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Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa

Velddrif Estuary BirdsThis Velddrif site, on the estuary of the Berg River, is a proposed RAMSAR site. The hide and boardwalk is in the town, on the R399 towards Piketberg, and open from 09H00 to 21H00.

The hide overlooks an area of tidal mudflats and salt marshes where more than 200 species of birds can be viewed. Common species include Eastern White Pelicans, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Pied Malachites and Giant Kingfishers. Migratory waders are in abundance during summer.

This lower area of the Berg River has become known as the “hotspot” for rare waders. There are few if any other areas in the entire country where so many rare waterbirds can be seen. Recent rarities include the Little Blue Heron, Hudsonian Godwit, Black Harrier and Lesser Yellowlegs.  Arrangements have to be made with the local Tourism office for the keys. Tourism  +27 22 783 1821

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