SWART RIVIER ROAD BIRDING AT PRESENT

Hermanus Bird Club

After a few days of real Cape winter weather, cold and plenty of rain, on Wednesday Sheelagh and I decided to do some birding along the Swart Rivier Road; and very interesting it proved to be. Talk about water, water everywhere! In 20 years of birding in that area, we have never seen so much water lying around, which changed the whole character of the place. The little bridge across the stream, half way along the road was totally submerged – see photo. We could probably have continued in our 4×4 but decided to turn around and  rather explore some of the side roads, and the views  from these roads of the snow capped mountains in the distance were quite something. So the birding part of the drive became secondary to the environmental aspects. We did see a nice sprinkling of bush birds, but surprisingly , with all that water around…

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