Great idea to put up a nesting platform at Rooisand Nature Reserve for the Osprey! We saw the Osprey at Rooisand and Botriver Lagoon on Friday (first spotted by Brian) and again on Saturday afternoon (29 May 2010) when it flew overhead with a fish in its talons. We posted a few pictures of some birds and of the newly constructed bird hide and boardwalk (400 m long and wheelchair-friendly!) at Rooisand Nature Reserve. See 'News section' at http://www.birdingafrica.com
Cape Nature, Arabella, Vernon Head and everyone involved should be congratulated on a well-thought out project of benefit to the environment, visiting birders and local communities alike. Entrance is free! Take a picnic and enjoy.
Following Brian's idea about breeding platform, perhaps Cape Nature could also consider placing a dead tree near the hide to act as a perch for Pied Kingfisher and other birds of interest.
all the best,
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Several dead Eucalyptus trees had been planted in concrete filled drums at Arabella and Benguella Cove on the upper reaches of the Botriviervlei. These dead trees are used as perches very regularly by African Fish Eagles, and very likely by Osprey and other birds as well. I have seen Osprey perched on a fence post, eating its fish, several times. I agree that it would be nice having such posts near the new hide.