Posted on the 10th January 2016

(Carin and Dawid did the Swartrivier road and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens yesterday and forwarded this brief report. It just reminded me what a great outing we should have on Saturday. Chris will take a group on a hike from the Palmiet area through the magnificent Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and end up at Harold Porter. I will take another group to Rooiels, and possibly Stony Point, and also end up at Harold Porter where we will all have lunch together. I post some of Carin's images to illustrate what a great outing it should be. We all meet at the Onrus OK at 06h00 from where transport will be coordinated. Those going directly to Rooiels can meet us there between 06h45 and 07h00. RSVP me at 082 550 3347 or Chris at 082 442 7503. - Anton)

Images from last year's Kogelberg hike
Still smiling










January images of birding at Rooiels:

Cape Rock-jumper
Brunia Stokoei in bloom at this time of year










Jackal Buzzard









After a early start for the Swartrivier road, Dawid and myself found loads and loads of buzzards, at times 10 in one area, hunting locusts. The highlight of course wasspotting an European Honey Buzzard, that we reported on yesterday. We also spotted White Storks, very little LBJ's, then we headed for Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.

Cape Siskin at Harold Porter
Swee Waxbill at Harold Porter









We arrived at HP at about 10:00 with very little visitors in the garden. We found all the usual suspects, including the 3 flycatchersand all the sunbirds are out of their breeding plumage. What was very interesting is the amount of juvenile birds present, the Paradise and Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatchers were very noise, with lots tail feather displays. We also heard Victorin's Warbler and also saw Cape Siskin.

African Paradise-Flycatcher
Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher










Cape Rock-Thrush at HP yesterday









We had a lovely lunch afterwards at the restaurant in the gardens. I hope the "kiekies" will inspire you to join us next Saturday for our first field outing of 2016.

Images and text by Carin Malan

The Red Disas are in bloom at this time of year
Yesterday's European Honey Buzzard










African Stonechat













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