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Mission: Cape Rock-jumper

August 13, 2013

Birding Africa guide Tertius Gous writes: Keen Dutch birder Erik Ernens joined me yesterday for a half-day trip to Rooiels with one singular aim, to see the Cape Rock-jumper. We knew the weather would be against us and the day started with intermittent pre-frontal rain that would continue throughout the morning. Fortunately the day was successful and we had great views of a male bird, first high up on the slope and then again later right down along the path. We were drenched, but very happy, and according to Erik, the Cape Rock-jumper is the most beautiful South African bird! Other good birds were Verreaux’s Eagle, Cape Rock-Thrush, Cape Grassbird, Victorin’s Warbler, nesting Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Grey-backed Cisticola, Yellow Bishop and on the way back we found Lesser Flamingo, Maccoa Duck and Southern Pochard.

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Cape Rock-jumper on a day tour from Cape Town

Cape Rock-jumper on a day tour from Cape Town

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