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FIFTY BEAUTIFUL RESIDENT BIRDS ALONG THE CAPE WHALE COAST

Posted on the 18th March 2018

We feature images of 50 randomly selected resident birds taken by BirdLife Overberg members in the Overstrand municipal area - just over half of them endemic to SA. Migratory species are therefore excluded. We also indicate the most popular sites where you might try to find them. Detailed descriptions of spots where to look for these birds are available at this link:

http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/routes.php

Let us see how many of these species you can find over the upcoming Easter holiday period until 9 April. Report your sightings in the user comments below. 

1. Cape Rock-jumper. Look at Rooiels or Rotary drive. Carin Malan
2. Ground Woodpecker. Look at Rooiels or Rotary Drive. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Cape Rock-Thrush. Look at Rooiels or the Gansbaai mountain. Jenny Parsons


 

 

 

 

4. Cape Siskin. Look at Rooiels or Harold Porter BG. Anton

 

 

 

 

5. Cape Sugarbird. Abundant. Jenny Parsons

 

 

 

 

 

6. Orange-breasted Sunbird. Look at Harold Porter BG or Fernkloof NR. Anton

 

 

7. Grey-backed Cisticola. Swartrivier road. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Cape Bunting. Rooiels or Harold Porter BG. Richard Masson
9. Cape Grassbird. Harold Porter BG or Fernkloof NR. Anton


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher. Harold Porter BG or Witkrans. Carin Malan

 

 

 

11.African Penguins. Stony Point. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 & 13. Crowned & Cape Cormorants. Stony Point. Carin Malan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. African Black Oystercatchers. Coastline. Carin Malan

 

 

 

15. White-fronted Plover. Coastline. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Swift Terns. Coastline. Louis Alberts

 

 

 

16. Caspian Tern. Estuaries. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. Greater Flamingos. Estuaries. Anton

 

 

 

19. African Fish-Eagle (Sub-adult). Estuaries. Jenny Parsons

 

 

 

 

 

20. Black-crowned Night-Heron. Reeds at water. Richard Masson

 

 

 

 

21. Malachite Kingfisher. Abundant. Richard Masson

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. White-faced Ducks. Dams & ponds. Anton

 

 

 

23. White-backed Ducks. At water lilies. Charles Naude

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. Cape Shoveler. Abundant. Anton

 

 

 

25. Verreaux's Eagle. Rooiels & Fernkloof NR. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

26. African Harrier-Hawk. Abundant. Carin Malan

 

 

 

27. Black Sparrowhawk. Difficult to get, but look carefully. Steve Peck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28. Jackal Buzzard. Abundant. Carin Malan

 

 

 

 

29. Black Harrier. Swartrivier road. Carin Malan

 

 

 

 

31. Forest Buzzards. Near well wooded areas. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

30. African Goshawk. Abundant. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33. Secretarybird. Karwyderskraal road. Anton

 

32. Black-shouldered Kite. Karwyderskraal & Swartrivier roads. Charles Naude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35. Large-billed Lark. Swartrivier road. Anton

 

34. Blue Crane. Swartrivier road. Craig Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36. Capped Wheatear. Swartrivier road. Anton

 

37. Denham's Bustards. Swartrivier road. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38. Cape Clapper Lark. Rooisand NR area & Rotary drive. Richard Masson

 

39 Water Thick-knees. At water. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41. Amethyst Sunbird. Gardens. Richard Masson
40. Zitting Cisticola. Swartrivier road. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42. African Dusky Flycatcher. Well wooded gardens. Anton

 

 

 

43, Common Waxbill. Abundant. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45. Southern Boubou. Well wooded gardens. Anton

 

 

44. Cape Bulbul. Abundant. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47. Cape Spurfowl. Abundant. Anton
46. Southern Tchagra. Coastal brush. MC Botha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49. Fiscal Flycatcher. Abundant. Anton
48. Cape Batis. Well wooded gardens. Richard Masson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Karoo Prinia. Abundant. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

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HANNA BOEKE (posted: 2018-03-18 17:16:38)
We drove from Botrivier along the Karwyderskraal Rd and back via R43 this morning (18th) and saw 5 of those on your list: Cape Bulbul, Jackal Buzzard, many Blue Cranes, Black-shouldered Kite and African Fish Eagle. We also saw cormorants and a tern, but they were too far for us to ID. No luck with the Denham's Bustards, unfortunately.
ANTON ODENDAL (posted: 2018-03-18 11:55:07)
How blessed we are!