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Popular Birding Spots and Bird Sighting Highlights of the Year at Agulhas National Park

The Agulhas National Park recently published an article in their e-newsletter about birding in the region. The article was republished by Western Cape Birding and contains interesting tidbits of information on birds that can be found here.

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Wim de Klerk identified 10 bird species in the park, including Hottentot Buttonquail, Agulhas Long-billed Lark and Denham’s Bustard. The article contains suggestions on the best birding spots, for example the Saltpans and Melkbospan.

At the end of the article regular birders share their highlights of the year at Agulhas National Park. Read the article:

Birding highlights – Sharon Brink
One of the highlights of our visits to the ANP was the most unexpected visit by a Black Harrier to the coastline, we often see them over the fields but never on the coastal strip. Another stunning surprise was a Spotted Eagle Owl on the signpost Southernmost Point just below the Lighthouse. We had gone early for sunrise photographs and there was the owl sitting quite happily ‘showing’ the way to the southernmost point. The narrow bit of vegetation below the road that goes to Suiderstrand always seems to produce an unusual abundance of birdlife and here I am not referring to seabirds, but much rather your land-based birds such as Grassbirds, Cape Bulbul, Canaries, Cisticolas, Prinias and many more.

Dr Wim De Klerk, Birder
Best sighting: Hottentot Buttonquail in the Rietfontein area. Favourite birding spot: Rietfontein area.

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