She is raising money for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme being sponsored to photograph all 40 wader species that occur in the greater Gauteng area.
Sue, seen here sporting a rather fetching Wader Quest T shirt.
Following on from Sue's initial success the other day when she clocked up her first four species, she has been at it again. This time she has photographed ten new species for her challenge over two days at a place called Kgomo Kgomo. This site is a semi rural village about 100km from Pretoria. In seasons of good rainfall (November to March) the Pienaars River which flows past Kgomo Kgomo can create an ephermeral floodplain of some 27 sq.km. A perfect habitat for numerous waders to spend their time, and wader photographers too I suspect.
Numerous African Jacanas were seen on the flooded grasslands and among lillies.
|African Jacana Actophilornis africana|
|Kittlitz's plover Charadrius pecuarius|
|Little Stint Calidris minuta|
|Black-winged Pratincoles Glareola nordmanni|
|Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia|
|Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos|
|Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris|
|Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola|
|Greater Painted-Snipe Rostratula benghalensis|
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus|
Money pledged so far: 70 Rand per species = 980ZAR
(In addition two donors have pledged another 500ZAR each if she finds a wader lifer for them and similarly another has pledged a further 200ZAR! Fingers crossed! Keep your eyes peeled Sue.)