02 September 2012 – a date with a sewage works

We decided to head to Strandfontein Sewage Works this morning to take advantage of the good weather and get in a little bit of bird photography. Even before we got to the actual sewage works, we encountered a lovely adult Black Sparrowhawk which even posed for a few slightly distant photos before heading off.

Black Sparrowhawk

On arrival at the works, we located a large flock of feeding swifts wheeling over the entrance road and spent quite a bit of time trying to get decent photos of them. The flock consisted of mostly African Black Swifts with a few White-rumped and Little Swifts mixed in as well.

African Black Swift

We spent the next few hours wandering around the sewage works picking up a number of common species. Unfortunately, there was nothing really exciting and, yet again, those damn Cape Grysbok avoided showing themselves and remain elusive on our challenge list. We also spent quite a bit of time searching through the Arum Lilies in the hope of finding an Arum Lily Frog, but we lucked out on this as well and, despite turning over whatever rocks we could find, there was not a single reptile to be found. Nevertheless, it was a nice morning out and we came away with a handful of satisfactory photos of fairly common species as well…:)

Cape Shoveler

Cape Teal

Little Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Swift Tern

Greater Flamingo

Common Waxbill


~ by hardakerwildlife on September 27, 2012.

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