Betty’s Bay wetland birding

Grootwit Vlei, Betty’s Bay

I spent one of the few Easter weekend weather gaps at Grootwit Vlei in Betty’s Bay where the water levels are now low enough to walk around the edges. Apart from the expected Water Thick-knee, African Snipe, Little Egret and Sacred Ibis, of note were three […]

Birding at Honeywood Farm, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

This last weekend was spent relaxing at John and Miranda Moodie’s Honeywood Farm, which is adjacent to Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The area has finally had a sprinkling of rain so it was back to its lush, green self. Not too much time was spent behind the camera or bins, but birds are difficult to avoid […]

Yellow Wagtail still at Strandfontein Sewage Works

Per Holmen reports that the Yellow Wagtail was still present at Strandfontein Sewage Works yesterday. Below is his original note from Cape Birdnet and one of his cracking photos of the bird:

I just got back from Caprivi (trip report will shortly follow) yesterday and realized I have a lot of Western Cape catching up […]

Strandveld birding in West Coast National Park

Don’t forget to also look at some Strandveld birds this weekend if you’re heading to Langebaan for the rarities. I found the entrance road to Seeberg hide to be particularly productive last Sunday. All the usuals were in attendance, but I was especially pleased with two very confiding Cape Penduline Tits at the Seeberg car […]

Good numbers of Hottentot Teal at Strandfontein Sewage Works

Hottentot Teal is by no means a rarity in the Western Cape, but I would say it’s certainly uncommon to rare. Numerous birders have been reporting good numbers of these teal from Strandfontein recently. I quickly snapped the photo below when I was looking for the Yellow Wagtail.

For those not familiar with […]

Kirstenbosch birding notes

Just a quick note about some birding at Kirstenbosch. To assist with a pentade card (3355_1825 – southern suburbs of Cape Town) for SABAP2 I spent an hour on Sunday evening pottering around the gardens [a full birdlist is at the end of this post].

There are heaps of Orange-breasted Sunbirds […]

Birding in Cape Town: Die Oog, Bergvliet

I’ve been a bit slow in catching up with all of these African Openbill records so I decided to remedy this by visiting Die Oog in Bergvliet, Cape Town on Saturday evening. Die Oog is a small wetland reserve in suburban Bergvliet, not far from the M3 highway.

The reserve has, and I […]

Birding in Cape Town: Mouille Point beach

Continuing from previous posts about birding in and around Cape Town, a good birding spot that is very close (walking distance) to the V&A Waterfront and the new 2010 World Cup Football stadium is Mouille Point beach. The site is probably best known amongst local birders for its historical records of Greater Sheathbill, but actually […]

Birding in Cape Town: Table Mountain and Lions Head

One of Cape Town’s greatest attractions is that it is located on the boundary of the Table Mountain National Park – in fact the park is surrounded by Cape Town! The city centre is located in a bowl flanked by Table Mountain to the south, Lions Head and Signal Hill to the west, and Table […]

Birding in Cape Town:West Coast National Park, Langebaan

Wednesday, a public holiday in South Africa, was spent birding with mates in the West Coast National Park. Located on the southern leg of Langebaan lagoon, the park is without equal in South Africa when it comes to the number and variety of shorebirds one can see. The Strandveld (local vegetation type) birding is also […]