Posted on the 7th November 2014

Earlier this week I took 2 clients on a birding trip along the eastern shores of False Bay. It was very windy with occasional drizzling rain. The Cape Rock-jumpers at Rooiels were there, but allowed only glimpses of themselves. The pair of Verreaux’s Eagles were far more obliging, and entertained us for a while. The highlight at Rooiels was a family of 6 Cape Siskins that were feeding on just about every shrub around us. At Harold Porter the rain caused us to have a lovely lunch at the Red Disa restaurant. A quick walk through the gardens provided the usual sightings.
Then we left for a farm loop on the road that runs ± parallel to the R43, starting at the turn-off close to Fisherhaven (at the Afdaksrivier Nursery). (The Karwyderskraal Road – Ed.) Apart from Jackal Buzzard, Yellow-billed Kites, Fork-tailed Drongo, Blue Cranes, etc. , the highlight was seeing a total of 7 Denham’s Bustards. A single bird was seen opposite the dump site, and six more birds in a field amongst some cattle, closer to the dairy farm. Three males were still “pronking”, looking like inflated plastic bags. One would expect that the breeding season is more or less over now, but seemingly not for them!
Mariana Delport
DEDT registered Cultural and FGASA Level 2 Field Guide,
specialising in Birding and Botanising
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