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A Wandering Migrant visits Cape Point NP

Unread post by Caracal » Sun May 15, 2016 9:15 pm

A Wandering Migrant at Cape Point ??? Hah..got you all there. :D The Wandering Migrant is myself..I arrived back in South Africa last weekend from spending 6 weeks in New Zealand. In my absence my Birding Buddies had bought a new car. And this car...aptly named Dusty...needed to be inspected by myself and what better way than to take it on a birding jaunt. We opted for Cape Point as we had not been there in a while. The morning started off quite misty but it soon cleared into one of those beautiful Autumn Cape days. Needless to say Dusty has my approval :dance: – the back seat has ample of room for my cameras etc. :clap: What kind and considerate friends I have that take me into account when buying a new car. :k  We hit the road and before too long we were at the entrance to Cape Point. This is when I discovered that I had neglected to bring my handbag along so I was not in possession of my wild card, nor my wallet..nor my glasses. :evil: I’m not entirely sure where my head was when we left home but luckily for some of us others of us were able to pay R125.00 to get me into Cape Point. We had driven all the way there so I just had to grit my teeth and pay the entry fee.
We made our way to Olifantsbos and we were pleased to see how well the vegetation had recuperated since the devastating fires of March 2015. Many Orange-breasted Sunbirds were flitting around the bushes but proved impossible to capture on camera. Just before arriving at the beach at Olifantsbos we saw 3 Klipspringers on top of the ridge. They looked quite relaxed and were unaware of the cameras firing away at them. It is the first time I have seen Klipspringers in the park.

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Two White-necked Ravens flew overhead but we were more interested in the Jackal Buzzard that put in an appearance. It flew towards us and just hovered in the air…looking from left to right clearly looking for a snack. It flew off without finding anything to catch.

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We walked along the beach which was covered in smelly kelp. :roll: Birdlife consisted of Sacred Ibis, Oystercatchers, Kittlitz’s Plovers, Cape Wagtails, Familiar Chats, Cape Bulbuls and a few Mousebirds. When we got back to the carpark a photo session was in order…

Rob and Rookie alongside Dusty.

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Lots of laughter over silly selfies ensued – so much so that we almost missed the Peregrine Falcon that flew over our heads.
Our next stop was the Visitor’s centre. This is really a lovely spot in Cape Point …especially when the Aloes are in flower.

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We had hoped to find a Cape Grassbird but we dipped on that. But two Kestrels, a Black-shouldered Kite, Cape Buntings, Cape Sugarbirds, Malachite Sunbirds, Southern Boubou and a Bokmakierie kept us entertained.
This cute little Bunting was determined to show me his best side…

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Up next was the Southern Boubou.

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The two Rock Kestrels were putting on a good show for us but somehow or other I never got a decent shot of them. :evil: I faired a bit better with the Black-shoulderd Kite though.

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There was much activity around the Aloes…

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A few baboons were mooching around as well – they were not too interested in us. Thank Goodness.
We then moved onto Buffelsbay . Not many birds around apart from Gulls, Swift Terns, a Cormorant or two and the ever bobbing Wagtails. A few Dassies were enjoying the warmth from the sun.

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The late afternoon light lends itself to some lovely photos. This is when I noticed that I had not replaced the card in my other camera :evil: :evil: :evil: …so I took a few scenic shots with my cell phone

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And our shadows…

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With that it was time to head off home…
A lovely afternoon spent in a beautiful park right on our doorstep.
It was well worth the R125.00 :thumbs_up:

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Re: A Wandering Migrant visits Cape Point NP

Unread post by Hugh » Sun May 15, 2016 9:21 pm

My what super photos Caracal and it was a well spent R125 good thing the others remembered their cards .
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Unread post by Rookie » Sun May 15, 2016 10:45 pm

So THAT is what my photos are supposed to look like! :?
Nice little report and great photos as usual Caracal! :cam: :clap:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon May 16, 2016 5:54 am

Oh dear, Caracal, I can so relate to the items left behind. :roll: I have one it myself on more than one occasion.

Lovely pictures. I do love the little bunting. What a round little ball of cuteness.

The image of the view at the visitors center is just too beautiful. Those Aloes are spectacular. What a blue sea and sky.

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Unread post by gatita » Mon May 16, 2016 1:52 pm

:yaya: it seems that you had a wonderful day :dance: :dance:

stunning pictures of birds and scenery and I love the dassies :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon May 16, 2016 2:36 pm

What a fabulous series of photos! It really looked like the perfect day for your outing.

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Unread post by Caracal » Mon May 16, 2016 6:27 pm

Thanks all for reading and the lovely comments..much appreciated. :)

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Re: A Wandering Migrant visits Cape Point NP

Unread post by hilda » Tue May 17, 2016 6:46 am

Thank you for the lovely report of your wonderful day out Caracal! Beautiful Klipspringertjies on the ridge, lovely Jackal Buzzard in flight, and a very pretty little Bunting posing for you! :clap: :clap:

Quite a lot of birds captured beautifully by you, and I love the fat Dassie in the sun! Great scenery shots too! :dance: :dance:

Thank you for sharing! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by George_Brits » Tue May 17, 2016 8:08 am

thank you so much for sharing all those beautiful piccies, caracal. I looooooooove it! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by barryels » Tue May 17, 2016 12:51 pm

What a wonderful day out with such an array of stunning scenery and bird pictures Caracal :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by Caracal » Tue May 17, 2016 9:18 pm

Thank you again to Barryels, George_Brits and Hilda for the lovely comments. :)

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Unread post by manicwalker » Wed May 18, 2016 5:25 am

Beautiful photos...
Love the birdie pics for sure :clap: :clap:
Loving this TT and thanks for sharing your beautiful photos :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: A Wandering Migrant visits Cape Point NP

Unread post by arks » Wed May 18, 2016 7:44 am

Yes, I must also make a visit to Cape Point soon :wall: -- thanks for the great pix! Excellent incentive for me to visit myself :lol: ... especially to try to find those klippies 8) and the peregrine :mrgreen:
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Unread post by phhun » Wed May 18, 2016 6:35 pm

Caracal, such lovely pics of the Cape birdlife.
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Unread post by salamanda » Wed May 18, 2016 7:54 pm

Well I came looking for the wandering migrant, but was not disappointed - the most lovely photos to look at and some interesting birds. Thanks for sharing the trip with us Caracal.


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