Birdwatching Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.
I enjoyed the morning’s birding with my four clients, two couples from the UK. I met with them at their accommodation, the Moontide Guest House (On the banks of the Wilderness lagoon, two minutes walk from the beach, award-winning Moontide Guest Lodge has been heralded “the most romantic retreat in the Garden Route” as well as “best value Garden Route accommodation”. Eight individually styled cottages and rooms, each with private entrance and outdoor seating area. A birder’s paradise, shaded by 400-year-old milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon. Luxurious. Tranquil. A real escape.)
From the lodge, we drove along the lakes and the Serpentine River towards Rondevlei and Sedgefield. Then early afternoon via Wilderness to the Woodville indigenous forest and back to Wilderness.
We recorded 58 species in 5 pentads but most of them in the pentad 3400_2245 (Sedgefield) and pentad 3355_2240 (Wilderness). These recordings will be submitted to the South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) of which I am a member.
Species recorded, included birds such as White Stork, Green Wood Hoopoe, Terrestrial Brownbul, Black-headed Oriole, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, African Spoonbill, Knysna Turaco, Black-winged Stilt, Olive Bushshrike, Greater Flamingo, White-rumped Swift, European Honey Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard, African Fish Eagle, Great Crested Grebe and much more.
We visited different habitats like Indigenous forest, lakes, vleiland with reed beds, riverine bush, farmland, etc.
The weather was excellent for birding and we had a great morning.