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back in Cape Town – some birds @ Intaka Island

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding by adamwelz on July 24, 2008

Hi All

I’ve been back in Cape Town for a few days – just long enough to realise how exhausted I am!

I’ll be carrying on with this blog, with more pics and observations from my mega-trip to the USA and, of course, the same from South Africa and everywhere else.

Don’t have time to write much now but you can have a quick squizz at this picture I took a few hours ago at an artificial wetland called Intaka Island, here in Cape Town. This bird is called a Sacred Ibis because, yes, the Egyptians used to worship them. They’re rather common around Cape Town, but were unknown in these parts until a few decades ago. Humans changed the habitat to suit them by making farms and fields in the landscape, and they colonised the area by themselves by moving down from the north. They like feeding in soggy lawn areas and mucky barnyards.

Hope you’re all well!


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  1. emily p. said, on July 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Hey Adam! Glad to hear you’re back in your ‘hood in Cape Town–what a whirlwind tour of the States. Now that you’ve seen every corner, would you say the South rises to the top? Take care & good luck w/ your story.

  2. Huck Hutchens said, on August 21, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Howdy Adam, Just got done reading your blogs and you have been busy. Sad about the Red-tails. I was not aware of pigeons having this and causing so much problems for predators. Anyway, just wanted to say,”so you have a coot with two knobs and he is supposed to be superior to ours, but our one big knob is bigger than both of yours. Just kidding. Our coot here IS taken for granted, often referred to as Mud Hens. Take care buddy, and thanks again for the Bird Book.


  3. Huck Hutchens said, on August 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Adam, my brain must have been in reverse the other day. I was saying coot, thinking coot, put picturing common moorhen. Your double-nobbed coot IS superior to the Mericans. I was on a bird walk this morning and got to thinking about the post that I put on your blog and thought I would set the record straight. I REALLY DO know the difference between coot and moorhen, but sometimes, do not know when I have brain freeze until it thaws out. Take care,

  4. pX said, on September 12, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Never saw an Ibis before, I’m.. Moved. You blog rules !

    Kudos from Morroco

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