Our group today. Kirstenbosch Photograph by Cheryl Faull
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Kirstenbosch Bird Walk 08 December 2015 by Cheryl Faull

We did a late afternoon walk. The weather was warm to start with and then got a bit cooler as sun first went behind the clouds and then the mountain.

Unfortunately, the walk started a bit later than planned due to me getting stuck in traffic. The first half an hour or so was quiet birding wise as we walked through the enchanted forest looking for lemon doves, which decided to remain hidden.

We then made our way up to the Proteas where we found several Cape Sugarbirds who were very obliging. We also saw a few raptors, a couple of which we found challenging to positively identify – one or two had to, much to my frustration, remain as UFOs!

A pleasant surprise was a very large tortoise who made an appearance.

All in all it was a good walk with a total of 25 species recorded. Bird list is below in no particular order.

Cheryl Faull.

Bird list:

  1. Hadeda Ibis
  2. White Necked Raven
  3. Bar Throated Apalis – heard
  4. Rock Kestrel
  5. Sombre Greenbul – heard
  6. Karoo Prinia
  7. Cape Bulbul
  8. Southern Double Collard Sunbird
  9. Cape Canary
  10. Red Winged Starling
  11. Yellow Billed Kite
  12. Swee Waxbill
  13. Chaffinch – heard
  14. Egyptian Goose
  15. Malachite Sunbird
  16. Cape Spurfowl
  17. Helmeted Guineafowl
  18. Cape Sugarbird
  19. Common Waxbill
  20. Olive Thrush
  21. Cape Robin Chat
  22. Jackal Buzzard
  23. Dusky Flycatcher
  24. Black Sawwing
  25. Cape White Eye

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