25 September 2009

Darling Wildflower (& Bishops) Route...(Western Cape, South Africa): September 25, 2009

Back out on the Western Cape today covering some of the same birding, bloomin' and wildlife sites from yesterday (Koeberg Nature Reserve, come Nuclear Power Station, West Coast National Park, Darling Wildflower Route), in addition to a couple of new ones: and YzerfonteinVelddrif. Some of the same from yesterday, (Cape Penduline Tits at Koeberg, Southern Black Korhaans at Darling-this time in impressive display flights, perched up Karoo Lark at West Coast NP-not a regular occurrence!, Cloud Cisticolas strangely up in the clouds along the Darling route), as well as a few different birds, and most notably, animals.

The Darling Wildflower Route was of course alive with flowers and vibrant blooms at this time (see photos), and again the reedbeds were a living construction site as they were once more loaded with Cape Weavers bustling around their newly built nests, and fiery red glows emanating from the rushes proved to be a number of male Red Bishops pumped up and ready to breed (see photo).

The different birds came in the form of
Chestnut-banded Plover "slacking" on the edge of a harsh, dry salt pan in Velddrif, and a bold Spotted Eagle-Owl perched brazenly, and I might say a little menacingly, in the daylight also near Velddrif, and two Cape Clapper Larks in regular display flights near Koeberg.

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