Compiled by André Marx
Very good rainfall in December and again in March this past summer resulted in several wetlands and water bodies in the region being inundated to the point of being flooded and this ensured a steady stream of records associated with ‘rain migrants’ and other species taking advantage of the bounty. Foremost amongst the localities producing superb rarities was the Kgomo-Kgomo floodplain which produced a few firsts for the region, notably Saddle-billed Stork, Woolly-necked Stork and a Gull-billed Tern which visited for one day. The influx of birds was followed by hordes of eager birders and it was this heightened interest that led to many great rarity records! Atlasing and participation in the Greater Gauteng 100km Challenge also produced several good sightings.