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Strandfontein

Pelicans

Sewage lagoon

Great White Pelicans

Following a delayed finish to the morning business session, and the signing of tomes to release the hire car, we arrived here at around 2:30pm. The general area was found quite easily - after following Baden Powell Drive (R310) east along the shoreline for around 7km, and then heading north for 4km, the turn for "Zeekoevlei" was obvious. This took us past a large lake behind a line of trees to the right, which looked fairly uninteresting. Looking for the entrance to the actual sewage works was not totally straightforward - the more obvious track before some disused buildings was barriered. The real track was just after the buildings, and much less impressive. The track from here was very sandy, and initially followed the northern and then western edges of the lagoons.

Sacred Ibises

Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibises & Grey Heron

Sacred Ibis & Cattle Egrets

The area covered by these is quite large - each of the dozen or so individual lagoons is quite wide, and seemingly reasonably deep, with at the most only small amounts of reed fringes. The tracks running through them vary from rough or sandy, to almost average. Birding seemed to start quite slowly, and built up nicely as the day went on. First birds seen were a few wildfowl in the form of Cape Teal, and Blacksmiths Plovers and Cattle Egrets. Things looked up when we chanced upon a couple of Orange-throated Longclaws and Mossies. Species such as Crested Coot, Egyptian Goose, and Little Grebe seem to be on almost every lagoon, but sorting through the small groups of wildfowl uncovered Southern Pochard and Yellow-billed Duck. One of the smaller and shallower lagoons chanced upon later had more reeds and some exposed mud, with a varied collection, including good numbers of Red-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Shoveler, and a single South African Shelduck (which fairly promptly retreated into the reeds), Sacred Ibis and White Pelicans. Good numbers of Plain Swifts had been seen throughout the afternoon, but a late treat were large numbers of White-rumped Swifts & White-throated Swallows, and single Little Swift, hawking close in over the track and adjacent lagoon. At this point, it was time to leave, so naturally as we drove back along the tracks, birds seemed to increase in numbers. The track along the western edge seemed particularly good for Tinkling Cisticola and Cape Bulbul. A single Fiscal Flycatcher was almost passed up as a Fiscal Shrike - too easy a mistake to make! Overall, the view of the area changed as the day went on - at first hard work with few birds, but finally one of wishing for more time to enjoy a good site.

Tinlking Cisticola

Cape Wagtail

Tinkling Cisticola

Cape Wagtail

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