Niall Perrins achieves 800 in 2011
Niall Perrins saw 826 species in Southern Africa in 2011 and raised more than R130000 for White-bellied Korhaan research. Here is a quote from a recent post of Niall’s:
‘As most of you will know, I set out on 1/1/2011 to see 800 birds in Southern Africa in the calendar year. This attempt kicked off with African Wood Owl near Gorongosa at around 3 AM on the 1st January. I travelled most of the region and got to 800 on the 15th October in the panhandle of the Okavango Swamps, aptly with an Owl, being Pel’s Fishing-Owl. I wasn’t finished birding for the year, so decided to see what I could add. At 18h26 on 31/12/2011, I finally added a Red-necked Falcon in Kgalagadi, a bird that eluded me in Caprivi, Namibia and Mozambique.’ The Red-necked Falcon was Niall’s last new bird for 2011, bringing his final tally up to 826.
Cape Town Pelagics helped Niall along the way. Below are some photos from our trip on 29 October 2011 during which Niall added Sabine’s Gull, Great Shearwater and Spectacled Petrel to his year list.
Congratulations Niall on a fantastic achievement!
Niall’s website can be viewed here.
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