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ONLINE TALK ON BIRD-WATCHING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LANGEBERG REGION

Happening on the 28th January 2021

One of the future online talks in the ‘Getting more out of Birding’ lecture series highlights birding opportunities in and around the towns of Robertson, McGregor, Bonnievale, Ashton and Montagu in the Langeberg local municipal area. This talk is aimed at marketing the area to a growing local and international birding fraternity and assisting local birders and tourism operators to understand the growing importance of birding tourism. The talk is being presented online via Zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

This talk firstly reviews birding opportunities along the Breede River and then highlights typical garden birds to be found in the region. This is followed by an illustration of the typical species to be found along the open roads and the thickets mostly along the water courses of the region. Most importantly species normally associated with Karoo habitats are discussed – this is a great feature of birding in the region as it is the closest to Cape Town where these birds can be found. Finally the species typically found in mountainous and Fynbos habitats are shown. 

Akkerbos in the Dassieshoek Nature Reserve
Peaceful scene at Barry House, Riverton Stud

 

 

 

 

 

 



The talk reviews several compelling reasons to visit the Langeberg region for bird-watching. The region sports a well established tourism infrastructure, with many well known tourist destinations and others yet to be discovered. The Breede River offers excellent opportunities to observe birds associated with water. The Langeberg region is a hotbed of endemism: Common species, Fynbos specials and species usually associated with Karoo habitats are in many cases common. No less than 42 of the 95 species illustrated during the talk are in fact endemic or near-endemic to southern Africa – this is a major potential birding tourism attraction for local and international birders alike. It is the closest area to Cape Town and the Overstrand where this unique combination of endemic species can be enjoyed. Finally, the Langeberg region and the rest of Route 62 are generally regarded as a better birding alternative than the N2 when travelling between Cape Town and the Garden Route or the Eastern Cape. This clearly illustrates the vast bird-watching opportunities of the Langeberg region.

Grey Tit
Cape Rock Thrush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for an exciting overview of birding opportunities in and around the towns of Robertson, McGregor, Bonnievale, Ashton and Montagu – the area is certainly a ‘must visit destination’ when a birding excursion to the Western Cape is planned.

ARRANGEMENTS:
TALK: Birding opportunities in the Langeberg region
DATES: Thursday 28 January 2021 at 19h00
FORMAT: The course is presented online via Zoom – If required participants will be assisted to be able to take part using Zoom
COSTS: R 100.00 per person
REGISTRATION: Contact Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402 or Anton at birding@overberg.co.za or WhatsApp at 082 550 3347 to register or to obtain more information.
NOTE: Gift vouchers to attend the course are available – an ideal gift for budding birders.

White-faced Whistling Ducks
Jackal Buzzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Grassbird

 

 

 

 

(Images by BirdLife Overberg members)
 


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