It may not be in the league of the Paarl or Strandfontein sewage works but my little offering on the outskirts of Napier deserves a visit if you are in the area!
Today I went in search of the hard to see and even harder to photograph Lesser Swamp-Warbler….
As I walked to the reed bed that I wanted to hide beside I disturbed a whole bunch of water birds, Cape Teal, Red-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Ducks and even a couple of African Black Ducks all rose from the waters.
Dotted around the banks I spotted, Three-banded Plover, Blacksmith Lapwing, Sacred and Hadeda Ibis, Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron, a lone Reed Cormorant, Water Thick-knees and numerous Black- winged Stilts flew overhead scolding loudly to me!
In the reed beds Cape Wagtail flitted about, Neddicky and Levaillant’s Cisticola sang from the bushes and coots and moorhens moved around in the company of Little Grebes.
But eventually I got into position, laying flat on the grassy bank hidden behind some reed beds and soon the little warbler made her appearance, managed some nice images, just reward for a little perseverance!
So although there was no rare bird sightings at my little works, its but still a fantastic place to spend a few hours doing what I love best…birding!!