22 June 2023
On a cold June afternoon, we gathered at the Durban Botanical Gardens for an afternoon sit-in. Having found a spot that gave us a good view of the lake, and some sun to keep us warm, we settled in for an afternoon of birding.
The lake and surrounds were as usual, a hive of activity. The ubiquitous Egyptian Geese were present in numbers, Common Moorhen dabbled around the edge of the lake while Malachite Kingfisher darted across the lake. A Pied Kingfisher was happy to sit on a pole and gaze at the water with intent.
African Spoonbill wandered on the lawns and in the heronry in the trees surrounding the lake the young competed for space on the nest.
Pink-backed Pelicans, Black-headed Heron and a lone Sacred Ibis sat in the surrounding vegetation.
The walkers were rewarded with great views of Palmnut Vulture, Black-collared Barbet, Bronze Mannikin and Speckled Mousebird.
A very good sighting was obtained of an obliging Lesser Honeyguide.
Some other birds seen and photographed.
A great way to spend a cold afternoon.
Sit in hosted by Jenny Norman, report written by Jane Morris