Good birding on the Garden Route

Good birding on the Garden Route.

Sanderling Birding Garden Route Goukamma
Sanderling Birding Garden Route

In October of 2020, my good friend, Rihann Geyser visited me for a week in Sedgefield, on the Garden Route of the Western Cape.
October is still in the middle of the summer and an excellent time for birding in our area.

Weather was excellent and very accommodating. We explored may routes and were fortunate to see lots of birds.

At Goukamma we recorded species like Whimbrel, Caspian Tern, Swift Tern, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern and Sanderling. The usual Kelp Gull and African Oystercatchers were common and it was great to spend time with Rihann at this very special place on the coast.

A trip to Platbank delivered Woodpeckers, Canaries as well as White-fronted Plovers etc.

Earlier the morning down the road towards the Karatara river a beautiful Spotted-Eagle Owl made its last turns on the vlei-land before the light swallowed the last dark shadows.

We spent some good hours at my house where we observed many species from the deck.Terrestrial Brownbul, Cape Batis, Olive Woodpecker, Fork-tailed Drongo, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Cape White-eye, Paradise Flycatcher and Black-headed Oriole were some of the species we could enjoy watching all the time.

Resident Black-headed Orioles were breeding and had a feast with the abundant insects and fruit in the area. The liquid piping and bubbling notes of these birds always entertaining. They are also brilliant when it comes to mimicking species like drongos, Brown-hooded Kingfishers, sunbirds and starlings.

The resident pair of Black-headed Orioles, successfully produced at least 2 fledglings for 3 years in the row, in the same tree, basically on the deck of our house.

They love the closed-canopy of the Milkwood trees where they can find abundant food for their chicks.

A short trip to the lakes, and roads through farmland, resulted in sightings of Water-thick-knee, Black-winged Lapwings, Burchell’s Coucal and Cape Weavers.

Coming back via Rondevlei we saw African Marsh Harrier flying low over the reed beds, Malachite Kingfisher, Speckled Pigeon and Yellow-billed Duck

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Birding in South Africa.  Birding on the Garden Route

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