Birding at Bontebok Park

Renee and I spent two nights at the Bontebok National Park outside Swellendam.  We travelled via De Mond in order to chase an American Golden Plover.  It was there and gave me a much sought after lifer!  We then carried on to the park with the temperature at 37°C and wondered if we would see anything.  Fortunately, the weather changed and we awoke on Thursday to light rain, which soon cleared and we had an overcast day at 17°C, which was ideal for birding.

The trails along the river provide for perfect bird watching and, whilst we did not get many of the usual suspects, we were rewarded with some very good rare species and managed to add a few ticks to my HBC Challenge list.  These included a Brown-Backed Honeybird, a Willow Warbler and a Namaqualand Warbler.  We also had good sightings of a pair of Black Harriers, so were well pleased with the day.  Our total bird count for the Park was 76 species.

On Friday we returned home via Potberg and once again had good views of the Cape Vultures standing in fields adjacent to the road.  At Potberg we saw a pair of European Honey Buzzards, but little else.  The road back via Bredasdorp did not live up to its previous promise and we failed to record a single lark, which was surprising, but the whole outing was, nevertheless, very successful.

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