT WEAVER with a single male spotted yesterday at Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It’s hard to believe that we started 2011 off without ever having had this species recorded in South Africa before and we are now only in April and have already had our 3rd record!

Chestnut Weaver at Twee Rivieren© Graeme Ellis 
 

27/01/2011 – Moving into the Northern Cape, the CHESTNUT WEAVER at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is still present.

17/01/2011 – Moving into the Northern Cape, it seems that the main attractions have been the recent influx of CHESTNUT WEAVERS into the province. The bird at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve was still present on the weekend and attracted a small group of local twitchers.

Chestnut Weaver at Tswalu
© Tony Archer 

11/01/2011 – Reported by Madel Whittington via Rihann Geyser:
Chestnut Weaver (Ploceus rubiginosus) seen in Nosob in the Kalahari!!!
This bird in not on the SA List and as such you will not find it on the SABAP2 website.

Village Weaver

12/01/2015 – a male VILLAGE WEAVER has been visiting a garden feeder in Boston in Bellville over the last few days, another odd record, but the possibility of an escapee can’t be totally ruled out although I’m not sure how many people would actually keep this species in captivity.

Village Weaver in Boston© Johan van Wyk

07/10/2010 – Heading across into the North-west Province, there was some surprise on the weekend when a VILLAGE WEAVER was caught and ringed near Brits. Ordinarily, this would not be of any surprise except for that fact that the bird appeared to be of the more northerly race Ploceus cucullatus nigriceps which generally occurs from Kenya south to Zimbabwe with the odd individual crossing the border into South Africa and being reported from places like Pafuri in the northern Kruger National Park. From the literature that I have been able to check so far, this may well represent the most southerly record of this race. If anyone knows of more southerly records than this, I would be very interested to hear about these.

Village Weaver near Brits
© Alan Brooks

Southern Brown-throated Weaver

17/01/2019 – in Mpumalanga, a SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was reported yesterday in Komatipoort in the reeds on the border side of the low level bridge there.

19/02/2018 – earlier today, there was some surprize when a SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was found at Broederstroom in Magoebaskloof, well out of range for this species.

31/01/2017 – SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER – still present this morning at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park. It is apparently nesting just downstream of the causeway on the park end of the causeway – reported by Martie Krog.

6/10/2015 – a pair of SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVERS were also still present at Crocodile Bridge.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge
© Michael Raum

 

12/02/2015 – In Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park this afternoon.

9/02/2015 – Down into Mpumalanga where the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER continued on at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on the weekend.

2/02/2015 – Across into Mpumalanga where the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER still remains at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park as well.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Karin Nelson 

22/01/2015 – In Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on the weekend.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Billy Terre Blanche 

15/01/2015 – in Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park yesterday.

22/12/2014 – a Southern Brown-throated Weaver was seen building a nest near Crocodile Bridge this weekend.

24/11/2014 – the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was also still in the park at Crocodile Bridge today.

17/11/2014 – a SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was, once again, reported from Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on the weekend.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Elaine Fisher

6/03/2014 – In Mpumalanga, the weekend saw confirmation that at least one SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park.

16/12/2013 – on Friday, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was confirmed as still being present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park.

09/12/2013 – In Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still on view yesterday at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park

02/12/2013 – The SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still present at Crocodile Bridge in the park on Saturday

28/11/2013 – a SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger

30/11/2013 – SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER – at least one individual still present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park yesterday – reported by Johan and Annalie Potgieter.

03/01/2013 – a record of interest is of a BROWN-THROATED WEAVER being seen at Crocodile Bridge on Tuesday, where there is a small isolated population of these birds.

06/12/2012 – at Crocodile Bridge, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER was still around this morning just at the bridge over the river as one heads out of the camp.

03/12/2012 – the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER also remained at Crocodile Bridge.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Graham Acheson

18/10/2012 – In Mpumalanga, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVERS were still reported as present at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on Sunday.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Juan Pinto 

11/10/2012 – in the park, the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVERS have been found again at Crocodile Bridge.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Victor Soares

21/11/2011 – the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park was also still on view earlier today.14/11/2011 – Many Mpumalanga listers are making their way to Crocodile Bridge to add the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVERS that are currently nesting there to their provincial lists and the birds continued to show well throughout the weekend.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Robert Wienand 

07/11/2011 – the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER remained on view around Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park on the weekend.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge© Brian Phelps

 

31/10/2011 – Also of interest is that the SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER that was located at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger last year is back. Apparently, it is nesting and the nest is halfway across the bridge on the upstream side about 25m from the bridge. I have been told that if you want to see it and are looking during the heat of the day, you should look below the nest where it sits on one of the reeds in the shade.

13/12/2010 – there was also some excitement on Thursday when what appears to be another new species for the Kruger National Park, SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER, was located at Crocodile Bridge. Further investigation showed that the birds were actually nesting there and, in total, 2 males and a single female were seen in the area.

Southern Brown-throated Weaver at Crocodile Bridge
© Duncan MacKenzie