Rare fynbos bird sighting on eve of Fernkloof Flower Festival

A rare sighting of a pair of fynbos birds – Sentinel Rock Thrushes (Langtoon-kliplysters) – was recorded by Ronnie  Hazell in Fernkloof on the eve of the annual Flower Show in the reserve.


The male of a pair of Sentinel Rock Thrushes (Langtoon-kliplysters) photographed in Fernkloof last week by Ronnie Hazell.

The Hermanus Bird Club is taking part in the festival, organized by the Hermanus Botanical Society. The theme of this year’s festival is Fynbos and Fire, chosen after a fire had burnt a large area of the Reserve in late December 2015.

The floral regrowth in the Reserve promises to be spectacular, and plants flowering after the fire will be a prominent feature of the festival. The fire also affected birds, mammals, reptiles and insects in the fynbos area.

Bird Club member Ronnie reported seeing the pair of Sentinel Rock Thrushes high up in Fernkloof last week.

“According to Lee Burman (member of both the Bird Club and the Botanical Society) they have never before been recorded in Fernkloof, though I did see a couple at Mosselnook Hut in Vogelgat a few years ago,” Ronnie said.

“On the same outing I saw a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles and an African Fish-Eagle.”

The festival is open from 09:00 to 17:00 from today (22 September) to Sunday (25 September). Entry is R20:00. Pensioners get a discount today.

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