28 - 29 November 2009    
West Coast    

I was due to give a presentation to the West Coast Bird Club on Sunday, so Margaret and I decided to head up on Saturday already to do some birding and photography in the area basing ourselves at the Dolphin Guesthouse in Brittania Bay on Saturday night. First stop was an oyster farm just north of Paternoster where we spent quite a bit of time working through the waders there, but could not turn up anything particularly exciting. Then we took a slow drive through the farmlands towards Stompneusbaai. We were also atlassing the various pentads that we were working through, so in some small way, actually doing something useful. Most of the usual birds were seen along this route and we also managed to find a single Lark-like Bunting, a bird that seems to be just about everywhere on the west coast at the moment. Finally arriving in Brittania Bay, we booked in and spent the late afternoon birding the coastal area again only picking up the regular species.

Sunday was pretty much taken up with activities for the bird club, so I didn't even get to click the shutter once although we did manage to squeeze in atlassing one pentad in gale force winds which was not terribly easy!

Yellow-billed Kite Little Stint Chestnut-banded Plover
Ruff Spotted Thick-knee African Pipit
male Southern Red Bishop Namaqua Dove Red-capped Lark
White-throated Canary Yellow Canary Anteating Chat
Sickle-winged Chat Steppe Buzzard Rock Kestrel
male Malachite Sunbird Karoo Scrub Robin Crowned Cormorant


Full list of species recorded on the weekend
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name Additional notes
Birds - 106 species    
Common Ostrich Struthio camelus  
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis  
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris  
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca  
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana  
Cape Teal Anas capensis  
Acacia Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas  
African Hoopoe Upupa africana  
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster  
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius  
Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus  
Diderick Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius  
Little Swift Apus affinis  
Rock Dove Columba livia  
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea  
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis  
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola  
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata  
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis  
Southern Black Korhaan Eupodotis afra  
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus  
Common Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus  
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia  
Little Stint Calidris minuta  
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea  
Ruff Philomachus pugnax  
Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis  
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini  
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta  
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula  
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius  
Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris  
Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus  
White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus  
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus  
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus  
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus  
Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus  
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii  
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia  
Swift Tern Sterna bergii  
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis  
Common Tern Sterna hirundo  
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus  
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus [migrans] migrans  
African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer  
Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus  
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus  
Booted Eagle Aquila pennatus  
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis  
Cape Gannet Morus capensis  
Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus  
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus  
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis  
Little Egret Egretta garzetta  
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea  
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala  
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis  
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber  
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash  
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus  
African Spoonbill Platalea alba  
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus  
Pied Crow Corvus albus  
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis  
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris  
Grey Tit Parus afer  
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola  
Banded Martin Riparia cincta  
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica  
White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis  
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata  
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata  
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula  
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis  
Long-billed Crombec Sylvietta rufescens  
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis  
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla  
Cloud Cisticola Cisticola textrix  
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa  
Grey-backed Sparrowlark Eremopterix verticalis  
Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea  
Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris  
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra  
Karoo Scrub Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus  
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata  
Sickle-winged Chat Cercomela sinuata  
Anteating Chat Myrmecocichla formicivora  
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor  
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris  
Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa  
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus  
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis  
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix  
Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis  
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild  
House Sparrow Passer domesticus  
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus  
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis  
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis  
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus  
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis  
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris  
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis  
Lark-like Bunting Emberiza impetuani  
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis  
Mammals - 2 species    
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris  
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus  
Reptiles - 2 species    
Mole Snake Pseudaspis cana  
Karoo Girdled Lizard Cordylus polyzonus