by Annamarie Krynauw

Saturday morning 19th May nineteen members visited Paul Cluver Wine Estate. We had permission to drive anywhere on the farm. We drove between apple orchards and then towards the Greenland Mountain range.
A pair of Denham Bustards to start with made everyone excited! After that we saw African Stonechats, Malachite- and Orange-breasted Sunbirds working on the proteas as well as African Pipit. At the farm dam we saw African Jacanas, Common Moorhens, Yellow-billed and White-backed Ducks, Cattle Egrets, Little Grebes and Cape Robin-chats. A giant Kingfisher flew over and landed on a rock.
We had a good view of the neighbour’s dam (Oak Valley estate) and saw Spur-winged- and Egyptian Geese and Crowned Lapwings. In the distance in a tree a Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk was spotted and a Jackal Buzzard flew over.
Back at the farmhouse we strolled in the garden seeing White eyes, Cape Weavers, Cape Bulbuls, common Starlings and Cape Wagtails.
A few of us did the wine tasting and learned that some of the vineyards were taken out because of age. It was the last year for the “Gewurztraminer”.
On our way out we stopped at the Lilly pond and saw African Snipes, an Olive Thrush and Reed Cormorants. Our total count for the day was 41 species.