October - December 2008

A massive flamingo breeding event is again underway at Kamfers Dam, this time six weeks earlier than last year. The first egg hatched on 12 November and there are currently 100s of chicks on the island, with the eventual total expected to exceed last seasonís 9000 chicks. The significance of this breeding event is that the flamingos have now bred during two consecutive years. Breeding is not frequent at other localities and, for example, Lesser Flamingos only breed successfully every 12 years at Etosha Pan in Namibia. Updates on Kamfers Dam, the threats to this wetland, and the breeding event are available on www.savetheflamingo.co.za. Live streaming and refresh images of the birds on the island can be viewed at www.africam.com.