Birding at McGregor

We spent two nights in a delightfully restored cottage in the hamlet of McGregor this week.  The reason for our visit was that I wanted to see some of the Karoo birds that occur in the area, so as to be able to augment my list for the Hermanus Bird Club Challenge – a sort of competition in which participants are required to see as many bird species as possible in a fixed time and area.  We were not disappointed, achieving a trip count of 83 species, of which 12 were new to my challenge list.  These included such Karoo specials as the beautiful Fairy Flycatcher, Karoo Chat, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Rufous-Eared Warbler and Grey Tit.

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