White-backed Duck at Strandfontein Sewage Works

White-backed Duck

White-backed Duck

The highlight of my blitz around Strandfontein on Saturday was a pair of White-backed Duck on P1 [map]. They were close to the south bank. I can’t recall seeing White-backed Duck at Strandfontein before, has anyone else seen this pair?

Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingo

Water levels are high at the moment and bird numbers seemed a bit lower than average. There are however loads of Greater Flamingo around.

Karoo Scrub-Robin

Karoo Scrub-Robin

I don’t always venture into the back pans of Strandfontein, but if one is trying to build a decent list you can add a variety of species such as Karoo Scrub-robin [pictured above], Cape Grassbird, Grey-backed Cisticola and African Reed Warbler in summer.

Strandfontein bird list: Cape Canary, Kelp Gull, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Cape White-eye, Karoo Prinia, Common Starling, Great White Pelican, Little Rush-Warbler, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, White-breasted Cormorant, Cape Bulbul, Little Grebe, Helmeted Guineafowl, Cape Turtle-Dove, Greater Flamingo, Cape Robin-chat, Glossy Ibis, Cape Teal, Southern Pochard, Red-billed Teal, Maccoa Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Sacred Ibis, Hartlaub’s Gull, Reed Cormorant, Pied Avocet, Red-knobbed Coot, Blacksmith Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-billed Duck, African Marsh Harrier, Common Moorhen, Speckled Pigeon, Cape Spurfowl, Little Swift, African Black Swift, Alpine Swift, Swift Tern, Hadeda Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Cape Wagtail, Common Waxbill, Grey-backed Cisticola, Karoo Scrub-robin, Yellow Bishop, Cape Grassbird, White-throated Swallow, African Black Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, Black-shouldered Kite, Brown-throated Martin, White-backed Duck x 2, African Pipit, Pied Crow, Black-headed Heron.

Mammals: Cape Grysbok, Small-grey Mongoose.

David Winter

1 comment to White-backed Duck at Strandfontein Sewage Works

  • David

    Note from Patrick Cardwell:

    Hi David

    Above have been around for over a year at Strandfontein and were there in the eastern corner of P2 again yesterday. Four birds in all. Interesting bit is the fact that they breed at Strandfontein as well. Not sure if I have the precise date but a pair with six ducklings in tow were recorded earlier this year on P2 while guiding a trip. Will keep you posted on interesting observations as I go along.

    Best regards
    Patrick

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