COUNTING BIG BIRDS OUTSIDE NAPIER FROM A MOUNTAIN BIKE
Posted on the 2nd May 2017
Napier - Wheatbelt report
Following a really successful day outing along the dirt roads leading out from Napier into the Overberg wheatbelt last week I decided to spend a couple of hours today cruising around on my mountain bike and doing a “big bird” count!
So from 9am to 11am today I managed a very good count of 15 Denham’s Bustards, not quiet the 20+ we saw last week but goes to show that if you want to see this big beautiful species now’s the time to come and have a look.
Fifty eight Blue Cranes made an appearance, the largest flock was 18 strong so they are really doing well in this area, also seen was a flock of 28 Sacred Ibises and over 30 Spur-winged Geese, all at one small water hole!
But the best was a really great sighting, up close of 7 Grey-winged Francolins, flushed out of the verge as one group right in front of me!
Didn’t count the smaller ones this time, but they were there just the same….again brilliant birding to be had!
Denham's Bustard taking off
African Sacred ibis
(Text & images by Steve Peck of BirdLife Overberg)