Birding on the West Coast

Hermanus Bird Club

Helen and I have just returned after spending a week staying in a cottage at Dwarskersbos. The small coastal villageis twelve km north of the Berg River mouth and is ideally situated for birding on that section of the coast.

The salt marshes upstream of Velddrif were alive with migrant waders on their annual feeding spree during our summer – also plenty of resident species as well. There were literally thousands of flamingos –  both Greater and Lesser as well as hundreds of Black-necked Grebes.

Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Common Greenshanks aplenty. Also a solitary hungry Pelican hopefully patrolling in front of the Bokkom fishery further upstream.

Of interest is the boardwalk and picnic area at Velddrifwhich has finally been repaired.

We spent one day in the hides at Geelbek on the Langebaan Lagoon. One has to time the tides well to ensurethat the little waders move close to you.

Between the Berg…

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