When the group of 20 Club members arrived at the West Coast National Park, the pair of South African Shelducks at a water hole still had at least seven chicks. Two days later all but three had been carried off by Kelp Gulls, probably to feed their own offspring.
Witnessing this rather sad fate of the ducklings was one of the memorable experiences on the bird-watching trip from 12 to 15 October, during which 139 species were listed.
Read all about that and much more in the last Oystercatcher of 2014, by clicking on the link above.
A beautiful display of low-flying and tip-toed landing on the water surface by Greater Flamingos (Grootflaminke) greeted a rather compact but spirited group of Club birders at Strandfontein on Thursday 2 October.
Two more displays awaited the group at the nearby Rondevlei Nature Reserve – first a fly-past by at least 30 Glossy Ibises (Glansibisse), and then some playful courting by a pair of Lesser Swamp Warblers (Kaapse Rietsangers).
The group, led by Margie Ogston and Lee Burman on the monthly morning outing, identified a total of 71 species at the two venues.