Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Driving the Cape

Quite a bit of wildlife can be seen just driving around near the Cape. After visiting Paarl, I dropped back to the hotel to whisk one of my colleagues away to the African Penguin colony at Betty’s Bay. Many have been mentioned elsewhere in the trip description, but the some of the ones that get filed under "Cape Town, general and en-route to or from somewhere" are mentioned here.

On the way we saw the spouts from a couple of Southern Right Whales which approach the coast very closely during the astral winter and a Cape Rock Thrush.

On the return from Grootvadersbosch, a Bokmakerie delayed me for a few minutes. Despite being late already it was hard to resist this gorgeous shrike.

Various other birds seen en-route including Hamerkop, African Marsh Harrier and African Olive Pigeon, helped to bring my total for the trip to 76. Not a great score for 3 days of birding, but 4 lifers were found which makes for a very happy Redgannet.

Kelp Gulls

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