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13 february 2011 - soetwater / kirstenbosch botanical gardens

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We were up early this morning and drove through to Soetwater to see if we could find the Yellow Wagtail that had been hanging around there recently. We found the bird almost instantly and, although it was fairly overcast at the time, we were still able to get a few record shots of the bird, another good one for the challenge. The bird has had a pattern over the last few weeks of spending some time down on the beach and then disappearing off into the dunes for 10-15 minutes before suddenly reappearing on the beach again, so it was good that it showed itself as soon as we got there and that we didn't have to wait too long for it...

 
male Yellow Wagtail
 

At about 08h00, we left Soetwater and then made our way over the mountain to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where we would be meeting the rest of the family at 10h00 for a brunch at the restaurant there. We had a little bit of time to walk around the gardens, but didn't really get to find anything too unexpected. There were lots of sunbirds and sugarbirds all being extremely active which made getting photos of them quite difficult and it was also good to get a slightly improved photo of Forest Canary for the challenge. Eventually, it was time to head down to the restaurant to meet the rest of the family and, after a long leisurely brunch, we eventually headed off back home to go and relax.

 
male Forest Canary
 
juvenile Cape Canary
 
Eastern Grey Squirrel
 
male Orange-breasted Sunbird
 
Full list of species recorded for the morning
   
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
   
Common Name Scientific Name
   
Birds - 46 species  
   
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Rock Dove Columba livia
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
African Olive Pigeon Columba arquatrix
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Swift Tern Sterna bergii
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro
Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus
Forest Buzzard Buteo trizonatus
Booted Eagle Aquila pennatus
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Pied Crow Corvus albus
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Sombre Greenbul Andropadus importunus
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus
African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis
Forest Canary Serinus scotops
Brimstone Canary Serinus sulphuratus
   
   
Mammals - 1 species  
   
Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis