Cape Town Birding Tours

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  Pied Avocet
Route follows a 'forgotten highway' into the vast arid interior of the Great Karoo with its scenically spectacular vistas and rugged mountain ranges that are home to some of the most sought after local endemics. An early start through the winelands of the Western Cape to Wellington and the foot of the impressive Bain's Kloof Pass marks the start of the day. Typical fynbos species along the pass include Victorin's Warbler and Orange-breasted Sunbird. At the summit Cape Rock Thrush and Fiscal Flycatcher are known to occur. Following the descent into the valley below the route to the arid Karoo passes through mixed habitat with the odd stop off for sightings along the way. On reaching the rain shadow beyond Theronsberg Pass the vegetation changes dramatically and within the bird mix. Pied Starlings give way to Pale-winged Starlings, Chanting Goshawks, Karoo Robins and Karoo Chats while the rocky hills are where Mountain Chats, Ground Woodpeckers, Dusky Sunbirds, Layard's Titbabbler and the elusive Cinnamon-breasted Warbler are to be found. Along the drainage lines Pririt Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Namaqua Prinia, Yellow-bellied Eremomela and Titbabbler are found. Scanning the open ' bossiesveld' should produce sightings of Ludwig's Bustard and Karoo Korhaan while a walk is likely to produce views of Spike-heeled Lark, Yellow canary, Black-headed Canary ( after the rains ), Karoo Eremomela, Rufous-eared Warbler, Grey-backed Cisticola, Namaqua Sandgrouse and Karoo Lark. Open stretches of water will attract Avocet and South African Shelduck while the adjacent reedbeds will accommodate Cape Weaver and African Marsh Warbler in summer. Raptors are well represented with both Booted and Black Eagles in the area. Two nights in an approved establishment offering full board constitutes the birding base whereafter we return to Simon's Town via Du Toit's Kloof and the Hugenot tunnel.

Tanqua Karoo Spring Flowers

Key Species: Karoo & Trac Trac Chat, Chat Flycatcher, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Greater Kestrel, Ludwig's Bustard, Karoo and Spike-heeled Lark, Grey-backed and Black-eared Finch Lark, Yellow-bellied and Karoo Eremomela, Rufous-eared and Namaqua Warbler, Layard's and Rufous-vented Titbabbler, Southern Grey Tit and Cinnamon-breasted Warbler.

Ludwig's Bustard Mountain Wheatear Cinnamon-breasted Warbler
Booted Eagle Pale Chanting Goshawk
Spike-heeled Lark Karoo Korhaan Black Eagle Namaqua Warbler
Namaqua Sandgrouse Yellow Canary Sclater's Lark Cape Penduline Tit

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