WINTER CWAC COUNT ON BITOU AND KEURBOOMS RIVER: George & Jeanette Powter
This year the winter CWAC(Co-ordinated waterbird count) count was carried out by members of the Plett Bird Club in August. The count is done in conjunction with Cape Nature who provides a boat to traverse the Keurbooms River. We were delighted to see many cormorants and darters feeding, indicating a sufficient food source and a healthy river.
In 2011 on the Bitou and surrounds 508 birds and 28 species were counted and in 2012 557 birds were counted and 28 species. On the Keurbooms in 2011, 670 birds were counted and 26 species. In 2012, 715 were counted consisting of 30 species. This indicates that our wetlands are remaining fairly consistent.
On the Bitou 7 Black-crowned Night-Herons were recorded. After the count some pine trees where they probably bred and roosted were chopped down so it will be interesting to see whether they remain here. The herons were seen in the reeds at the dam opposite Penny Pinchers.
Last year on the Keurbooms 31 White-fronted Plovers were recorded compared to 27 this year.
The recordings of the number of Egyptian Geese and Kelp Gulls seem to be fairly consistent but the statisticians at ADU at UCT will assess these numbers.
This year 65 Swift Terns and 19 spoonbills were seen on the Keurbooms.