Twenty two keen birders met at Fernkloof at 07.00 this morning the 7th January and were treated an absolutely beautiful walk led by Lester van Groeningen.
The bird numbers weren’t high but several walkers expressed their opinion by saying that they would love to return to Platbos again just to walk and enjoy the forest.
Platbos is unusual gem of an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a “unique South African forest jewel”, this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit.
Birds seen at or near Platbos Jackal Buzzard Olive pigeon Cape Turtle Dove Common (Steppe) Buzzard Barn Swallow Cape Weaver Southern (Common) Fiscal Karoo Prinia Cape Bulbul Brimstone Canary Grassbird Greater Striped Swallow Red Wing Starling Common (Eurasian) Starling Sombre Greenbul Cape Robin Chat Guinea Fowl Bar Throated Apalis Cape White Eye Southern Double Collared Sunbird Cape Batis Dusky Flycatcher Tambourine Dove (call only) Fork Tailed Drongo Paradise Flycatcher (female) Alpine Swift Hadeda Ibis Western Cattle Egret White Rumped Swift Yellow Billed Kite Total 29.
Seen at Adam’s Dam, Stanford Yellow Billed Duck Red Knobbed Coot White faced Whistling Duck Reed Cormorant African Darter Common Moorhen Total 6.
Submitted by John Saunders with photos by Mike Kokot