Dec 052014
 

  • 100,000 record milestone! 1,201 records received bringing the total to 101,938!
  • 724 records received via Android app
  • 3,325 kilometres travelled over 124 hours in Android app’s survey mode
  • Rare find in Botswana!

More data in via African Raptor Observations and a rare find in Botswana.

New data has been received by spread sheet (see the table below) from Andre Botha (309, South Africa) and the West Africa Bird Database (WABDAB) (168). This is our first data from the WABDAB project which is run by Joost Brouwer, Ulf Liedén and colleagues – thanks very much for these data!

  • Andre Botha – 309
  • West Africa Bird Database – 168

We’ve received 724 records via the app (contributors are in the table to the left) and users in survey mode have clocked up 3,325 km over 124 hours!

  • Steven Evans – 134
  • Loutjie Steenberg – 111
  • Joseph Heymans – 78
  • Mark Dixon – 69
  • Andy Branfield – 60
  • Aneldi Steenberg – 56
  • Mark Brown – 49
  • Walter Jubber – 49
  • Pierre duToit – 27
  • bruce wardsmith – 26
  • Rob Thomson – 20
  • Brian Waswala – 15
  • Thomas Reed – 12
  • Washington Wachira – 6
  • Troye Weston – 4
  • Andre van Sittert – 3
  • Stefan van Stuyvenberg – 3
  • Ig Viljoen – 1
  • Rob Simmons – 1

Tom Reed has submitted a record of an Egyptian Vulture via the app…. In Botswana! It was identified by Stratton Hatfield. This is a great spot Tom and Stratton – thanks for sending it into us! The Egyptian Vulture is very rare in Botswana with the last known breeding attempt being in 1923. There have been very few sightings in recent times causing BirdLife Botswana to place it on their Category A Rarity list (less than 10 accepted records).

Remember, the app can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/ne7NKC and the majority of our monthly updates released to-date can be found at http://www.habitatinfo.com/tag/ardb-update/.

This is the final update you’ll receive from the ARDB this year (December’s update will be sent out in January) so that leaves us to wish you all happy holidays – hopefully you’ll all get out and about on your time off with the app recording raptors!

Best wishes,

Tim, Rob & the ARDB team

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