It’s time to search for those rock birds


The target birds for the Club monthly walk in March will be that trio of elusive rock birds – the Cape Rockjumper (Kaapse Berglyster),  Sentinel Rock-Thrush (Langtoon-kliplyster), and the Ground Woodpecker (Grondspeg), which is also more often seen on a rock than on the ground.


Sentinel Rock-thrush. Image taken at Rooi Els, published on the website Per’s Birding Pages

The walk, at Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Garden in nearby Betty’s Bay on Thursday 2 March, will be led by the elusive Mike Ford, who happens to be back in Hermanus from his frequent international bird-ringing travels.

Those three rock birds have been spotted in Rooi Els, together with less elusive birds like the Cape Rock-Thrush (Kaapse Kliplyster), Orange-breasted Sunbird (Oranjebors-suikerbekkie), and Cape Grassbird (Grasvoël).

On the way back, the group of birders will stop at Harold Porter, with it’s beautiful garden, and a walkway and access to the waterfall, restored after the destructive flooding two years ago. Two special birds to be seen there, are the Blue-mantled Crested-flycatcher (Bloukuif-vlieëvanger) and African Paradise-flycatcher (Paradys-vlieëvanger).

The group will depart from the parking area of the Onrus Trading Post at the turn-off to Vermont at 07:00. Bring your own refreshments for a picnic at Harold Porter, where the entrance fee is R22 for adults under 60 and R12 for adults over 60.

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