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I.  Potchefstroom

 

Many shorebirds, waders, and waterfowl make their homes in this vast area of grassland thorn and sandveldt, dotted liberally with wetland areas known as “vleis” or “dams”, outside Johannesburg. Hammerkops, bustards, and Secretary Birds inhabit the grasslands, while more challenging “little brown jobs,” such as Titbabblers, cisticolas, and Clapper Larks skulk in the bushes or on the ground.  This long first movement provides a plethora of avian representatives of the area.  The chattering of the Palm Swift begins the movement, lyrical Capped Wheatears contribute their triplet-like song, and Quail Finches provide a staccato rhythm.  The movement ends with the plaintive chords of the Dabchick.

 

To hear a sample of this movement arranged for piano, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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