22 Jun 2009

Rooeils & Overberg Grasslands.

Rooeils is one of the main sites in the Cape area for Cape Rockjumper! A stunning looking bird and one on my list of 'must see' whilst in S Africa. It didn't disappoint. We were lucky enough to find a family party of 3- 4 birds near the entrance to the track where we parked the car.

This was the only site we also managed to connect with Cape Rock Thrush - a singing male and a much drabber female. Unfortunately we the local Black Eagles weren't playing ball but we caught up with them on the way to the Overberg grasslands.

We wanted to visit the Overberg area to catch up with a few more endemics during our short stay. One of the target birds was Agulhas Lark and we were fortunate to see a single bird. Other good birds in this area included Blue Crane, Thick-billed Lark, Pearl-breasted & Saw-wing Swallow, Red-capped Lark, Karoo Korhaan, Crowned Plover and the first of many Jackal Buzards, Yellow Bishops & Southern Chanting Goshawk.

Another long day but well worth the miles travelled. We were back in our favourite bar in time for Steak, Egg & Chips washed down with a few pints of Guinness before 20.00.

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