Wednesday 3 September 2008
Cape Town birds
We visited Cape Town 29th July to 14th August. It was a family visit but I managed to get a fair bit of birding done. It was my first taste of Southern African birding and I was very impressed. The Cape Town area is very accessible, full of wildlife and great fun!
There are several good birdguides available for Southern Africa but I plumped for the SASOL Birds of Southern Africa (Sinclair, Hockey, Tarboton. Struik Publishers). I browsed a couple of the others in bookshops and they have their virtues but I'm happy with the SASOL.
I'll add more birds and some annotation as soon as I can.
Note: birds are listed alphabetically
African dusky flycatcher
African white ibis
Bokmakierie (a pity I couldn't get closer to this wonderful bird)
Cape white eye
Purple gallinule (African purple swamphen)
Purple heron (wary)
Southern double-collared sunbird
Southern masked weaver
Southern pochard (female)
Southern red bishop
Spotted eagle owl
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