Cape Recife - an Atlas outing

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10 years 5 months ago #6043 by Doug
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Hi all.

Being down in the Eastern Cape for the important BLSA Eastern Cape imbizo and an atlas workshop, a few of us decided to atlas the Cape Recife area.

I must say having only done a little atlasing up till now, this was amazingly easy. Yes a little prep work beforehand would be ideal but having someone with us that knew the reserve made it easier.

We never had much time so we did our mandatory 2 hours and covered all of the habitats as best we could.

We had some awesome sightings.

Unfortunately the first bird we saw was Common Starling but that was to be expected. The ever-present coastal sounds of Sombre Green-bul were heard all over the place as to were the constantly calling Karoo Prinias.

As we got down towards the beach and the tern roost we started picking up seabirds. First to be added to our list was Swift Tern and soon we also added Cape Gannet. African Black Oystercatcher wwere all over the beaches. More terns followed with Sandwich Tern and Common Tern. One of the group shouted "wader!" and managed to get good enough views to ID Grey Plover. Sanderlings were also all over the area. We definitely also added Little Tern and a tern we still need to read up on before calling it may well have been Roseate tern.

Heading inland we got excellent close up views with great fly-overs of African Crowned Eagle and nice views of Southern Tchagra. Also present in the coastal bush was Bar-throated Apalis.

A little hide at a pan revealed many water birds including Cape Shoveler and Little Egret.

Heading back to the coast we added Caspian Tern and a walk up to the lookout over the beach added Ruddy Turnstone and an albatross out to sea that was to far away to call.

All in all a very successful two hours atlas attempt that revealed 53 species in 2 hours and 2 lifers for myself (3 if we decide the mystery tern was Roseate.

All in all once again proving that with a little effort and a bit of time, atlasing can be awesome fun.


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