MISSION 19 of 2012
Name of Mission: Bird Atlassing for SABAP2
Date of Mission: 26th August 2012
Aircraft used: Foxbat A22
Pilot: Brett Hill
Beneficiary: SA Bird Atlas Project 2
Intro for the Annual Report:
This mission was requested by Mike Bartlett of the SA Bird Atlassing Project 2. Mike planned to accompany Bateleurs pilot Brett Hill on his flight to Maputo, Mozambique, to acquire aerial photographs for a different Bateleurs mission, being the third mission for the Tracks of Giants project. We will fly to Maputo and then fly to Inhaca and Mozambique Islands, the latter being uninhabited. There I will atlas for SABAP2 as this is scantily atlassed territory. While on the ground in Mozambique, I will conduct official pentad surveys for SABAP2.
The bird atlassing flights took place from 26th to XXX August 2012, in a Foxbat A22.
The objective of the flight:
To conduct official pentad surveys for SABAP2 in and around Maputo, and on Inhaca and Portuguese islands.
The report presented below was prepared by Mike Bartlett.
“My atlassing went well and the objectives were accomplished, except that I was unable to atlas Portuguese Island. Strong winds and a huge dust cloud obscured the island from view and we decided it would be foolhardy to attempt that part of the mission.
Bird atlassing was conducted during the flight which included large raptors and vultures, mainly in or near the game reserves in northern KZN. Waterfowl, pelicans and flamingos were noted over Lake St Lucia, Lake Sibaya and the Kosi lakes system while in RSA, and over the Maputo river floodplain and Maputo Elephant Reserve while in Mozambique. None of this was submitted as a full protocol report as one has to spend two hours in a pentad to meet the protocol criteria. Subsequently these were reported as ad hoc observations. On arrival my atlassing was land-based and I was thus able to submit a full protocol report to SABAP2.”