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18-21 march 2011 - elim

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We spent a family weekend together with Margaret's family on a farm just 3km outside of the small village of Elim basing ourselves at the Zoetendal Wine Estate in a self catering guest house there called "Draaihoek". It is situated along the banks of the Nuwejaars River and offered nice views across the river and the surrounding farmlands. As per usual, we did take a few opportunities over the weekend to break away from the family gathering and get out to do some birding and photography. Although it wasn't a hardcore birding or wildlife weekend, we were still pretty satisfied to get to Western Cape rarities on the weekend, African Pied Wagtail and European Roller, the former bird being a fantastic addition to our challenge list. Other very tough to get challenge birds which we managed to connect with on the weekend included Black Stork and African Quailfinch, so all in all, it was not too bad considering it was a family getaway!

female Denham's Bustard
Cape Bulbul
Levaillant's Cisticola
male Orange-breasted Sunbird
African Pied Wagtail
European Roller
Southern African Pygmy Mouse
Full list of species recorded on the weekend
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 84 species  
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
African Black Duck Anas sparsa
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Cape Shoveler Anas smithii
European Roller Coracias garrulus
Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maximus
Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
Little Swift Apus affinis
White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus
Fiery-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis
Rock Dove Columba livia
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Denham's Bustard Neotis denhami
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolis
African Darter Anhinga rufa
Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
African Spoonbill Platalea alba
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Cape Batis Batis capensis
Cape Crow Corvus capensis
Pied Crow Corvus albus
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata
Black Saw-wing Psalidoprocne holomelaena
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Cape White-eye Zosterops capensis
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla
Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea
Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea
Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis
African Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris
Brimstone Canary Serinus sulphuratus
Streaky-headed Seedeater Serinus gularis
Mammals - 4 species  
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Southern African Pygmy Mouse Mus minutoides
Grey Rhebok Pelea capreolus
Common Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia
Reptiles - 1 species  
Common Slugeater Duberria lutrix
Frogs - 2 species  
Common Platanna Xenopus laevis
Flat Caco Cacosternum platys