Posts Tagged ‘Spur-winged Lapwing’

It happens. Rare birds turn up unexpectedly and some folk want to see them.

That is what I do. Help them. It’s a lousy job but somebody has to do it !!

Some time back a rare Lapwing turned up at one of the Harare water reservoirs and my client, and long term friend, PR (he has featured in many earlier blogs), called to say he wanted to see it. In those heady days it was easy – you booked a ticket and flew. Then you drive a bit and ….. BOOM !

Spur-winged Lapwing. Vanellus spinosus

It was a quick and painless exercise and PR was soon back in Cape Town. This Lapwing is a rare vagrant but records suggest that there is a slow range expansion happening southwards from its normal African range further north. Probably overlooked too for its very superficial similarity to the Blacksmith Lapwing.

Until you see them together ……

Blacksmith Lapwing on the right, Spur-winged left.

With that done and dusted the next ‘event’ happened when Gary Douglas (of Douglas and Francis Safaris – Google them) found another mega rarity, in our Eastern Highlands, in January of 2020. My first client, RC, took this ……..

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica

This rare vagrant is of south European, south Asian and central African origins and is not normally found further south than Malawi, where it is known to have bred.

PR heard about this wonderful find and, yes, he flew, then we drove, and …….. another……… BOOM !

PR’s Red-rumped Swallow

Then came Covid – 19 !!! And that was the end of that !!

But watch this space ……………………………….. there may be a little surprise around the corner !

Cheers

Tony