The weather forecast kept changing, but this morning everything suggested that we would be able to get in a good few hours of birding before the rain set in. We were wrong! On arrival everything looked good, so we walked along the lagoon edge towards the flocks of waders that could be sen in the distance, only to have a strong wind come up and then along came the rain! We hurried back to shelter and had our coffee and snacks (Lester stayed out, which explains why he gets more birds than the rest of us!) and compiled our bird list. It wasn’t bad, given the circumstances and we achieved a total of 76 species! Our drive back across the Agulhas plains was unproductive, but certainly contributed to dirtying our cars more than might have been wished for!
Bar-throated Apalis; Southern Red Bishop; Yellow Bishop; Bokmakerie; Southern Boubou; Cape Bulbul; Cape Bunting; Denham’s Bustard; Common Buzzard; Jackal Buzzard; Brimstone Canary; Yellow Canary; Grey-backed Cisticola; Levaillant’s Cisticola; Red-knobbed Coot; Reed Cormorant; White-breasted Cormorant; Black Crake; Blue Crane; Cape Crow; Pied Crow; Cape Turtle Dove; Laughing Dove; Red-eyed Dove; Fork-tailed Drongo; White-backed Duck; Yellow-billed Duck; Little Egret; Western Cattle Egret; Common Fiscal; African Paradise Flycatcher; Fiscal Flycatcher; Egyptian Goose; Spur-winged Goose; Sombre Greenbul; Common Greenshank; Helmeted Guineafowl; Hartlaub’s Gull; Kelp Gull; Black-headed Heron; Grey Heron; African Sacred Ibis; Hadeda Ibis; Black-shouldered Kite; Blacksmith Lapwing; Crowned Lapwing; Red-capped Lark; Common Moorhen; Speckled Mousebird; Common Moorhen; Speckled Pigeon; African Pipit; Common Ringed Plover; Grey Plover; White-fronted Plover; Karoo Prinia; White-necked Raven; Cape Robin-Chat; Terek Sandpiper; House Sparrow; African Spoonbill; Cape Spurfowl; Common Starling; Pied Starling; Red-winged Starling; Little Stint; African Stonechat; Southern Double-collared Sunbird; Barn Swallow; Greater Striped Swallow; African Swamphen; Caspian Tern; Spotted Thick-Knee; Cape Wagtail; Cape Weaver; Capped Wheatear; Whimbrel; Cardinal Woodpecker.
Photos – Ronnie and Lester (who is confusing De Mond with De Hoop)