Die Dam to Quoin Point

Die Dam is a small resort some 36 kilometres east of Gansbaai.  This morning we walked from there to Quoin Point and back, a distance of 13 kilometres.  The weather was beautiful and, although the walking was tough at times with soft sand and rocky terrain, it was an enjoyable outing, marred only by the endless litter left by previous visitors and the debris thrown up by the sea.

Normally we see many flowers where we walk, but today there were hardly any, so we made do with birds and managed to compile a reasonable list.  On the walk we saw Cape Wagtail, Cape Cormorant, White-breasted Cormorant, Cape Bulbul, Bokmakerie, Cape Weaver, Speckled Mousebird, Pied Starling, Karoo Prinia, Barn Swallow, Common Tern, Swift Tern, Kelp Gull, Hartlaub’s Gull, Water Thick-knee, Grey Plover, Three-banded Plover, Ringed Plover, White-fronted Plover, Common Whimbrel, African Black Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Egret, and probably a few more that I have forgotten.  John was alert enough to even see a rare Parasitic Jaeger!  It was an enjoyable experience which left us quite exhausted.

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