Trip report: South Africa (Custom tour, Oct-Nov 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Josh Engel. This was a custom tour with a similar itinerary to our set departure tour.

For an arrival day, we packed a lot in! After picking up part of the group in the morning, we did what any tourist to Cape Town would do—headed straight for the sewage works. As usual, Strandfontein was full of birds. Pretty soon we were racking up good birds, including Levaillant’s Cisticola, Southern Pochard, Purple Swamphen, and Lesser Swamp-Warbler. After a return trip to the airport to pick up the last participant, we actually did do what many tourists do on their first day in Cape Town and made our way to the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens. Even in the afternoon it was full of birdsong. We saw many typical birds of the gardens, including the stunning Orange-breasted Sunbird, great views of a Southern Boubou, plus the resident Spotted Eagle-Owl family, complete with two downy chicks on their usual nesting rock.

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