Perseverance Pays Off

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Reports of a Western Yellow Wagtail at Betty’s Bay had us rushing off there and searching the beach three times before we eventually saw the little creature yesterday afternoon.  We had spent over two hours looking on the first two visits, but yesterday it appeared as we arrived, so we were very excited.  Not only did we see the Waggie, but the beach has four African Black Oystercatcher nests and we saw both eggs and chicks.

On the path to the beach we got a pair of Long-billed Crombecs and two Southern Bou Bous, making for a good haul.  We had time on our hands, so went off to Rooi Els to see if we could find Cape Rockjumpers, but to no  avail.  Then, looking up at the cliffs for a Verreaux’s Eagle, I spotted an unusual raptor and was thrilled to be able to identify it later as a…

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Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

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A report from SARBN indicated the presence of these birds on the road into Rooisand, so we wasted no time in going to look for them.  We counted no less than eight birds along the fence.  This was a truly great experience, seeing these beautiful creatures outside of their normal range.  Then, on the way home, we saw a Secretarybird walking in the field just opposite the entrance to Benguella Cove, so the afternoon was well spent, indeed!

IMG_3437 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at Rooisand

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