Annual waterbird census in Hwange

Apr 2, 2014 Conservation
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A waterbird census was run from 14-19 February. In total 14 water bodies were covered, three of these being natural water bodies.  The census is part of the annual Birdlife Zimbabwe waterfowl census.

Grey crowned cranes in Hwange NP

37 species of birds were seen with three special sightings, viz. Dwarf bitten, a grey crowned crane nest and a blacksmith lapwing nest. Most of the sightings were in the Ngamo area, with a total of 28 different species counted  and the maximum number of any one species being Egyptian geese, with 219 individuals counted.

Blacksmith lapwing and grey-crowned crane nests

From the data there were more species sightings in the Linkwasha concession pan than in the Makalolo concession pan while Scott’s to Back Pan had a good number of sightings too. Egyptian geese and blacksmith lapwing were the most common species, being seen in most of the pans (11 and 12 pans).  There was no weather interference during the counts and the pans were full of water with Ngamo overflowing.

Species list

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