(Birding at the De Mond Nature Reserve is currently outstanding as this brief report clearly illustrate. Carin Malan also confirmed the presence of Damara Tern yesterday. - Ed.)
De Mond is currently a feast of waders and terns. I estimated about 7000 Common(majority), Damara, Sandwich, Whiskered and Swift Terns. About 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, about 15 Grey Plovers, one possible Pacific Golden Plover(which flew off before I could take a picture), about 600 Curlew Sandpipers, about 500 Common Ringed Plovers, about 1000 Little Stints and about 6 Common Sandpipers. There were also Common Whimbrels, White-fronted Plovers, Marsh Sandpipiers, etc. etc. present.
I have looked for the Black Tern – nothing. Greater Sand Plover – maybe. To be discussed with experienced birders.
The best time to go is from about 15h00 as tide goes down. Just remember they close at 16h00 and the last ones must leave at 18h00. Remember your Wild Card!
Pictures unfortunately does no justice to this spectacular scene. 106 Species recorded for the pentad over 2 day period.
Wim de Klerk