Birding on The Island – Sedgefield, Garden Route, South Africa

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Keep those ‘bins’ close at hand at all times! With over 80 different, easily seen birds on your doorstep, The Island is a bird watcher’s idea of heaven.

The river is host to grey heron, black-winged stilt, little egret, pied kingfisher as well as the odd visiting Caspian tern, osprey, spoonbill and greater flamingo. River food is appealing to reed and white-breasted cormorant, red-knobbed coot and little grebe. A real treat is offered when African fish eagles are buzzed by kelp gulls intent on protecting their chicks or stealing a recent catch! But be quick – listen for that that special call.

Out-and-about on The Island, you will be rewarded with sightings of African hoopoe, Brimstone canary, Cape sugar bird and the shy Burchell’s coucal whose melodious call often heralds much welcomed rain. Sunbirds are plentiful (amethyst, malachite and both double collared) and Cape white-eye can be heard chattering in…

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