Sharing some sightings at Strandfontein

Hermanus Bird Club

Story Anne Philip      Images Jill Eckstein

I thought I would share with members of the Hermanus Bird Club some photographs Jill Eckstein took when she, her husband, Paul, and I – all Club members- went birding at Strandfontein last weekend.

birding-034_edited-3 Swift Terns (Geelbek-sterretjies)

We passed the picnic sites in Strandfontein where those of us who had been on the HBC outing last month had found the rare Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin (Rooistert-wipstert).

As there was not a car or another person in sight, we drove on to the conservation area.

It wasn’t long before we had notched up a fair list of birds, including the Swift Tern (Geelbek-sterretjie) in flocks on the sandy shores in a relatively sheltered area.

birding-046_edited-1 Grey Heron (Bloureier)

That is where Jill took the picture of them taking off in a mass flight into the blue. What a tremendous sight it was.  The pic almost looks like a water-colour painting.

We watched the Grey Heron (Bloureier) stalking along the shoreline…

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