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.
Undeterred by the blazing sun we set out on the gravel road at Rooiels with sturdy hats, copious amounts of sunscreen and icy water bottles. Thirty birders joined Anton on this walk – you certainly can’t fault birders for enthusiasm!
Rietvlei Nature Reserve, near Pretoria, has a good number of larger game including rhino and buffalo. But the grassland birding is also very good.
Graeme was recently in the Eastern Cape near the small village of Haga-Haga. There are many birds that are common to both the Overberg and the Eastern Cape. But a number of grassland and bushveld birds make a trip always worthwhile.
The two Johans (Olivier and van der Westhuizen), Gary Baumgarten and I spent a few hours enjoyable birding at Rooisand yesterday afternoon.
Graeme and Charles recently went out on a short pelagic trip from Hermanus.
The northern hemisphere summer months are also a great time to be in Iceland for birding. In summer there are great numbers of migrants in the country to breed, some of these species are also seen in South African during our summer.
Members of BirdLife Overberg, the Hermanus and Stanford bird clubs and other friends and associates enjoyed a fun-filled day traversing many parts of the Overberg region. We reached the target set before the event by recording 252 species on the day.