The rain it raineth every day and it rained more than twice on Saturday but a few brave souls ventured out in the pouring rain for Umbogavango. Sandi phoned me early on Saturday morning and I thought she was going to bale but it was only to ask that I drive into her complex as she didn’t want to stand in the rain at her gate! So there was Sandi, Fran and I sitting in the car in the rain at Umbogavango when Jenny Rix pitched up and soon after Peter and Franki arrived – at which stage the rain started to lift a little and we walked to the first hide where upon it started to rain again but the birding was fun from the hide – lots of different weavers, prinias, warblers, the odd Egypo and moorhen to keep us occupied. Once it stopped raining we walked to the bottom hide – quite good birding along the way and at the hide there were Little Grebe, coot, moorhen, Egypo with chicks and a very confiding Natal Robin. On the walk back we had a superb pair of Long-crested Eagles preening on a dead gum – the male showing off his white leggings to perfection.
Paul & Sally joined us for coffee – but once again the rain came down and chased us home.
We didn’t do a bird count and no pics but we must have seen about +40 birds – not to shabby for a very rainy day.