MEDIA RELEASE: THE BIRDS OF THE CAPE WHALE COAST REGION
Posted on the 16th December 2019
Members of BirdLife Overberg have launched detailed descriptions of the top bird-watching destinations and the special and endemic bird species that one could expect to find along the Cape Whale Coast. The Overstrand region is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. Consider the sublime Cape Floral Kingdom, spectacular landscapes, acclaimed wines, diverse peoples, sharks and whales – the list goes on. One of the region’s greatest assets is the sheer diversity of bird species found in the area as it hosts a range of highly sought-after endemic and near-endemic species. The African Penguin, Cape Rockjumper, African Black Oystercatcher, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin’s Warbler and Ground Woodpecker are just a few of the exciting species that visiting birders want to find in the region.
To this should be added that several intriguing and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, the Vermont Salt Pan, several estuaries and more need to be properly exposed to a rapidly growing bird-watching fraternity. In addition, the region boasts an outstanding tourism infrastructure and a plethora of accommodation establishments that are well-equipped to cope with the demands set by domestic and international bird-watchers.
These web pages serve as an introductory overview to assist birders in tracking down some of the prominent birds of the region with key information on where to search for them. It should be seen as a starting point to be used against the backdrop of information on www.westerncapebirding.co.za Links are provided with each birding destination giving access to more comprehensive articles, trip reports and websites that the visitor can use to enhance the planning of birding excursions. The Cape Whale Coast bird finder web pages can be viewed at this link: http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/routes.php?id=16
Further information can be obtained from:
Dr. Anton Odendal
(c): +27 82 550 3347