Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin


This giga tick provided quite an amount of head scratching when first observed at the Zeekoeivlei picnic area on the eastern banks of Zeekoeivlei in Cape Town,  on the way to the Strandfontein sewage works (a good birding area in its own right).

It was the first sighting in Southern Africa, migrating normally as far south as Kenya.  Vagrants have occasionally been located in Malawi. It was thus not recorded in any RSA reference book.  It should have been in the Mediterranean by now but was probably here as a result of “reverse migration”  (as noted by Trevor Hardaker)