Report by Tyron Dall
Nine birders enjoyed a wonderful mornings birding with excellent weather. The first bird to get our attention was an African Darter on a mud flat in the middle of the river, which seemed to be waiting for the sun’s rays to warm its outstretched wings.
In the beginning of the outing much of the trail was in the shade and the birding was a bit slow, but as the sun came out it picked up quite a bit.
The Little Bee-eaters were giving quite a show, but naturally everyone was asking about the White-fronted Bee-eaters. We briefly heard the White-fronted Bee-eaters but didn’t see them until our walk back later in the day.
The birds of the day for me, and which where lifers for some of our new BLPN members were the Cape robin-chat and Fiscal flycatcher. This is the first time this year that I have seen these birds on the trail. They seem to be altitudinal migrants to the coast in Winter.
The only raptor seen on the day was one of the resident Fish eagles which was seen perched on a tree in the distance. Another highlight for the day, was the amount of sunbirds which we saw. We all got very good views of the Purple-banded sunbird, as well as seeing Amethyst and White-bellied.
When we got back to the car park area which overlooks the river, we also got to see a Goliath heron and three Water thick-knees. Altogether the bird count for the morning was 63.
Thanks to all the people who came on the walk and for the photos supplied.
BIRD LIST FROM THE WALK
|Lesser Swamp Warbler|
|Southern Red Bishop|
|Southern Black Flycatcher|
|African Dusky Flycatcher|
|African Fish Eagle|
|African Paradise Flycatcher|