Our first outing for 2022, and what a treat!

Ten birders left Fernkloof just after 7:30 and drove to Stanford for a stroll along the Klein River. We were entertained by three beautiful African Hoopoes, a Giant Kingfisher and a small squadron of Pied Kingfishers. Thereafter we stopped at Appel se Dam and, despite Ronnie’s misgivings, did see a couple of water birds: Yellow-billed and White-faced Ducks, as well as a Purple Swamphen spotted by bright-eyed Renée.

Then off to Danger Point. Our highlights along the rocky coast included Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones, White-fronted Plover, Swift, Sandwich and Common Terns. But the best sight of all was an undulating banner of thousands of Cape Cormorants flying over the sea (perhaps from Dyer Island?) towards the Point. We had our coffee and rusks and shortbread while watching this incredible visual.

At the Uilenkraalsmond bridge we spotted a Little Egret and a Grey Plover. Thereafter we turned inland and drove along the Papiesvlei road. This is a lovely road with some beautiful fynbos, trees and pools of water. We noted Cape Batis, Dusky Flycatchers, Black Crake, Red-billed Teal, Pin-tailed Whydah, Large-billed Lark, Cape Grassbird and Paradise Flycatchers identified by their calls …

Those of you who couldn’t join us  − eat your hearts out! See you at the next outing.

(Barbara Swart) 

We saw a total of 87 species. RH


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