Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Several Greater Flamingoes, 2 Cape Teal and a family of South African Shelducks on a pool behind the beach at Lambert's Bay in the morning, and nearby several Haviside’s Dolphins jumping offshore but fairly distant and 2 White-fronted Plovers and several Hartlaub’s Gulls on the beach and more unusually a Pied Kingfisher feeding in rock pools.

White-fronted Plover

South African Shelduck

Several hundred Cape Gannets present on Bird Island giving superb close views along with many Crowned Cormorants and a few White-breasted and Cape Cormorants.

Cape Gannet
Cape Gannet colony
Cape Cormorant

2+ Jackass Penguins seen briefly here along with several Swift Terns, a Pearl-breasted Swallow and many Hartlaub's and Kelp Gulls.

Hartlaub's Gull
Kelp Gull

An hour-long boat trip into the bay produced amazing views of 12+ Haviside’s Dolphins which came to play around the boat almost continuously but were frustratingly difficult to photograph being so fast moving. Also many Cape Fur Seals around the rocks.

Haviside's Dolphin

Cape Fur Seal

Another drive towards Eland Bay produced much the same as yesterday but also Common Waxbill, Hadeda and Sacred Ibises, Yellow Canary, Lesser Double-collared and Malachite Sunbird, male Pin-tailed Whydah, 3+ European Bee-eaters and a lone Blue Crane.
Blue Crane
Several whales blowing distantly offshore but not seen to be able to identify them confidently, and later on 1+ Southern Right Whale blowing and lob-tailing seen from the hotel balcony late afternoon.

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