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Home News & Events Trip Reports WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT BIRDING TOUR 12th to 21st January 2011

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT BIRDING TOUR 12th to 21st January 2011

 

TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

 

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Cape, Western Cape then MSC Melody with Ian Sinclair to Walvisbay and back to Capetown. Then back to Pretoria via Brandvlei. We travelled in one vehicle, and our group of 4 were: Andre Stapelberg, Lesley Ryan, Ria Mynhardt and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Northern Cape we took a detour and travelled to a overflowing Gariep dam, birding en route. We saw lots of Lesser Kestrells flying to roost at Colesberg where we overnight.

Day 2

Early morning departure for Cape Receive. Blue Khorhaan en route. We had Roseate-, Swift-, Sandwich-, Common Terns & Black Oystercatchers at the roost at Cape Receive.

Day 3

We departed early for Knysna. En route we had Denham’s Bustard. Black- and Yellow-billed Kites. At Ebb & Flow where we overnight, we saw Knysna Turaco, Karoo Prinia, Alpine Swift & Sombre Bulbul.

Day 4

We departed early for Capetown. Near Caledon we had Agulhas Longbill Lark, Largebill Lark & Blue Cranes with young.

Birding at Boulders we saw African Penguin and at Rooi-els ; Cape Rockjumper, Cape Rockthrush, Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird.

Day 5

We departed for Robin Island where we spent two hours with the local parks & marine biologist . We had Chukar Partridge, Peafowl, Black Oystercatchers nesting and with young, Common Starlings, Swift Tern Roost, Cape Gull Breading Colony, African Penguin, Cape-, Crowned-, Bank Cormorant, Rock Kestrell and Common Buzzard. Later We Visit Tokaai were we had Chaffinch & Cape Siskin.We overnight at Kommetjie and saw Chaffinch in Camp.

Day 6-10

We travelled to Cape point where we saw the Hottentot Buttonquail, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird , Orange-breasted Sunbird.

Then we were off to Capetown harbour where we embark on the MSC Melody for a Birding Cruise led by Ian Sinclair. The next four days pass to quick. We had great views of birds in good numbers and information given generously by our host Ian. We shared a great time on deck with lots of fun and laughter.

Day 11

Mid morning departure for Clanwiliam. Birding en route at Westcoast National Park where we have seen Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Cape Penduline Tit, Cape Bulbul, Greyback Cisticola & Cape Spurfowl. Overnight at Clanwilliam.

Day 12

We departed early for Van Wyksvlei. At Clanwilliam we had Protea Seedeater. Then at Botterkloof Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Layards Titbabler, Then near Brandvlei Black-eared -, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Tracktrack Chat, Karoo Chat, Karoo-, Red-, Spikeheeled lark, Karoo Longbill Lark, Karoo Korhaan,Namaqua Sandgrouse& Southern Shellduck. Had heavy rain (30mm) a very wet Karoo.We overnight at Van Wyksvlei

Day 13

We departed early for Pretoria; very wet dirt roads. Near Kimberley Western Redfooted Kestrell with Lesser kestrell & Amur Falcon.

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, XAI-XAI, PANDA & PONTO DA BARRA. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR 7 days 16th FEBRUARY 2011

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:06 )  


Newsflash

Text and photographs by Dan Nuttall 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding February 1998 Vol.3, No.1)

A first sighting is a rare pleasure, something that lingers in the minds of most birders. Today is no exception. What makes this particular sighting so indelible is my awareness that very few people have seen this species. But here, literally in hand, are 12 Olive-headed Weavers - an intriguing and rarely seen species. Courtesy of Robert Prys-Jones, I am sitting amidst the vast avifaunal collection of the Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, England. The collection forms a part of the larger faunal collection of the British Natural History Museum.