Blink And You’ve Missed It - The Sokoke Pipit!

25 October 2010 | News story

A great way to get people interested in conservation is by showing them photos of wildlife. This is particularly useful if the target species is very rare or difficult to see, such as the Sokoke pipit. On 25 October 2010, whilst checking the mist-net which they had set at dawn, a young team of conservationists in Tanzania found a Sokoke pipit!  

 

A great way to get people interested in conservation is by showing them photos of wildlife. This is particularly useful if the target species is very rare or difficult to see, such as the Sokoke pipit. Yet, only a handful of photos exist of this shy and elusive bird and a young team of conservationists in Tanzania had tried to secure permission to use them for their awareness-raising and education campaign.

Permission has yet to be granted, so the team took matters into their own hand and, through enthusiasm and perseverance, the joyful moment for the team finally arrived… On 25th October, whilst checking the mist-net which they had set at dawn, they found a Sokoke pipit and the team finally got the photo they deserved!

The sight of the Sokoke pipit stunned the team! It was entangled about 20 cm from the ground in a 5 shelves-10 m-19 mm mist net.

This is probably the first time the bird has been captured in Zaraninge forest and is apparently the first in Tanzania too. To read more about this SOS-funded Future Conservationist project click here.