Evening Cruise on the Lady Stanford


Upon checking the forecast I was worried that last evening’s cruise on the Lady Stanford was going to be a wind blown disaster. The members on the trip all arrived early and boarding was done very efficiently.  We had people requiring assistance and Peter Hochfelden – the Captain and ex Chair of the Stanford Bird Club – moved the boat to allow easy access. His helper, a very strong young man, physically carried one of our members on to the boat- he was amazing. Peter is an excellent birder and was very keen to spot and identify.

We set off on our cruise in the most ideal conditions – no wind – just utterly beautiful!

Everyone had a cruise on the river to be remembered. The Lady goes much further down the river than we have gone before and birding was brilliant. When we turned around we were close to a flock of hundreds of Flamingos.

We managed 50 species and the list below was compiled by John and Shelagh and the  pictures are courtesy of John Bowman.

This was a memorable and lovely trip for all or us from brilliant to social birders on a very fine vessel.

Craig Holmes

Roberts English Name
824 Red Bishop
149 Steppe Buzzard
228 Red-knobbed Coot
58   Reed Cormorant
55   White-breasted Cormorant
208 Blue Crane
60   African Darter
354 Cape Turtle Dove
541 Fork-tailed Drongo
104 Yellow-billed Duck
71  Cattle Egret
67  Little Egret
68  Yellow-billed Egret
96   Greater Flamingo
102 Egyptian Goose
116 Spur-Winged Goose
6    Great Crested Grebe
8    Little Grebe
270 Greenshank
203 Helmeted Guineafowl
316 Hartlaub’s Gull
312 Kelp Gull
165 African Marsh Harrier
63  Black-headed Heron
65  Purple Heron
91  Sacred Ibis
94  Hadeda  Ibis
429 Giant Kingfisher
431 Malachite Kingfisher
428 Pied Kingfisher
258 Blacksmith Plover
226 Common Moorhen
349 Rock Pigeon
112 Cape Shoveller
158 Black Sparrowhawk
95   African Spoonbill
757 Eurasian Starling
295 Blackwinged Stilt
518 Eurasian Swallow
520 White-throated Swallow
223 Purple Swamp Hen
106 Cape Teal
108 Red-billed Teal
322 Caspian Tern
327 Common Tern
326 Sandwich Tern
713 Cape Wagtail
635 Cape Reed Warbler
813 Cape Weaver
814 Masked Waver

One comment on “Evening Cruise on the Lady Stanford

  1. While waiting for the Lady to pick us up Jill and I spotted a pintail Whydah and a Cape Batis. These were at the mooring for the River Rat. Many thanks Craig for such a super trip. Going the extra kilometers made such a difference too. Peter was kind to help with boarding too. Of course we all know you can’t control the weather but what a bonus having very light breezes. Cheers Anne

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