BLUE-MANTLED CRESTED-FLYCATCHER & OTHER SPECIALS AT HAROLD PORTER & MORE
Posted on the 25th November 2014
(Yet another special birding report - our sincere appreciation to Johan Slabbert for sharing this. Images by BirdLife Overberg member Carin Malan. There are however so many other special birding hotspots in the Cape Whale Coast region. Learn more at the following link:
Have great summer birding experiences in the Overstrand region.
My friends Basil Boer & Fanie Kruger & I went after the Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatchers at Harold Porter yesterday & it proved surprisingly easy to locate & see them, in Disa Kloof.
Being keen bird photographers, we spent the entire day there trying to get good shots of it. With marginal success I might add.
The canopy is fairly dense there & the conditions gloomy, so photography was a big challenge, but we did manage to get a few decent shots. In desperation I actually resorted to use of flash.
The BMCF is officially an ‘Uncommon to locally common resident’, but not easy to get just anywhere, so birders who need it for their list(s) might want to make use of this guaranteed opportunity.
As always though, Harold Porter is a delightful garden & well worth a visit regardless of your birding aspirations. And unlike Kirstenbosch, they offer pensioner discount every day of the week.
And of course they have a lovely restaurant there too.
For those unfamiliar with this neck of the woods, Betty’s Bay is some 40kms from Somerset West, along the R44 towards Hermanus way.
If anyone would like more details, pse feel free to contact me off net.
082 455 6186