A Good Day’s Birding

We visited four localities today, starting at Stony Point, where we saw African Penguins and the principal cormorants of the region.  From there we went to Rooi Els, for Cape Rock Jumpers.  We saw one, as well as a good selection of fynbos birds, despite a stiff breeze.

Next stop was Strandfontein, which proved very good with an excellent array of water birds.  We had hoped to see Teminck’s Stint and Red Necked Phalarope, but did not manage these two.  We did, however, see Intermediate Egret, Booted Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, as well as many waders and ducks.

At Rondevlei we hoped to find Baillon’s Crake, but saw no sign of this rare bird.  The area is very dry with bird hides stranded on dry ground.

The whole trip yielded no less than 106 species and, as we are all participants in the local bird club challenge, we were able to add many new names to our lists.  It was an excellent day out, improved with a Black Harrier on the way home!


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