Posted on the 6th March 2016

We presented the Flight for Birders identification and conservation course at Swellendam on Thursday and Friday. Discussions during the course once again illustrated the vast birding potential of the region as we were informed of several birding hotspots that need to be introduced to the birding community. The alley way between properties that is being beautifully maintained by the staff of the Drostdy Museum served as a perfect venue for the practical outing on Friday morning – a wonderful area to explore when visiting Swellendam as the birding in simply superb.

It was interesting that some participants in the course once again came from other areas, some even as far as from George, Stilbaai and Stellenbosch. By coincidence negotiations are underway to present the course in those areas sometimes in future. We would like to express our appreciation to Paula Combrink for sponsoring the participation of Elmo Titus and Gregory Kubedoer of the Marloth Nature Reserve and to Alison Coughlan for facilitating the use of the small hall at the Swellendam Town Hall.

It was very hot during both days and on Thursday afternoon we just did some passive birding and photography on the patio and later at the lapa of the Mountain View Cottage. (Visit Berend and Jeanette Visser have over the years created a lush garden that is a birders delight and we decided to just watch birds from the patio and lapa. We post a selection of images taken to illustrate the fantastic garden birding on offer at Mountain View. This could serve as a practical base to explore some of the top birding destinations in the region such as the Overberg Wheatbelt, the Marloth and Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserves, Tradouw Pass and the Bontebok National Park.

Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Southern Double-collared Sunbird












Cape Sugarbird


Streaky-headed Seedeater








Female Malachite Sunbird


Pin-tailed Whydah






Laughing Dove






 Female Swee Waxbill






Cape White-eye at bird bath





Cape White-eye
Early morning view from patio







Eight different species in one tree!









(All images by Anton)





Mountain View, Swellendam  (Image provided by owners)


















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