Birding Routes

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING ALONG THE CAPE WHALE COAST Show details

ENDEMIC BIRD SPECIES OF THE CAPE WHALE COAST REGION Show details

PELAGIC ENCOUNTERS FROM KLEINBAAI IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST Show details

THE ROOIELS SITE - IN SEARCH OF THE CAPE ROCK-JUMPER Show details

AFRICAN PENGUINS AND CORMORANTS AT STONY POINT Show details

THE HAROLD PORTER NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS Show details

BIRDING AT THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE AND KLEINMOND Show details

BIRDING AT ROOISAND ALONG THE BOT RIVER ESTUARY Show details

BIRDING AT FISHERHAVEN & THE HAWSTON SEWAGE WORKS Show details


BOT RIVER ESTUARY, FISHERHAVEN AND THE HAWSTON SEWAGE WORKS
Access to the BOT RIVER ESTUARY is unfortunately fairly limited due to private land ownership along its shores. Areas such as the Arabella Golf Estate, the Benguela Cove Estate and the Meer-en-See Estate can only be accessed with special permission. This is unfortunate as the estuary is internationally recognised as it forms part of the Cape Whale Coast Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (SA118). For more information on the conservation of this important area visit:
http://www.birdlife.org.za/conservation/important-bird-areas/iba-directory/item/260-sa118-cape-whale-coast

The reed beds along the edges of the estuary where access is available support an interesting array of species such as the BLACK CRAKE, LITTLE BITTERN, PURPLE HERON, GREATER PAINTED-SNIPE, AFRICAN RAIL, AFRICAN SNIPE and AFRICAN PURPLE SWAMPHEN. Warblers include the AFRICAN REED-WARBLER (summer), LITTLE RUSH-WARBLER and LESSER SWAMP-WARBLER. The open waters regularly feature the PIED AVOCET, GREATER FLAMINGO, LESSER FLAMINGO (seldomly), GREAT CRESTED GREBE, GREAT WHITE PELICAN and AFRICAN SPOONBILL. Also look for the WHITE-BACKED DUCK, SPUR-WINGED GOOSE, SOUTH AFRICAN SHELDUCK and RED-BILLED TEAL and many more. In summer the mud flats of the estuary attract migratory waders including the BAR-TAILED GODWIT, COMMON GREENSHANK, COMMON, CURLEW, MARSH and TEREK SANDPIPERS and COMMON WHIMBREL. 

BirdLife Overberg members along Bot River Estuary
Greater Flamingos (Riaan Jacobs)

 

 

 

 

Caspian Tern (Riaan Jacobs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At FISHERHAVEN bird-watching hiking trails have been developed by the Fisherhaven Rate Payer's Association. The trails are marked by poles with white tops: There is a "Birdwatching" sign on Riverside Drive where a path leads to a viewpoint near the Afdaksrivier. A "hiking trail" sign at the slipway parking area (34° 21'20.17”S 19° 07'27.35”E) shows the start of the other trail going around Seaway Corner and there is a bench at the viewpoint behind the Yacht Club. Birding along the trails can be excellent, particularly in the early morning when many waterbirds, waders and terrestrial species are on view. Waterbirds often include the GREATER FLAMINGO, GREAT CRESTED GREBE, GREAT WHITE PELICAN and SOUTH AFRICAN SHELDUCK, together with a selection of terns that can be particularly numerous during summer. Palearctic migrants can include the BAR-TAILED GODWIT, COMMON GREENSHANK, COMMON RINGED PLOVER, COMMON, CURLEW and MARSH SANDPIPERS and COMMON WHIMBREL. The vegetation along the shore should be scanned for the BOKMAKIERIE, SOUTHERN BOUBOU, CAPE BULBUL, KAROO PRINIA, CAPE SUGARBIRD and SOUTHERN TCHAGRA. Always keep a lookout for the AFRICAN FISH-EAGLE and WESTERN OSPREY.

Purple Heron (Anton Odendal)
BirdLife Overberg members at Meer-en-See

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The HAWSTON SEWAGE WORKS (34° 22'34.86”S 19° 67'41.23”E) is another hugely underrated birding destination and staff members are usually very helpful in assisting birders. It is advised that this site be visited in groups. Huge numbers of ducks and gulls are often on display and the reed beds give cover to secretive species such as the LEVAILLANT'S CISTICOLA, BLACK CRAKE, AFRICAN PURPLE SWAMPHEN, LITTLE RUSH-WARBLER and LESSER SWAMP-WARBLER. Large numbers of YELLOW-BILLED DUCKS, CAPE SHOVELLERS and CAPE TEALS are often present. A seasonal highlight here is undoubtedly the GREY-HEADED GULL in full breeding plumage and good sightings of the MALACHITE KINGFISHER is sometimes possible. The wetland and swamp across the road from the sewage works should also not be underestimated as it is a good area for waterbirds. There are moves afoot to rehabilitate and develop access to this area, popularly called PADDAVLEI for bird-watching purposes. Vagrant species recorded at the sewage works in recent years include the BAILLON'S CRAKE and EUROPEAN and LILAC-BREASTED ROLLERS.

(Note that there are links to more information, trip reports and the like below the photographs that may be used to further plan a visit to the area).

Birding at Hawston sewage works (Carin Malan)
Swift Terns over the estuary (MC Botha)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Tern over the estuary (Dawid Malan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE VERMONT SALT PAN Show details

BIRDING AT ONRUS AND HARDERBAAI Show details

BIRDING ALONG THE HEMEL & AARDE VALLEY AND ROTARY WAY SCENIC DRIVE Show details

BIRDING ALONG THE HERMANUS CLIFF PATHS AND THE KLEIN RIVER ESTUARY Show details

THE FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE AT HERMANUS Show details

BIRDING IN AND AROUND STANFORD Show details

FROM STANFORD TO THE UILENKRAALS ESTUARY AND BEYOND Show details

THE DANGER POINT PENINSULA Show details

DYER ISLAND AND SURROUNDS Show details

THE UILENKRAALS VALLEY TO BAARDSKEERDERSBOS AND BEYOND Show details

BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG WHEATBELT IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA - INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW Show details

WHEATBELT BIRDING CIRCLE ROUTE 1: KARWYDERSKRAAL AND SWART RIVER ROADS Show details

WHEATBELT BIRDING CIRCLE ROUTE 2: THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD Show details

WHEATBELT BIRDING CIRCLE ROUTE 3: THE PAPIESVLEI AREA Show details

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Show details