Birding along the Dry Westcoast and Langebaan

Birding along the Dry Westcoast and LangebaanNorth of Cape Town, situated alongside the fishing port of Saldahna bay, one finds Langebaan Lagoon.

Part of the Westcoast National Park, the Lagoon hosts a vast variety of summer migrant waders, which can be seen from the well-placed hides. This is one of few occasions that one has the opportunity to view birds from birdhides with minimum disturbance.

Langebaan Lagoon is also a RAMSAR site where up to 50 000 migrant Waders from Northern Europe in their winter plumage gather to enjoy the Southern Summer.

The surrounding strandveld and freshwater pans in this dry west coast of South Africa are home to the:

  • Black and Marsh Harrier
  • Cape Penduline Tit and Layards Tit-Babbler
  • Yellow Canary and Cape Bulbul
  • Karoo and Southern Thick-billed Larks
  • Cape Long-billed Lark
  • Cape Clapper Lark
  • Sickle-winged Chat

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