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Great Knots found on the Mozambique Coast

While leading a birding trip to Southern Mozambique, Maans Booysen located and photographed no less than 3 Great Knots (Calidris tenuirostris) at the Barra Peninsula, near Inhambane, Southern Mozambique. There is one previous record of Great Knot for the Barra Peninsula by Faansie Peacock in December 2004, but given these birds propensity to return to the same area, it is conceivable that one might be the same bird that Faansie recorded in 2004.

The birds Maans photographed were seen on 20 September, near White Sands on the northern corner of the "Barra Peninsula".

Contrary to Western South Africa, where Red Knot is very common, they are are scarce to say the least on the Mozambique Coast, so all "Knot-like" birds should be checked to see if they are Great Knot. Given the vast amount of estuarine habitat on the Mozambique coast, the possibility exists that there are more than just a handful of these birds present each summer.

Great Knot breeds in the subarctic highlands of north-easter Siberia and winters in South-east Asia and Australia. Vagrants are recorded from Europe, the Middle East and Morocco, while a single bird was recorded at the Seeberg Hide, West Coast National Park for four summers from 2000 until 2004.(The only record for South Africa)

The Barra Peninsula, particularly the mudflats and mangrove swamps just below the north-eastern corner of the Peninsula are one of Southern Africa's great wader hotspots, with regular summer records of numbers of Crab Plover.



Last Updated ( Monday, 10 January 2011 12:44 )  


Text and photographs by Johann Grobbelaar 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding April 2003 Vol.8, No.2)

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