New additions to my Garden List

Latest Addition.

The latest addition to my Garden List was a pair of White rumped Swifts flying over the southern portion of the wetland area.

Other exciting sightings was a group of about 20 to 30 Lesser Flamingo’s in the Zandvlei dam. Also had quite a couple Terns flying over. Need to take my binoc’s and do a good study of the terns to determine which kind they are.



I saw yesterday that a lot of pepole had come back to my blog in anticipation of a new post. Sorry to dissapoint everyone but my net access was down most probably due to the fact that we are having terrible winds here in Cape Town, especially on the Beautiful False Bay coast.

Getting back to my beautiful surroundings the birds are really enjoying utilising the feeder. I see the birds are having problems flying about being thrown from pillar to post in the strong winds. The waxbills prefer crawling around on the floor.
One group of about 5, I noticed bunching up together but they were being thrown about on the tip of the restio stalk they were occupying. Later they decided to huddle together under a restio bush.

The poor weavers nests are also being flung about wildly as the reeds sway madly in the wind. Its a wonder the eggs dont get thrown out of the nest. Suppose the architecture of these nests is such that the eggs and chicks are safe in high winds.

Anyway hope everyone enjoys their birding.
Happy twitching for those going to chase the Bataleur Eagle at De Hoop.
Wolfgang Rohloff.

Latest Addition to feeder list.


Me again with another addition to my feeder list. Had a Fiscal Shrike land on my Varanda today and come partake from the feeder. I thought it unusual for this bird to take seeds but after consulting Roberts Bible I see they do take seeds as well as food scraps bread and dog pellets.

Another sighting I have made is a couple of Black-winged Stilts in a pool on the northern end of Zandspruit near Lakeside station.

Happy Birding

Latest Observations

Today new observations.

On ariving home from work today I went to observe my birdy friends. The female Cape Weavers are really going wild carrying food to their nests making it a definate that there are going to be plenty of Weaver juveniles this summer. This wetland behind our complex is positively teeming with birdlife, and I am sure they really appreciate the plentyful supply of food my birdfeeder is providing.

A strange behaviour I noticed too is that the Common waxbills creep aeound on the ground under the restios and other fynbos bushes growing in our gardens. They seem to sense me watching and scurry between bushes. Just a pity I don’t have a camera to record all this activity. Hope to have that rectified soon.

Happy birding and Chow once again.
Wolfgang Rohloff
Muizenberg, CT.

Records set to tumble

Hey people thanx to you my daily record of 174 hits will soon be brocken. Also I am nearing 2000 hits and that in just seven months and I do not blog too often either. Glad you like my blog aa I am sure quite a few have returned. A big thank you to you my loyal readers.

Cheers and enjoy your Birding.

Today 15 November 2012 I have again broken 2 records thanx to my loyal Followers. I already have had 438 hits on my latest post and that has pushed my Total hits past 3150. Great stuff one and all.

Greetings from Cape Town.

A question of dominance.

Seems like Bird-feeder was a Hit.

I notice that the bird-feeder I have installed has become a hit with a miriade of birds. Today I see the birds are jostling for dominance. From the Large Rock Pigeons with their red eyes and white specled sides to the medium Cape Turtle doves and smaller Laughing doves. Next are the European or Common Starlings and Red-winged Starlings. Then in line are the Largish Southern Masked Weaver( as pointed out to me by Mike Buckham, Sorry Mike my BAD), the smaller Female masked-weavers and equal sized 0ale Cape Weavers and the smallish Female Cape weavers. Last to utilise the feeder are the Immature and Juvenile Weavers and even the Common Waxbills.

Seems like the 4 nests in the reeds are in full operation as the Female weavers are frequenting the feeder at such a rate that I need to fill it nearly every day. Seems like these birds are glad we moved here. Now they are getting a good supply of food on their doorstep.

How about the bird-clubs in the area coming to do some ringing here. Just a thought.

Bad news.

No More Pics

Sorry folks I won’t be able to take pics of my favorite Birdy friends for awhile as my Camera and a couple other things got feet and vanished from my flat on Monday. My laptop also dissapeared with all my Birding, photography and Bonsai Info I had been collecting the last 4-5 years.

On a brighter note the Bird-feeder I installed rescently is being populated quite vigorously the last couple days. Weavres Waxbills and pigeons are here continuously.

Also today on the way to work I saw a pair of Pied Kingfishers hawking fish in Zandsppruit Lagoon at Lakeside station.

Enjoy your birding till we meet again

Great Birding at my New Premises.

Great birding at my New House.

Have attempted before but unsuccesfully tried to blog the delightful new premises I now occupy overlooks a mini wetland. Have resident breeding Southern Masked Weavers. In the two weeks I have been here I noticed two new nests going up so there are now four neatly woven nest about 20 meters from my lounge window.

Last weekend I went and bought myself a bird feeder which I put up. In the week the feeder has been up it has already attracted Laughing doves, red-eyed doves and a couple masked weavers. Another visitor I got today landing on my varandah was a yellow billed egret.

Another interesting sighting was a Pied Crow being harassed by a couple red winged and european starlings. All in all a great birding garden with lots of indigenous plants shrubs and trees. Glad to have moved here from the drab flat I had in Diep River.

Mega Birding: Black Skimmer

A BlackSkimmer was found at Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Table View, Cape Town on thursday 4October2012. The first time this species has been seen in South Africa. It is supposedly a North American nominate, white tail and largely white underparts. the only other Sighting was in Namibia.

Latest News has it that the bird vanished on the Friday evening and was never seen again. Another Black Skimmer was located in Walvis Bay in Namibia on the Sunday evening where it stayed for about four days before disappearing again. Could this have been the same bird? Many fundies reacon it was…….will we ever know the truth.