Besides the cold, and being only one coffee in, I was questioning of my decision to come this far to be birding in mist so thick I could barely see the road. The gravel road from Stormsvlei to Protem is one I had not explored before.
There can’t be too many places that have Namaqua Warbler as a garden bird. Botuin, in Vanrhynsdorp, is one of those places.
Graeme Hatley and Richard Masson had the opportunity to travel down the Klein River on the Lady Stanford. The highlight of the trip was a good sighting of an Overberg rarity, an African Jacana.
Members of BirdLife Overberg, collaborators and friends have been recording species in the Overberg region since the start of the pandemic on a regular monthly basis.
The contents of the ‘Flight for Birders’, ‘Flight Higher’ and ‘The Secret Life of Raptors’ courses by Dr Anton Odendal have been adapted for shorter courses.
Graeme headed out to Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. The day started with some slow, gravel-road birding. It was good from the outset. The downside of such amazing birding is that one gets to one’s destination late!
A group of 10 birders left for Stanford and explored the Wortelgat Road, as well as parts of the Papiesvlei Road. Despite the inclement weather, we had a very productive outing with 66 bird species spotted and everybody agreed it was time well spent.
Carin and I arrived early in the afternoon to a scorching Rooisand. Using my scope, I scanned into the distance for waders and only saw heat-hazed white blobs.
With of over 70 species recorded during the day, a good outing was had by club members.