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

Black oystercatcher

African pelican

African white ibis

Black-headed heron

Black-necked grebe

Blacksmith plover

Black-winged stilt

Bokmakierie (a pity I couldn't get closer to this wonderful bird)

Bully canary

Cape batis

Cape bunting

Cape canary

Cape francolin

Cape robin-chat

Cape shoveller

Cape sparrow

Cape teal

Cape wagtail

Cape weaver

Cape white eye

Cattle egret

Common fiscal

Common waxbill

Glossy ibis

Great flamingo

Hadeda ibis

hartlaub's gulls

Karoo prinia

Karoo scrub-robin

Kelp gull

Layard's tit-babbler

Lesser swamp-warbler

Levaillant's cisticola

Little grebe

Little rush-warbler

Malachite sunbird

Mountain wheatear

Olive thrush

Orange-breasted sunbird

Pied kingfisher

Purple gallinule (African purple swamphen)

Purple heron (wary)

Red-billed teal

Red-knobbed coot

Red-winged starlings

Southern boubou

Southern double-collared sunbird

Southern masked weaver

Southern pochard (female)

Southern red bishop

Spotted eagle owl

Spotted thick-knee

Three-banded plover

White-backed duck

White-breasted cormorant

Yellow-billed duck

Yellow canary

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