Social & Community News
31 July 2020

Rustenburg – BirdLife Rustenburg has continued with their monthly meetings throughout this time of restriction via ZOOM. This month was no exception and the meeting took place on Monday 27 July.

Lukas Niemand gave an interesting presentation on birds of Sudan-Guinea Savannah Biome. The Secretarybird is the national bird of Sudan and appears on their coat of arms. It is instantly recognisable as a very large terrestrial bird and is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.

Lukas is an extremely dedicated, talented and excellent birder with a Southern African Life List of more than 880 birds. Lukas travels through Africa extensively as an ecologist and therefore also has a very impressive African Birding Life List. He is a very good friend and mentor of BirdLife Rustenburg and has also been the main participant in one of BirdLife Rustenburg’s Birding Big Day teams for the last five years.

Lukas currently resides in Pretoria and is the owner of Pachnoda Consulting, a small enterprise

providing consulting services and products on the terrestrial ecological milieu for mining companies, environmental consultants, developers and other industry-related institutions throughout Africa and abroad.

This month also usually sees the winter census (Coordinated Waterbird Annual Count or CWAC) of all water birds at Rockwall, Olifantsnek and Kroondal Dams but due to the current state of disaster, it is postponed until further notice.

Feel free to contact BirdLife Rustenburg’s chairperson Shaun McGillewie on 083 702 1462. Also, if you need help with identification of a bird – a picture will help – please send it along!

Secretarybird. Photo credit: Wynand Sauerman.


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