Birding in the West Coast National Park

The Hermanus Bird Club outing to the WCNP was attended by 32 members.  We stayed in the Duinepos camp where the cottages are simple but well equipped and where everything worked!  Over a period of three days the group managed to record around 130 species.

For me, the main objective was to try to increase my 2013, first half, Berg to Breede river challenge list and I was thrilled to be able to add another 26 species, bringing my year total to 228.  This included seeing a Red-Backed Shrike way outside its normal area, as well as recording my first ever African Rail, which was spotted at the Abrahamskraal Hide, when Renee and I visited early one morning.

The Seeberg Hide also came up trumps with some good sightings of waders and we were able to record a number of Karoo species in the area around Veldrif and Hopefield.

We spent Wednesday night at Hebron, a delightful guest house at the top of Peiekenierskloof Pass near Citrusdal.  Steve, our host, cooked up a wonderful dinner and we would recommend this stop-over to anybody wanting to enjoy real hospitality.  Our return on Thursday took us through the Robertson Valley, where we again managed to record more birds for the challenge.