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Birding on the Agulhas Plain

The Agulhas Plain is a renowned birding destination. According to the Agulhas Plains Birding Project, a project run between 2010 and 2015, the Plain is home to 235 species – as recorded on the project list to date. And this list is continuously growing.

The Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm itself is home to a number of these bird species. Birders found the Red-chested Flufftail close to the Waagschaalvlei on the Black Oystercatcher farm. The wetland is also home to an increasing number of African Marsh-Harriers, believed to be moving back to the area because of the invasive alien clearing work taking place on the Plain.

Other exciting birds found on the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (of which the Black Oystercatcher is a member) and surrounds include the Hottentot Buttonquail, the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, the Montagu’s Harrier, the African Goshawk, the Amur Falcon and the Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk.

Experts were also excited about the Lark-like Bunting, and the Tambourine- and Lemon Dove (the latter two were only heard in the region).

The Agulhas Plains Birding Project also found evidence of the Southern Black Korhaan. These birds used to occur frequently in the area, but had all but disappeared in recent years. Three of these Korhaan were seen over the five years.

The Black Oystercatcher region is also well-known as a birding destination for those looking for LBJ’s (known as Little Brown Jobs), such as the larks, cisticolas, reed-warblers and pipits. The African Black Duck Hide is near the Zoetendals Winery and gives birders the opportunity to try and see this elusive species.

For a full list of bird species spotted on the Agulhas Plain as part of the project, click here.

Birding along the Nuwejaars floodplain, Agulhas Plains

An article from Western Cape Birding: The sun was actually out over the Overstrand! Peter Hochfelden asked me to do the guiding on a trip to Voëlvlei near the Agulhas National Park during the Stanford Bird Fair and our decision to do a ‘recce’ was blessed with a cloudless sky. Chris Cheetham joined us for this one. More 

 

Nearby Birding Areas

Agulhas National Park

Nuwejaars Floodplains

De Mond Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve

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