The dry winter is not the best time to observe birds in the Great Fish River Nature Reserve – certainly not from within the confines of one’s vehicle over very rough roads which jolt one from side to side, along with having to be extra vigilant about avoiding being scratched by the Vachellia thorns on the branches that protrude well into the road in places. Birding is often an adventure waiting to happen.
This is the reed-lined entrance to the Kentucky Bird Hide overlooking the Khwalamanzi Dam.
Given the prolonged drought in the Eastern Cape, we should not have been surprised to be greeted by this:
In February 2015 the dam looked like this.
Then we saw a flock of Yellow-billed Ducks.
And a pair of Egyptian Geese were nesting on a mound in front of the bird hide.
At least there was a small herd of kudu to see this time!
A careful scrutiny of the surrounds and much patience revealed a Brown-hooded Kingfisher waiting to catch – who can tell what?
I later spotted another one at the picnic site adjacent to the Great Fish River.
On our way out, I saw a Cape Wagtail posing on a fence.
My bird list for this visit is as follows:
Cape Glossy Starling
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Pale Chanting Goshawk