Posted on the 24th August 2015

Thirteen BirdLife Overberg members braved a very strong south-easter in the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Saturday 22nd August.


(l) Fernkloof Nature Reserve entrance; (r) View over Hermanus from Fernkloof.

Conditions were not ideal for bird-watching, but despite this we were able to find some great birds with many of them being endemic or near-endemic.


(l) Orange-breasted Sunbird; (m) Malachite Sunbird; (r) Cape Spurfowl.

Chris took most of the participants on the trail to the waterfall and many fabulous species were recorded. These included very vocal and active Cape Grassbirds, Cape Sugarbirds, Orange-breasted Sunbirds, all three mousebirds and Jackal Buzzard. They unfortunately again missed out on Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, but their highlight was undoubtedly a very vocal Victorin's Warbler.

The Stygers and myself concentrated largely on the lower gardens and were able to add endemics such as Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Spurfowl and Southern Double-collared Sunbird. Auriol, Jenny and a guest added Common Waxbill and Cape and Brimstone Canaries in this section of the reserve.


(l) Cape Sugarbird; (r) Cape Grassbird.

In total we were able to submit a BIRP card containing 55 species – not too bad for such poor conditions. Kindly contact me if you want to receive a copy of the report card. 

Keir Lynch has resigned from CapeNature to take up a position as extension officer with the Overberg Lowland Conservation Trust. The implication of this is that the MOU between BirdLife Overberg and CapeNature regarding BIRP counts in various reserves will have to be revised. Carin, Chris, Ilse and myself will have meetings about this over the next week or so and we will then circulate a new list of day and morning outings. We are planning some wonderful experiences, so watch this space.

Article by Anton Odendal

Images provided by Paula Combrink, Chris Cheetham and Anton Odendal.


BLO members enjoying the outing to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.



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