Popped out quickly yesterday for a visit to the WCNP, specifically Geelbek’s bird hide. The quickly part being due to a pushing tide. Heading off to the park, I worried the wind would be blowing too hard, but on arrival in Langebaan, it wasn’t unpleasant at all. On route to Geelbek we stopped to place a teeny tiny tortoise out of harms way…harms way in this case being a constant stream of ladies in large 4×4′s, not all sticking to the speed limit, sadly enough
The tide was moving in fast at the hide, pushing the Curlew Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstone ever closer to the hide until they took off, almost in unison, to another shoreline. A lone Grey Plover stood to one side of the hide in the shallows and an immature Grey Heron posed statue-like in deeper waters. A Caspian Tern hovered and dove several times into the lagoon before managing to catch lunch.
On the way back a Southern Black Korhaan crossed the road and a pair of Black Harriers flew overhead. Of course ostriches were ever present as were Karoo Scrub-robins.
My birding withdrawal jitters over, I am now ready to face a busy week!
p.s. if anyone knows of a REALLy good guide(book) to waders, please let me know…..