Cruising on the Lady Stanford

Around 20 lucky birders enjoyed a wonderful cruise on the Lady Stanford this morning. The weather was as perfect as any birder could wish for and we had some wonderful sightings, thanks to the sharp eyes of those on board and our skipper and guide, Peter Hochfelder. Imagine goind aboard and the first things you hear are a Knysna Woodpecker and a Black Cuckoo!! It heralded great things to come and we ended up with 61 species on our list, despite the fact that for some unknown reason most of the more common wading birds were absent. So, for instance, we saw no Crakes, Moorhens, Swamphens, Coots or Grey Herons!

Our list comprised: Bar-throated Apalis, Pied Avocet, S Red Bishop, Yellow Bishop, Bokmakerie, Cape Bulbul, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Canary, Grey-backed Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola, White-breasted Cormorant, Black Cuckoo, African Darter, Cape Turtle Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Laughing Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Yellow-billed Duck, African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle, Common Fiscal, Greater Flamingo, African Paradise Flycatcher, Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Cape Grassbird, Sombre Greenbul, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-headed Heron, African Hoopoe, African Sacred Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kite, Blacksmith Lapwing, Brown-throated Martin, Speckled Mousebird, Speckled Pigeon, Three-banded Plover, Cape Robin-Chat, Black Sparrowhawk, African Spoonbill, Cape Spurfowl, Common Starling, Malachite Sunbird, Barn Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Red-billed Teal, Olive Thrush, Cape Wagtail, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Common Waxbill, Cape Weaver, Southern Masked Weaver, Cape White-eye, and Knysna Woodpecker.

For those of you competing in the Migrant Birds Challenge, you will be pleased to be able to add a number of birds from this morning’s list.

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