We completed another BIRP count at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve yesterday moring. The energetic among us (read Chris, Ilse and Paula) were out for a hike at 06h30 and the rest of joined at 08h00. It was one of those perfect summer mornings and the birds were very active. We concentrated largely on the lower gardens, although Chris, Charles and Riaan also hiked to the waterfall in the hope recording Blue-mantled Crested- Flycatcher. The outstanding feature of the morning's birding was the vast numbers of immature birds found, particularly in the lower gardens - really productive year for the Fernkloof birds. We hereby post a selection of images provided mostly by Paula Combrink and Riaan Jacobs.
Moulting Southern Double-collared Sunbirds
Females on Erica's
Fiscal Flycatchers - adult and young
Immature African Dusky Flycatcher
Sub-adult Klaas's Cuckoos
(The next morning outing will be on 31 January when we will do a BIRP count at the ROOISAND NATURE RESERVE along the shores of the Botvlei. Note however that Nida Potgieter has kindly arranged permits so that we would also be able to access the mouth area from MEER-EN-SEE. This is where we were in the past able to study and photograph vast numbers of flamingos and terns and where we found the EURASIAN OYSTERCATCHER some years ago. Final arrangements to follow. This is an outing not to be missed - minute it in your diaries now. - Anton)