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GREAT CEDERBERG BIRDING

Posted on the 15th April 2010

Hi all

Just been on a hiking trip to the Cederberg. We stayed at Sanddrif (the chalets here are well equipped and very comfortable). We did a couple of long day hikes, taking in the Maltese Cross, where I believe the female Cape Leopard has two young cubs, Sneeuberg, and the Wolfberg Cracks and Wolfberg Arch the following day.

There is not an abundance of birds in this habitat- it is fynbos and birding is limited to species which occur here, but I was fascinated by the number of Cape Rockjumpers we saw- they are plentiful here and very confiding. There is a rather tame one at the Wolfberg Arch, which comes up close looking for food scraps. I am sure I saw the same bird here early last year and we also saw Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird; excellent sighting of Protea Seedeater on the path leading up to the Wolfberg Cracks, so we were lucky enough to see five of the six fynbos endemics…. and we weren’t even on a birding trip!

Lucia, you might be interested that I saw the Black Eagles up near the Cracks- a pair was interacting in the late afternoon (Thursday, April 8) and one of the pair was a juvenile. I would be interested to know if this is the offspring or perhaps one of the pair.

All in all a great few days in the wilderness. So close to home and yet so strikingly different. Familiar Chat and Cape Bunting were also seen most days.

Kim Wright.

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