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MORNING OUTING TO HELDERBERG NR, 17 APRIL 2010

Posted on the 20th April 2010

(Auriel Miller, who still regards herself as a novice birder, forwarded this short report - also see photograph in the picture gallery).

On Saturday (17 April 2010) some of us from BLO enjoyed a wonderful outing to Helderberg nature reserve, Somerset West! The weather was kind - overcast & no wind. Although no birds of note were spotted en route from Onrus, we did enjoy a wealth of our feathered friends in the reserve, with plenty of Cape Sugarbirds, and sunbirds (Southern Double-collared & Orange-breasted, & Malachite), as would be expected around the fynbos. A couple of highlights (for writer) were Levaillant's Cisticola (so close!), and female Yellow Bishop (Yellow-rumped Widow previously), the latter trying very hard not to be observed or photographed! (Mike Graham has a pic.). Other birds seen: Jackal Buzzards (with calls heard!), Pied Crows, White-necked Raven, Common Waxbills, Yellow-billed Ducks, Little Grebe, Common Moorhen, White-breasted Cormorant, Cape Weavers, Karoo Prinia (also so close, came to inspect 'intruder', call on Mike's cell), Cape Robin-Chat, Cape Bulbul, Common Fiscal (Fiscal Shrike as we remember him), Red-faced Mousebird, Greater Striped Swallow, & as always, Egyptian Goose.
We also enjoyed refreshments at the restaurant, including very reasonably priced lunch.
Altogether a worthwhile visit.


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