Posted on the 19th November 2013

(It is that time of year when we have to advise many birders from overseas and up-country on where to find the best birds in the Western Cape Province. The letter below serves as a good example of the needs of visiting birders. - Ed.)

Hi Anton and Ione (and Brian!)

Thank you for responding so quickly.

We are keen birders, and we are glad that you will be able to help us this weekend!

The birds that we hope to see at the West Coast National Park include the following :

Bank Cormorant
Southern Black Korhaan
Greywinged Francolin
Eurasian Curlew
African Rail
African Marsh Harrier
Caspian Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit
Common Redshank
Broadbilled Sandpiper
Hudsonian Godwit
Mongolian Plover

I don't know how difficult it is to find the Cape Rock-jumper by ourselves, because that is the only bird that we want to see in the Rooi Els area. I don't know if the Victoran's Scrub-warbler is found there as well?

So maybe we must book your services for the Saturday only, to go to the West Coast National Park, and then we can try to do the Rooi Els Area on our own?

To answer your other queation, we are from Pretoria, and are staying in Bloubergstrand for the weekend. There are so many places to go birding around Cape Town, but the two birds we really want to see, are the Southern Black Korhaan and the Cape Rock-jumper. That is why we decided on the two areas for birding this weekend.

Other birds that we also haven't seen yet in your area includes :

Hottentot Buttonquail
White-backed Duck
Red-necked Phalarope at the Strandfontein Sewage works
Common Chaffinch at Tokai

So please advise us whether you think our areas are the best?

Lida Strydom


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