Saturday 7th April 2018: Durban Botanic Gardens

BirdLife Port Natal

A perfect morning for birding, about fifteen birders gathered in the car park. We were a little early as the gates only opened at 7:30.

In the car park we came across a number of birds: Common, Red-winged and Cape Glossy Starling, Speckled Mousebird, and both Red-eyed and Laughing Doves. Close up views of Cape White-eye and Bronze Mannikin frolicking in the pond at the entrance, and of course, Hadeda Ibis, and the much aligned Myna.

Once inside we were loudly greeted by numerous Egyptian Geese and the call of Spectacled Weaver, which was the most prevalent of the Weavers in the garden and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird. Other Weavers seen were Thick-billed and Village. Palm swifts were flying in and out of the large palm trees.

At the lake a vocal Hamerkop landed in spectacular fashion, while Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Grey and Black-headed Herons were roosting in the tree above the…

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