Nature Notes

January 28, 2013

Birding Cape Point Reserve: South Africa

Filed under: Birds,South Africa — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Cape Sugarbird

At the Southwest tip of Africa is the Cape Point. It is close to the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and although the climate can be moderate, the seas can be rough. Indeed the original name in Portuguese translated as Cape of Storms until the early spin doctors had it changed to Cape of Good Hope.Mammals are represented by the Caracal, Chacma Baboons, and a wide variety of bucks including the large Bontebok.

The bird species are spectacular. Ostriches roam about unconcerned by the many visitors, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Cape Bulbul and Cape Sugarbirds (all endemic to the south of South Africa), 4 species of Cormorants, and the endangered African Oystercatcher.Just outside the Reserve is a famous colony of Jackass or African Penguins at Simonstown.

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