Posted on the 3rd February 2010

Mike Graham visited Wilderness recently and despite the drought came away with a very impressive list of species:

Wilderness Birding Spots

Lagoon (Touw River)  White-breasted Cormorant, Reed Cormorant, Bank Cormorant, African Darter, Grey Heron, Black-headed Heron, Blacksmith Plover, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Shoveler, Little Grebe, Red-knobbed Coot, Common Moorhen, Pied Kingfisher.

Waterfront Road (alongside Lagoon) down to Fairy Knowe  Knysna Touraco, Sombre Bulbul, Cape White-eye, Forest Canary, Black-headed Oriole, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Burchell’s Coucal, Chorister Robin, Olive Shrike, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Black Sawwing, Terrestial Brownbul, Streaky-headed Seedeater.

Fairy Knowe to Sewerage Works along the railway line/trail  Yellow Bishop, Cape Grassbird, Little Sparrowhawk, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Swee Waxbill, Common Waxbill.

Vleis (use Bird Hides)  As in Lagoon species + Black-winged Stilt, African Fish Eagle, Kittlitz's Plover, Malachite Kingfisher, African Purple Swamphen, Egrets, Southern Pochard, Cape Teal.

Kingfisher Trails to Waterfalls (there are 2 – use both)  Green-backed Cameroptera, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Narina Trogon, Red-chested Cuckoo, Bar-throated Apalis, Puff-back Shrike, Knysna Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Southern Boubou, AfricanDusky Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher.

Big Tree Circular Walk (Hoekwill)  Knysna Warbler.




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