No less than thirty keen birders braved the strong wind this morning to go birding at Rooisand Reserve. As expected the water levels were very low and, with the windy conditions, birds were few and far between, however, we managed to see 47 species, so it wasn’t too bad after all. There was no sign of the White Wagtail, which created such stir a few weeks ago, nor did we see the much anticipated Osprey or Fish Eagle, but there were a couple of Cape Longclaws, and four Great Crested Grebes were spotted on the water.
The list included Bar-throated Apalis, Bokmakerie, Cape Bulbul, Common Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Canary, Cape Cormorant, White-breasted Cormorant, Namaqua Dove, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Common Fiscal, Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Common Greenshank, Hartlaub’s Gull, Kelp Gull, Black-headed Heron, Grey Heron, Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, Pied Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kite, Cape Longclaw, Brown-throated Martin, Common Ringed Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Three-banded Plover, White-fronted Plover, Karoo Prinia, Cape Robin-Chat, African Spoonbill, Cape Spurfowl, Common Starling, Red-winged Starling, Black-winged Stilt, Little Stint, Barn Swallow, Alpine Swift, White-rumped Swift, Cape Teal, Caspian Tern, Cape Turtle-Dove, Cape Wagtail and Common Whimbrel.
A few of the participants then stopped at the Hawston sewage ponds on the way home and added Marsh Harrier, Spotted Thick-Knee, Yellow-billed Duck, Intermediate Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Purple Heron, Little Grebe, Common Moorhen, Levaillant’s Cisticola and Lesser Swamp Warbler. A great effort, bringing the total to 57 species!
On the boardwalk
Cape Canary (M)
Cape Canary (F)
Some in the hide and some out of it
Black-headed Heron just after it swallowed a frog