Bird Spotting

Sunday 7 June 2009

Kevin Winter our Chair writes:-

We had an excellent afternoon visiting the bird hide overlooking the Raapenberg Sanctuary. Brilliant to see the water level and that our efforts (James and Maintenance Team!) were working so well. The pathway that was cut through the reeds gave an excellent sighting across the water. I am attaching the list of our bird count. I haven’t seen James’ list yet (he was posted to the River club hide), hope he can capture it in a similar way.

It would good to get these lists on the website I would suggest we make this an annual event, and count and record the results for future. Who knows how this informal gathering of data might be useful someday. Did anyone take any digital photo? If so, lets get that on the website too.

I think we had nearly 50 visitors and Friends. The interest level is increasing – thanks to good advertising and I guess the weather played a role to.

Bird Count: 7 June 2007 Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary (viewed from Observatory bird hide – 16:15 to 16:45). Calm, sunny afternoon following 6 days of rain. Wetland water level full.

Count totals (from 5 observers accounts)

African black duck 7
African spoonbill 1
Black headed heron 2
Blacksmith plover 5
Cape Cormorant 14
Cape reed warbler 1
Cape Shoveller 7
Cattle egret 10
Darter 4
Egyptian goose 9
Kelp gull 1
Lavailliant’s cisticola 1
Malachite kingfisher 1
Mallard duck 2
Moorhen 1
Pied kingfisher 1
Red billed teal 1
Red knobbed coot 3
Reed cormorant 8
Sacred Ibis 8
Yellow billed duck 12

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I am the Vice-Chairman of The Friends of the Liesbeek
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