Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wattled Crane in Kolwezi

19/09/09: Three Wattled Cranes heard and seen flying over Kolwezi around mid day. The birds were moving in a southerly direction

23/09/09: Ten Wattled Cranes were observed feeding in the Musonoi River in Kolwezi. The Musonoi River, which was dammed many years ago, has filled with tailings material deposited from upstream mining operations. Birds were feeding in a moist grassy area which covers a few hectares.

25 and 26/09/09: Unfortunately no birds could be located.

It is speculated that these birds were moving southwards towards Zambia from the large swamps to the north.