Hermanus Bird Club

Our first outing for 2022, and what a treat!

Ten birders left Fernkloof just after 7:30 and drove to Stanford for a stroll along the Klein River. We were entertained by three beautiful African Hoopoes, a Giant Kingfisher and a small squadron of Pied Kingfishers. Thereafter we stopped at Appel se Dam and, despite Ronnie’s misgivings, did see a couple of water birds: Yellow-billed and White-faced Ducks, as well as a Purple Swamphen spotted by bright-eyed Renée.

Then off to Danger Point. Our highlights along the rocky coast included Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones, White-fronted Plover, Swift, Sandwich and Common Terns. But the best sight of all was an undulating banner of thousands of Cape Cormorants flying over the sea (perhaps from Dyer Island?) towards the Point. We had our coffee and rusks and shortbread while watching this incredible visual.

At the Uilenkraalsmond bridge we spotted a Little Egret and a Grey…

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