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Trip Report: Cape Endemics Tour, 16-19 June 2009

Summary: We designed a custom 4-day trip around the Western Cape, South Africa, for Paul Mostyn, an experienced birder from the UK with over 1000 birds on his Africa lifelist. Paul had done two trips in southern Africa before, but never in the Cape region, so the aim of the trip was to get as many of the Cape endemics as possible on his list. On our journey to find these birds, we explored the Cape coastline, West Coast strandveld habitat, farmlands of the Swartland and Overberg, the unique Mountain fynbos and the desert expanses and cliffs of the desolate Tanqua Karoo. Although it was winter, we had perfect weather and many fine encounters including a host of spectacular fynbos and Karoo endemics. Some of the highlights were spending time with a group of Cape Rock-jumpers in the mountains with Verreaux’s Eagle, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Siskin and Orange-breasted Sunbird all around; very close Protea Seedeaters which defied being called skulking; a spectacular territorial dispute between two groups of Karoo Korhaan; tremendous views of Cinnamon-breasted warbler (less than a metre from our feet!); Karoo Eremomelas and Rufous-eared Warbler together on the Karoo plains; all three Long-billed Lark species possible – Cape, Karoo and Agulhas; a single field with over 25 Cape Vultures, Blue Cranes and 4 Denham’s Bustards; Knysna Woodpecker less than 20 metres away; and a host of excellent mammal sightings including Cape Fox and Striped Polecat.

Click here to read the fully illustrated trip report, with pictures taken by Callan Cohen and Campbell Fleming on this 4-day trip.

Paul also joined us for a pelagic (see pelagic trip report) and a “Fynbos endemics and Hottentot Buttonquail” day trip from Cape Town (see trip report).

Protea Seedeater, Knysna Woodpecker and Cinnamon-breasted Warbler on a Cape Endemics Birding Africa Tour © Callan Cohen,

A Birding Africa Trip Report by Campbell Fleming and Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen.

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Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders.  We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.  We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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