Lee Burman went atlassing along the Swartriver Road this morning and reports that it is well worth a visit at the moment. Water levels have receded somewhat and the low-level bridge is open but the real attraction is the flooded fields at the old iron bridge. She spotted all three species of Teal amongst the other waterbirds, with Hottentot Teal being a first record for the pentad. There were three swimming close to the road just this side of the bridge. She also saw Black-winged Stilt and her first Greenshank for the season (also a first one for that pentad). Lee says she hadn’t intended atlassing as it was already 11.00 when she started, but the birding was so good that she put in her 2 hours and ended with quite a respectable list! Well done Lee.
For those who don’t have Hottentot Teal on their Western Cape or Overberg list, a drive along the Swartriver Road should be most rewarding.