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REPORT ON MORNING OUTING TO THE ROOISAND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 15th February 2022

The first official BirdLife Overberg of the year was to the Rooisand Nature Reserve along the western shores of the Botvlei on Saturday (12 February 2022). Thirty-seven members and friends participated and upon arrival there was a feeling that reminded one of a school reunion. It clearly showed the desire for contact with people after what we had been through with the pandemic. A decision was taken there and then that we will continue with our monthly meetings at Mollergren Hall – the announcement of the meeting on 21 February when we will be celebrating the Cape Gannet has already been released.

Birding conditions were good with a fairly strong wind earlier on in the morning. Carin took a section of the group towards the quarry in view of returning with the sun behind their backs. Other members worked mostly in the area close to the parking area where the use of a spotting scope was very popular and Charles managed to get some great photographs despite the windy conditions. Lester took a group in the other direction and concentrated on the waders in various little bays. We did not go to the bird hide as there is no water at present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GREATER FLAMINGOS and few GREAT WHITE PELICANS were easy to pick up as were PIED AVOCETS, BLACK-WINGED STILTS and GREY HERONS. SPUR-WINGED GEESE staged a fly-past and large numbers of CAPE TEALS were on show. As to be expected the CASPIAN and GREATER CRESTED TERNS were present together with the COMMON and SANDWICH TERNS – summer migrants. We were particularly pleased with the large numbers of young CASPIAN TERNS on the sandbanks.

Fly-past 1 (JP)
Fly-past 2 (JP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kittlitz's Plover (CN)
White-fronted Plover (CN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



There were large numbers of waders on show, but unfortunately none of the rare and special species that Rooisand has become famous for. The resident KITTLITZ'S and WHITE-FRONTED PLOVERS were abundant, and migrants recorded included the COMMON GREENSHANK, COMMON RINGED PLOVER, CURLEW SANDPIPER and COMMON WHIMBREL, as well as the RED KNOT, RUFF, SANDERLING, LITTLE STINT and RUDDY TURNSTONE. The latter being a lifer for Gary at long last. Carin’s group was very excited by recording an AFRICAN SNIPE and GREAT CRESTED GREBES.

Stilts & Whimbrel (JP)
Greater Flamingos (JP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commin Ringed Plover (Non-breeding) (CN)
Little Egret (CN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



We usually expect to find African Fish Eagle and Western Osprey at the Rooisand site, but unfortunately there were none of view on the day. We had great views of the AFRICAN MARSH HARRIER quartering over the reeds and the only other raptors recorded were the COMMON BUZZARD and YELLOW-BILLED KITE. The vegetation around the vlei produced a variety of endemic or near-endemic terrestrial species and these included the BOKMAKIERIE, SOUTHERN BOUBOU, CAPE BULBUL, GREY-BACKED CISTICOLA, FISCAL FLYCATCHER, CAPE GRASSBIRD, CAPE LONGCLAW, KAROO PRINIA and CAPE WHITE-EYE. A lone BLUE CRANE also staged a fly-past. The full list of species recorded can be viewed below.

A visit to the Rooisand Nature Reserve comes highly recommended, even though it would probably be much better to bird there in the afternoon. The morning was however dominated by the enjoyment of seeing old friends (and new ones) and we hope that this will set the trend for future club morning outings. The next outing will be on Saturday 26 February when we will visit the famous Rooiels site and the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The target birds here will include the Cape Rockjumper, Cape Rock Thrush and Ground Woodpecker and African Black Duck, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Victorin’s Warbler respectively. This should once again a wonderful morning’s birding – final arrangements will be released shortly.
(Images by Carin Malan (CM), Charles Naude (CN) and Jenny Parsons (JP). More images will be shared at a later stage).
Anton
15 February 2022

Lester and group in the distance
Birds everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kleinmond's wild horses along the access road (CM)
Hartlaub's Gull (CN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIES RECORDED AT ROOISAND NATURE RESERVE ON 12 FEBRUARY 2022:
1. AVOCET, PIED/ BONTELSIE
2. BISHOP, SOUTHERN RED/ ROOIVINK
3. BOKMAKIERIE
4. BOUBOU, SOUTHERN/ SUIDELIKE WATERFISKAAL
5. BULBUL, CAPE/ KAAPSE TIPTOL
6. BUZZARD, COMMON/ BRUINJAKKALSVOËL
7. CANARY, CAPE/ KAAPSE KANARIE
8. CISTICOLA, GREY-BACKED/ GRYSRUGTINKTINKIE
9. CISTICOLA, LEVAILLANT’S/ VLEITINKTINKIE
10. CORMORANT, REED/ RIETDUIKER
11. CORMORANT, WHITE-BREASTED/ WITBORSDUIKER
12. CRANE, BLUE/ BLOUKRAANVOëL
13. CROW, PIED/ WITBORSKRAAI
14. DOVE, LAUGHING/ ROOIBORSDUIFIE
15. DOVE, NAMAQUA/ NAMAKWADUIFIE
16. DOVE, RING-NECKED/GEWONE TORTELDUIF
17. EGRET, INTERMEDIATE/ GEELBEKWITREIER
18. EGRET, LITTLE/ KLEINWITREIER
19. EGRET, WESTERN CATTLE/ BOSLUISVOëL of VEEREIER
20. FISCAL, COMMON/ FISKAALLAKSMAN
21. FLAMINGO, GREATER/ GROOTFLAMINK
22. FLYCATCHER, FISCAL/ FISKAALVLEëVANGER
23. GOOSE, EGYPTIAN/ KOLGANS
24. GOOSE, SPUR-WINGED/ WILDEMAKOU
25. GRASSBIRD, CAPE/ GRASVOëL

26. GREBE, GREAT CRESTED/ KUIFKOPDOBBERTJIE
27. GREENSHANK, COMMON/ GROENPOOTRUITER
28. GUINEAFOWL, HELMETED/GEWONE TARENTAAL
29. GULL, HARTLAUB’S/ HARTLAUBSE MEEU
30. GULL, KELP/ KELPMEEU
31. HARRIER, AFRICAN MARSH/ AFRIKAANSE VLEIVALK
32. HERON, GREY/ BLOUREIER (Johan @ Vermont)
33. IBIS, AFRICAN SACRED/ SKOORSTEENVEëR
34. IBIS, HADEDA/ HADEDA
35. KINGFISHER, PIED/ BONTVISVANGER
36. KITE, YELLOW-BILLED/ GEELBEKWOU
37. KNOT, RED/ KNOET
38. LONGCLAW, CAPE/ ORANJEBORSKALKOENTJIE
39. MARTIN, BROWN-THROATED/ AFRIKAANSE OEWERSWAEL
40. OYSTERCATCHER, AFRICAN BLACK/ SWARTTOBIE
41. PELICAN, GREAT WHITE/ WITPELIKAAN
42. PLOVER, COMMON RINGED/ RINGNEKSTRANDLOPER
43. PLOVER, KITTLITZ’S/ GEELBORSSTRANDKIEWIET
44. PLOVER, WHITE-FRONTED/ VAALSTRANDKIEWIET
45. PRINIA, KAROO/ KAROOLANGSTERTJIE
46. RAVEN, WHITE-NECKED/ WITHALSKRAAI
47. RUFF/ KEMPHAAN
48. SANDERLING/ DRIETOONSTRANDLOPER
49. SANDPIPER, CURLEW/ KROMBEKSTRANDLOPER
50. SHOVELER, CAPE/ KAAPSE SLOPEEND

51. SNIPE, AFRICAN/ AFRIKAANSE SNIP
52. SPARROW, CAPE/ GEWONE MOSSIE
53. STARLING, COMMON/ EUROPESE SPREEU
54. STILT, BLACK-WINGED/ ROOIPOOTELSIE
55. STINT, LITTLE/ KLEINSTRANDLOPER
56. SWALLOW, BARN/ EUROPESE SWAEL
57. SWALLOW, GREATER STRIPED/ GROOTSTREEPSWAEL
58. SWALLOW, WHITE-THROATED/ WITKEELSWAEL
59. SWIFT, COMMON/ EUROPESE WINDSWAEL
60. TEAL, CAPE/ TEELEEND
61. TERN, CASPIAN/ REUSESTERRETJIE
62. TERN, COMMON/ GEWONE STERRETJIE
63. TERN, GREATER CRESTED/ GEELBEKSTERRETJIE
64. TERN, SANDWICH/ GROOTSTERRETJIE
65. THICK-KNEE, SPOTTED/ GEWONE DIKKOP
66. TURNSTONE, RUDDY/ STEENLOPER
67. WAGTAIL, CAPE/ GEWONE KWIKKIE
68. WARBLER, LESSER SWAMP-/ KAAPSE RIETSANGER
69. WAXBILL, COMMON/ ROOIBEKSYSIE
70. WEAVER, CAPE/ KAAPSE WEWER
71. WHIMBREL, EURASIAN/ KLEINWULP
72. WHITE-EYE, CAPE/ KAAPSE GLASOGIE 

Greater Flamingos at ease (CM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flamingos, stilts & avocets (CM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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