We first discovered this beautiful bird – the Double Banded Courser (Rhinoptilus Africanus) – on a recent trip to Roberston (Vrolikheid Nature Reserve).
This bird was on our priority list to find, but unfortunately, we did not get to find any, so when the report came out on our local Cape Rare Bird Alert Group – managed by Trevor Hardaker, we quickly made plans to obtain all the relevant information to find them and prepared for an early morning start to find them. (The statement Rare refers to it being rare to this area – as per the location in the map below)
Early on Sunday the 1st of March 2020, having reviewed the weather for the day – which was perfect – we decided to twitch for this special bird.
When we arrived we scanned the location where the bird was last spotted, but we could not find them on their regular spot, on the left-hand side, facing the farm gate. However, we were lucky when we located a single bird foraging in the wheat field to the right of the gate.
We were very excited to witness this breeding pair of Double Banded Coursers with a juvenile.
Facing the gate, this breeding pair can be located to the left or right-hand side, depending on the day. On this Sunday morning, the right-hand side field, looking over the gate, is where we located our target bird.
The plumage of this bird is so incredibly beautiful and they blend in so perfectly with the environment. It was a pleasure to witness nature once again at its best.
The Google Map location for the Double Banded Coursers as per 1 March 2020 on the Lukasfontein Farm just to the north outside Malmesbury.