Birding trip report
Western South Africa & Namibia 23 Oct. - 15 Nov. 2003
John van der Woude, www.jvanderw.nl - report
Photos part 1. Western South-Africa
|False Bay near Cape Town. African Penguin colony at
|Same. Also good for gulls and cormorants, and some
nice passerines (like Cape Robin-Chat) along the trail
down to the colony.
|Back side of Harold Porter Botanical garden. Fynbos
vegetation, and some afromontane forest in gorge. In HPBG
we had our only Swee Waxbill.
|Rooi Els track for Cape Rockjumper in fynbos
vegetation. We also had our only Ground Woodpecker here.
Rooi Els is on the East side of False Bay.
|Ocean surf and low dunes at South end of Kommetjie.
Many Cape Gannet and several White-chinned Petrel, and
scrub birds in the dunes.
|Puff Adder road kill (by trafic, not by Nollie's boot...)
on road to Olifantsbos in Cape of Good Hope national park.
Five minutes later we also had a life one crossing the
|Fynbos vegetation along Olifantsroad in Cape of Good
Hope national park. Birds are scarce here, but the
vegetation is very nice.
|Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Not many flowers left
now, and (hence?) less sunbirds than we had expected.
Cape Siskin in upper part of the park.
|Southern Black Korhaan at start of Darling road loop.
Blue Crane a bit further on.
|Tinie Versveld grassland reserve. Cloud Cisticola at
this spot with somewhat higher grasses.
|Strandveld vegetation in West Coast National Park. At
c. 200 m low dunes bordering the lagoon. Black Harrier (one
of our absolute wish-list species), Grey-winged Francolin.
|Path to hide at South end of lagoon in West Coast NP.
Cape Reed Warbler and Levaillant's Cisticola in reeds.
About 15 Marsh Sandpiper from hide.
|West Coast NP, at South end (Geelbek) of lagoon.
Several small plovers, and a nice lunch in the restaurant
in the typical old farm house.
|Cape Francolin at Geelbek restaurant of West Coast NP
|Bank Cormorant stake-out of IJzerfontein town South
of West Coast NP. The other three marine cormorants were
|Kransvlei Poort near Clanwilliam, rocky fynbos with
Protea Canary and Cape Rock-Thrush.
|Looking back on the Kners plain from near
Nieuwoudtville, on our way into Bushmanland. This plain
holds "stone plants" (pebble-size succulents)
but we forgot to search for them.
|Aloe trees near Kennhardt in Bushmanland.
|Scaly Weaver nests near Kennhardt (same spot as photo
|Open Karoo vegetation in Bushmanland, a few km West
of Pofadder. Sclater's Lark, Karoo Long-billed Lark,
|Red sand dunes South of Aggeneys (West of Pofadder).
Red Lark (the really red one)! Scale: the clumps of
vegetation are just less than knee-high.
|Goegap National Park in Namaqualand, near Springbok.
A great area with numerous Capped Wheatear, and we were
lucky with a flying Ludwig's Bustard very nearby.
|Goegap NP. On the grassy slopes were mixed groups of Oryx (Gemsbok), Springbok and Ostrich.|