About Taemane

Hermie Swart informed BirdLife South Africa about the location of a nest site on his farm not far from Warden in the Free State. It was a typical nest, and located on the top of a small tree and very well hidden (see photo to the below).


The tracking device was sponsored by De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited. They gave he bird the name Taemane which means "diamond" in Setswana and SeSotho.

Tracking Device

The tracking device was attached to Taemane in February 2013. The tracking device is smaller than the one previously used for Spyker, weighing only 38 grams. The photo below show the tracking device being fitted to Taemane.

Taemane Tree   Web2 Taemane

Map of Taemane's Movements

Below is a map showing the location and movement of Taemane.

Taemane left the natal area for the first time on 30 July 2013. This was about 3 months and 3 weeks after Taemane first left the nest. As shown on the map Taemane first moved to the neighbouring farm, then to a location east of Warden, then east of Bethlehem. On 3 August 2013 Taemane was in an area between Bethlehem and Kestell.

Web Taemane

Taemane left Bethlehem and moved back north to Warden before moving south all the way to the KwaZulu-Natal coast. After a few days it moved north again and settled in and area to the east of Ixopo. Within this area it forages in the relatively small grassland patches between plantations.

Taemane 31 August 2013