The Hadeda Hotline
News and updates from the Hadeda Ringing Project
10 October 2008
Dear hadeda enthusiasts
Jessie Blackshaw has seen more ringed hadedas than anyone else. She has reported more than 50 resightings so far, of at least 12 different individuals. Thanks a lot, Jessie. We know how much work it is to get close enough to read these rings. Hopefully others will rise to the challenge...
Doug and I reported on the hadeda project at an international scientific meeting recently: we gave a talk at the Pan-African Ornithological Congress in early September. At that meeting, we also met with Professor Colleen Downs from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Dr Craig Symes from the University of Witwatersrand, who will start ringing hadedas in Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg respectively.
It will be very exciting for us to compare survival and reproduction in our relatively recently established hadeda population to areas where hadedas have been traditionally well established. We are very delighted about this new collaboration and broadened aspect of our study.
We are also planning a third hadeda census for the Cape Town metropole from 12-19 November. For those who recall we carried out our second count in April this year. The third census should help us get better estimates of the number of hadedas within greater Cape Town. Although we do have a group of regular counters, if you would like to get involved please contact Res or Doug and we will see where we can fit you in.
Finally, for those of you who know about hadeda nests, please make a special effort to check whether it is active at the moment. We would like to ring as many nestlings as possible before things quieten down as we head into the middle of summer.
Thank you all for your help and interest so far. Please keep reporting active hadeda nests, resightings of ringed individuals, or if you make any other interesting observations on hadedas.
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