Sightings

Sightings

BIRDING AROUND CERES

Posted on the 23rd January 2016
BIRDING AT CERES On Sunday 17 January at 05h45 I counted 370 Lesser Kestrels at Bella Vista outside Ceres. A little later at 06h30 I observed how Whiskered Terns fed their chicks of less than a w... Read more »

RARE BIRDS SEEN IN THE WESTERN CAPE DURING DECEMBER

Posted on the 4th January 2016
(The Western Cape Province again produced some excellent rare birds over the December holiday season. Here is a summary of birds seen as reported by Trevor Hardaker in the SA Rare Bird News report ... Read more »

MORE EXCELLENT SIGHTINGS FROM THE WESTERN CAPE

Posted on the 11th August 2015
Trevor's SA RareBirdNews on 10 August again reported some excellent sightings in the Western Cape: Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Simon’s Town on Thursday produced ... Read more »

AUSTRALIAN & CAPE GANNETS

Posted on the 16th November 2014
A few years ago BirdLife Overberg member MC Botha took a photograph of an Australian Gannet with a Cape Gannet on Malgas Island. It is the first image below with the Australian Gannet on the left. ... Read more »

INTERESTING SIGHTINGS AT KIRSTENBOSCH

Posted on the 8th August 2014
Hi All After the wet and gloomy weather of the last few days, it was a pleasure to lead the monthly Kirstenbosch bird walk in glorious sunshine this morning. A couple of interesting sightings whi... Read more »

FRANKLIN'S GULLS AND GOLIATH HERONS

Posted on the 8th August 2014
(From SA Rare Bird News on 7 August 2014. - Ed.) Starting in the Western Cape, there was some surprise late yesterday afternoon at Pan P4 at Strandfontein Sewage Works when observers were enjoyin... Read more »

VERREAUX'S EAGLE & FAIRY FLYCATCHER IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 16th June 2014
Hi Cape birders, Just two sightings that may be of interest to others out there... Margaret and I visited the West Coast National Park this morning for a few hours and were quite excited to loc... Read more »

OLIVE WOODPECKERS IN THE PENINSULA

Posted on the 15th April 2014
Following on from Dave’s comment about Olive Woodpeckers in Kirstenbosch, I started my morning today with a stunning pair of Olive Woodpeckers tapping away in a plane tree in my garden in Cam... Read more »

RARITIES STILL AVAILABLE AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 1st March 2014
DE MOND RARITIES - all the recent goodies (BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN and GREATER SAND PLOVERS) were present and showing well this morning all down towards the mouth of the... Read more »

SEDGE WARBLER & BAILLON'S CRAKE AT VERMONT SALT PAN

Posted on the 18th January 2014
I made the rather nervous decision to skip the pelagic trip today due to a bad cough and faltering voice, and decided to pop out to Vermont Pan to use up the apprehensive hours until the trip retur... Read more »

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER AT FISHERHAVEN OUTSIDE HERMANUS

Posted on the 29th December 2013
(The vagrants just keep on rolling in. Several birders found this bird between 06h00 and 09h00 this morning. - Ed.) On Christmas day we had a report of a Lilac-breasted Roller in Fisherhaven near... Read more »

GOOD SIGHTINGS IN THE BREDASDORP AREA

Posted on the 28th December 2013
A short 4 day holiday at a wonderful, isolated cottage - no-one to see, nothing to hear except birds - a most interesting sighting was of approximately 300 Avocets. It was an incredible sight and I... Read more »

GREAT SIGHTINGS IN THE SOUTH: MOSTLY AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 17th December 2013
Hi All, If SABAP 2 is correct, I probably have recorded the most Southerly of the following birds ever: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Macoa Duck Southern Pochard Greater Crested Grebe Blac... Read more »

BIRDING AT PAARDEVLEI, SOMERSET WEST

Posted on the 16th December 2013
Just went for a quick Paardevlei visit (in the old AE&CI works). First time for ages. No problem getting in and stacks of birds on the vlei. All 3 Grebes, Maccoas,Pochards, lots of Whiskered Te... Read more »

HOTTENTOT BUTTONQUAIL AT AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 16th December 2013
Hi All, Saw x4 times Hottentot Buttonquail in the past 48hrs in Agulhas National Park. Poor quality pics but at least you can see them. Yours Wim de Klerk 15 December 2013... Read more »