Monthly Archives: November 2013

Southern Brown Egg-eater

Visitors to the museum recently brought in a Southern Brown Egg-eater which was found in the Chintsa area close to East London. The scientific name for the species is Dasypeltis inornata. These snakes are mostly active at night and one of … Continue reading

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Rare leucistic African Black Oystercatcher

Dean Knox of East London sent through photos of a pale-grey (leucistic) African Black Oystercatcher. This rare record was captured at Rainbow Valley, east of East London. It was photographed on the 9th April 2013. There have been no other reported … Continue reading

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Whitefronted Bee-eater update ….

Dr Phil Whittington, East London Museum ornithologist, adds the following comments to the bee-eater sighting in the Western Cape: ‘This is well outside of the bird’s published range. This species is showing some signs of a range expansion. Birds were reported in … Continue reading

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Whitefronted Bee-eaters spotted in the Western Cape

A recent field trip to the Calitzdorp area area revealed an avian surprise – Whitefronted Bee-eaters Merops bullockoides were noted along the Gamka River. This is way out of their recorded distribution range …. Museum ornithologist Dr Phil Whittington will … Continue reading

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King Pandion of Athens ….

The museum has prepared the skeletal structure of an Osprey kindly donated by George Kockott of Rainbow Valley. The scientific name of this bird is Pandion haliaetus. Pandion was a legendary king of Athens. A number of his relatives were … Continue reading

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