Do you remember this one? I was sitting in my office when I got a phone call to say a Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus (previously Larus) pipixcan had just been located – a potential lifer, only about 10 km from my house. I think I broke the land-speed record on my down the N1 to get to Centurion Lake. For those of you who don’t know the site, it is not as idyllic as it sounds: a rather smelly and polluted concrete-bound reservoir overlooked by a busy shopping centre, where local birder Michal Groenewald happened to connect with this popular vagrant. One I got there and located the bird I scribbled some furious notes – these are the results. Although there are a fair number of records of this presumably trans-Atlantic Nearctic vagrant along South Africa’ coastline, they are very rare inland, and us “Vaalies” seldom get the opportunity to enjoy this species in our own backyard.
Franklin’s Gull at Centurion LakeFaansie Peacock2015-05-08T12:10:37+02:00