Peninsula birding highlights

Cape Peninsula highlights from one day’s birding

On 7 October 2019, Dave and I visitedĀ Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Strandfontein Birding Area, and Intaka Island. We saw many of the usual birds but there was one clear winner in the category of special bird at each site.

Lemon (Cinnamon) Doves are common in the forests at Kirstenbosch, but usually they walk off into the undergrowth when spotted. This individual provided perfect, unobstructed views.

Lemon Dove
Lemon Dove

 

At Strandfontein Birding Area we found this Bar-tailed Godwit at pan P2. The slightly upturned bill and barring on the upper tail are clearly visible. This migrant bird is near threatened globally.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

 

At Intaka, we saw Pied Kingfishers as well as this female Giant Kingfisher (the male has a rufous chest) at the hide looking towards the martin breeding wall. The Giant Kingfisher has a SABAP2 reporting rate of 8% in this grid.

Giant Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
Dieter
Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.