De Mond with the Walker Bay Bird Fair

Around 25 birders from the Western Cape gathered at Stanford this morning to meet Chris Cheetham, who led us on an outing to De Mond.  This was one of the items arranged by the Walker Bay Bird Fair, a festival that promises to grow into one of the premier birding gatherings in the region.

Our first stop was at the settling ponds at Napier, where we saw a good variety of water birds, including a short sighting of a Greater Painted Snipe, which caused much excitement.  From there we slowly made our way to De Mond.  Luckily the wind was not yet up so we could spend a good time on the sand flats where many waders were in evidence.  Lunch under the milkwoods followed, before we headed back via Voelvlei, near to Elim.  This was a first for most of the group and we were pleased to see a number of new birds, including three African Marsh Harriers and a couple of juvenile African Fish Eagles.

We saw around 90 species in all, so were well satisfied with the day.  Tomorrow we go to Rooi Els and Harold Porter, and will no doubt add many more species to the list.

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