Yesterday we joined forces with the Palmers for a day of birding. It was the Mini-Big-Birding-Day, or MBBD, of the Hermanus Bird Club and we were required to identify as many birds as possible within a 12 hour period and within a fixed distance (40km) from Hermanus.
We set off at 5:45 am and started our day in the Elgin Valley, where our first bird was a Spotted Eagle Owl, which appeared out of the mist and dawn light as the event started at 6:30 am. It was a long day and we finished up in at Fernkloof for a party with our fellow competitors at 6:30 pm having got our 117th bird – a Red Winged Starling, just minutes before! It was enough to put us in second place – four birds behind the winners, but that did not matter – what was important was that we had a great day and saw some wonderful birds, whilst covering around 200 kilometres.