Report by Dieter Oschadleus on our first BDI bird ringing in the Paardeberg.
The Paardeberg stands out as a mountainous island in an agricultural landscape between Paarl/Wellington and Malmesbury in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. Very little bird ringing has taken place here, so Les Underhill and I had a bird ringing session in the Paardeberg, on Bowwood Farm, on Wednesday, 28 March 2018.
The top species was Cape White-eye (n=22), followed by Southern Masked Weavers (n=8), of which two were males in partial breeding plumage. The ring of one bird has been recovered in the Paardeberg area, a Cape Weaver ringed with ring 231054 in Tygerberg.
Thanks to Julian and Bridget Johnsen for hosting us! We hope to do a lot more bird ringing in the Paardeberg.
Dieter Oschadleus leads the BDI bird ringing expeditions, and is able to organise bird ringing courses (having run many courses in South Africa, and some in the Seychelles). Dieter is also a registered bird guide in South Africa, and has birded widely in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond. View all posts by Dieter Oschadleus →