Lester and Ian Glenn led a very enjoyable outing to Meerensee and the surrounding estates this morning. There were no less than 30 members present and the parking lot reflected this, with 11 vehicles taking up all the space!
We walked around the western edges of the Bot river lagoon and adjacent gardens and managed to record no less than 66 species, despite the cool, windy and sometimes rainy weather. Perhaps our most interesting sighting was of an immature Cape Cormorant attempting to devour what looked like a snake, but could have been an eel. It really struggled to swallow the c. 60 cm reptile and even regurgitated it at least once, before making off into the deeper water with its catch. We never did see how the episode ended.
Our list, which includes birds seen at the Hawston Settling Ponds on the way home, comprised;
African Oystercatcher; African Pipit; African Sacred Ibis; Bar-throated Apalis; Bokmakerie; Southern Boubou; Cape Bulbul; Brimstone Canary; Cape Cormorant; White-breasted Cormorant; Long-billed Crombec; Laughing Dove; Fork-tailed Drongo; Little Egret; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Fiscal; Greater Flamingo; Fiscal Flycather; Cape Gannet; Sombre Greenbul; Common Greenshank; Helmeted Guineafowl; Hartlaub’s Gull; Kelp Gull; Black-headed Heron; Grey Heron; Hadeda Ibis; Sacred Ibis; Rock Kestrel; Pied Kingfisher; Blacksmith Lapwing; Brown-throated Martin; Red-faced Mousebird; Speckled Mousebird; Speckled Pigeon; Common Ringed Plover; Three Banded Plover; Kittlitz’s Plover; White-fronted Plover; Karoo Prinia; Cape Robin-Chat; Cape Sparrow; Grey-headed Sparrow; Common Starling; Black-winged Stilt; Southern Double-collared Sunbird; Malachite Sunbird; Barn Swallow; Greater Striped Swallow; Little Swift; White-rumped Swift; Olive Thrush; Cape Wagtail; Common Waxbill; Cape Weaver; Cape White-eye; African Spoonbill; Cape Spurfowl; Cape Teal; Caspian Tern; Sandwich Tern; Swift Tern; Purple Swamphen; Common Moorhen; Yellow-billed Duck; Cape Shoveller.
The outing provided a good opportunity for Challengers to add a few birds to their lists.